998 Denver

Trip Start Jan 06, 2007
Trip End Jan 11, 2007

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Flag of United States  , Colorado
Sunday, January 7, 2007

Coming up toward Denver is amazing. You see some clouds in the distance, but after a few seconds, you realize that it's actually the snow on top of the mountains. They're definitely majestic and I understand why driving through Colorado is a treat. At Denver we knew we had to choose where we were going next. We both had an idea of what we should be doing, but we never explicitly discussed what was best. We were going to stop just before the city to stop and eat, but there simply were no restaurants before the city. So we just kinda went through. At one point there was a split. 25 to go south and 70 to go east. We decided to just go on 25 and figured we could back track if we want to change paths. Along the way all we saw was a lot of industrial areas and the mile high flea market, and a lot of factories. Also, more prominently, we saw a lot of cars in the snow banks. A few weeks prior Denver had been hit hard by a blizzard and the snow still was on the ground. The roads were fine, there were a few icy patches, but nothing that a Minnesota driver couldn't handle. So seeing cars in snowbanks was a bit curious to the both of us. It was almost as if they had to purposely mess up just to get in there.

Anyway, passing through downtown Denver was fun for Randy, a bit stressful for me since everyone was going below the speed limit. I was getting frustrated with Denver's drivers. Eventually we saw a commercial area and stopped off and got lunch. We had lunch at a place called Gunther Toody's. We didn't see much else and we had no idea what kind of place it was. It just looked like a sit-down restaurant. When we got in, we found out it was a 50s style diner with genuine themery. A real soda-fountain, phosphate drinks, music, indoor cadillac, bobby-socks and pony-tails, the whole she-bang. We were pleasantly surprised by the place. The food was pretty good as well.

At lunch we decided that we were going to head for the Grand Canyon first and then go from there. Once we decided to go SW, we both knew we were going to the Grand Canyon first. Randy had earlier mentioned wanting to go hiking, so I knew that heading there first was important to us.
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