Summer in to Winter

Trip Start Dec 06, 2006
Trip End Ongoing

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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

There's no messing about, we were told at the Grand Canyon that things were about to change. As we enjoyed the nutritious delights of another Days Inn breakfast Albuquerque we saw on the news and read about it in USA Today that there was a storm a blowin in. A cold one with snow and everything and we were heading straight for it in Denver. Not much to report from the daytime, just a straight drive up to Denver.

The nighttimes entertainment was sorted though, the Denver Nuggets against the Chicago Bulls. Sadly the Jordan and Pippen days are long gone and the Bulls are a bit rubbish nowadays. Luckily I'm not American so don't have any loyalties to speak of and so I chose to be a Denver fan for the night just because they've got Allen Iverson, an all star player on their team. One of a few players I've heard of, I really ought to get back in to my NBA. We were shuttled to the game from the hotel which was cool, they also offered to pick us up afterwards as the night shift is a bit boring for them.

I really enjoyed it and I'm tempted to see if there's a possibility of sneaking in another game during the trip. There was non-stop nonsense, if it wasn't the mascot doing stuff, the cheerleaders were out or there was a mini blimp or two flying about dropping tickets for freebies. The game itself was as expected with the Nuggets quickly getting up a lead which they eventually stretched out to an easy win. There wasn't too many breakaways with big dunks but there were one or two nice moves and a few decent slams in there. The only disappointment was the half time entertainment which wasn't quite as entertaining as I'd hoped. It was some dogs catching frisbees, I kid you not.

The next morning we woke up to snow! As promised in the forecasts winter arrived overnight and the good old days of 20 degree sunshine were behind us. It was freezing and as we headed north out of Denver it was getting colder and colder. We reached Cheyenne but by then it was -8 and the windscreen wash was actually water from the sunny west coast and was frozen solid. Hmmmm, decision time, do we keep going in to colder temperatures to see Mt Rushmore but not be able to see to drive, or head south to warmer temperatures to melt the car and up to Chicago on a different route. The second one won the day although it unfortunately meant heading back on ourselves a little bit. However, reaching Cheyenne means I can tick another state off the list. Now for the dull section of the US that no one really wants to bother with...

It's the life of a sales rep for a few days, all day on the road, each night in a different Days Inn. Perhaps I could be a rep for a rubbish fake beard company. You may have noticed I'm currently hairy, it's just because I felt like being hairy in the US to keep my chin warm in the winter. It's also an empathy beard for the poor moustachioed lads in New Zealand who are growing a dodgy Mo for Movember.
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harrisonhines on

Are you 'avin'a tin bath?
Colorado? That's only 2 states down from the US / Canada border. Alberta is on the US / Canada border. And guess what? Calgary is in Alberta! A mere 4 hours drive from the border.


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