. The last time I kept the car running while I slept was on my first road trip to Williamsburg, VA. And at that time, the battery died in my car, so I've always been wary about keeping the car on while I sleep. I woke up from the cold as well, so instead of just putting on the heat, I went and drove instead. It would've been tough for me to go back to sleep anyway. So we went onward and stopped at rest areas and sleeping and when it got cold, I drove again. We ended up outside Green River at 8 am. It was amazing to wake up in Utah. The scenery was just incredible. I had never expected Southern Utah to look like this. We were just outside Moab, and after hearing about another friend's experience in Moab, I regret not going through the national parks in Utah, but that's retrospect. By that time, the sun was up and we were warmer. So Randy finally took the car up again. He'd only driven from Kearney, NE to Ogallala, NE and Denver, CO to Pueblo, CO. So it'd been a while. After a few more tips on how to drive stick (like taking foot off accelerator while putting in the clutch), he started to shift smoothly. I was impressed with how quickly he got it after then.
We left Las Vegas with the intention of going through Utah as quickly as possible. Last time Randy had a bad experience with Utah because the cities are far and few in between. And almost running out of gas in Utah was not the optimal experience for him. Either way, we were both dead tired and I was driving. I couldn't imagine Randy trying to drive out of the parking garage. And both of us being dead tired and driving is a consistent theme, but after having walked up and down the Strip numerous times, it was fairly evident that we were going to be dead tired. We were able to get out of the Las Vegas area easily. But we missed the city glow. We got through Arizona and then past Zion national park. It would've been nice to see that area during the day, but we wanted to go as far as possible that night. We ended up near Parowan, UT. It was one of the few lit rest areas in UT. As always, we just reclined the seats in the Bug and it made a nice little bed. I hadn't realized before that Randy didn't have a blanket so I lent him one of mine, but early in the morning about an hour past, it was getting cold and we hadn't kept the heat on