Understanding Road Rage

Trip Start Jul 03, 2009
Trip End Aug 16, 2009

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Teton Village Inn and Spa

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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

We woke up in Rapid City South Dakota this morning and headed right out to what we both felt is an obligatory stop along any road trip…a dinosaur park. It was completely underwhelming as we expected that it might be, so we entertained ourselves taking some photos that maybe only we find amusing. Hope you enjoy.

Joe and I had a long day of driving ahead of us, about nine or ten hours. This would be our longest day of driving for the entirety of the trip. We are equipped to handle such a situation with car games, a book called "Would You Rather," a full on intense game of 50 state license plate (only five states left!), some audio books, an iPod full of playlists and Sirius Radio in Westie, our Kia.

We also do a pretty good job of amusing each other. Joe decided that the signs cautioning drivers to be wary of deer looked kind of homosexual on two legs, sort of prancing deer. This made us think of our dear friends Jessica and Justin who are not homosexual, but, they turned us onto a fabulous web series called Charlie The Unicorn about a gay unicorn. Every time we saw a sign with the deer one of us would screech “CHARLIE” which the reader only understands if they've seen the series. We highly recommend a viewing on You Tube, just type in Charlie the Unicorn to understand just how funny this ramble is.

We stopped in a tiny town called Ten Sleeps for lunch, true proof that one can find good food anywhere, even in a town with 340 people. We found a lovely pizza place that made fresh wood stone pizzas and even had homemade root beer.

Off to Thermopolis Wyoming to Hot Springs State Park. If I could pick one State Park, this would be it. Free 20 minutes in a 104 degree hot spring. This was a much needed relaxation stop off.

Now onto the topic of today’s blog, road rage. Since Joe and I never drive in NYC this is not really a phenomenon we experience often. We are either the subject of road rage as pedestrians crossing against the light or might experience an angry cab driver at the most. Let me tell you what brings on road rage:

 a white van going just under the 35 mph speed limit through the black hills with no opportunity to pass for miles and miles.

The eighth time Kat Perry’s “Waking Up In Vegas” plays on satellite radio.

A line of cars screeching to a halt to look at a buffalo that is grazing 25 miles in the distance.

Old people who can’t reach the steering wheel.

We were glad to approach Teton Village where we were staying for the next two evenings. Keep in mind we had been in the car for about ten hours at this point. It’s dark. All of a sudden, the windy road with a 15mph speed limit turns to gravel. Poor Joe can barely see. Thoughts of what type of hotel/inn this might be flood our brains. Luckily, we reached the beautiful Teton Village Resort and Spa safely. We were rewarded with an in-room hot tub which we definitely needed after our long day.

More from Jackson Wyoming tomorrow! 
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