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October 20th, 2010 (07:41 pm)


I don't even know where to begin.... I left Bellevue, Nebraska on Monday and drove all day through the states (stopped at the original Pony Express station - see above) and arrived in Denver just after seven. Monday evening was all about relaxing and I was introduced to Man from U.N.C.L.E. Oh, baby David McCallum - what a cutie. It was a pretty enjoyable show, and I like that you don't really have to see the episodes in order to be able to follow along.

Tuesday I spent the day down in Colorado Springs exploring the city but mostly hanging around the Garden of the Gods. It was extremely impressive! There is a mile loop around the area and I pretty much stuck to the center of the path (the warning for rattlesnakes was slightly off-putting). I saw a prairie falcon and lots of bugs but no snake or anything like that.

And then it was a squee-ful evening of new!NCIS. A good ep, but I can't wait until next weeks - I guess it's got a lot of focus on Abby. I shouldn't write about NCIS on this journal. Save it for my other one.. oh well.

Today I drove from Denver to Salt Lake City through the southern part of Wyoming. It was actually very pretty, but a little boring. Just outside of Laramie there is a Lincoln memorial, and it's at 8000+feet above sea level. I had a bag of chips on the back seat (a flavor you can't get at home) and all of a sudden I hear a bang! My first reaction was "oh holy shit, my car broke" but then i realized it was from the air pressure and the chips. It made me jump.

I made a few other quick stops, but nothing real notable. I arrived in Salt Lake City around 5pm, grabbed Subway for dinner and have been tucked in since about 6. It won't be a late night, that's for sure. Tomorrow I drive to Boise (only about 5 hours - checkout isn't until noon, so I'm hoping to sleep in). And then from Boise I head home via quick visits to some fam. in Eastern Washington.

Is my trip really over? It doesn't feel like it should be... although my body is telling me that enough is enough, and I need about a week to recover from it all. My muscles in my shoulders are tense beyond belief and since I haven't been able to settle into one place long enough, I haven't been sleeping as long or as deep as I usually do. I'm tired.


Posted by: Murgy (murgy31)
Posted at: October 21st, 2010 02:46 am (UTC)

These pics are beautiful! What an awesome trip!

Posted by: epicroadtrip (epicroadtrip)
Posted at: October 22nd, 2010 01:09 am (UTC)

Thank you! It's been a blast, but now that I'm one state/8 hours away from home I just want to hurry and get there!

Posted by: Maggie, or sometimes Georgie... (georgiamagnolia)
Posted at: October 21st, 2010 03:04 am (UTC)

Yay Vedauwoo(VeeDuhVoo)!!! And Big!LincolnHead for the win! There is nothing creepier than seeing that head loom out of the fog in the cold pre-dawn light of an early morning roadtrip, I'm tellin' ya!

I am sorry my homestate is pretty much boring prairie along I-80 *sad* But I am glad you got to Salt Lake safe.

Happy I could share the Baby!McCallum. *grin*

Posted by: epicroadtrip (epicroadtrip)
Posted at: October 22nd, 2010 01:10 am (UTC)

It wasn't so much boring, just long. And it was lots prettier than the drive between Salt Lake and Boise!

And Baby!McCallum... I just want to pinch his cheeks and say "ducky, how's your mum?"

Posted by: finlaure (finlaure)
Posted at: October 21st, 2010 02:55 pm (UTC)

You should hear it when your bottle of shampoo explodes in your suitcase that was packed at 500ft sea level... and made it all the way to over 7000 ft sea level before it decided to coat my suitcase in shampoo. The clothes washed very well. I learned after that to wrap every bottle in a plastic bag. Glad it wasn't your car!
And it is the Rattle Snake you Don't see that you have to worry about!!!!!!

Posted by: epicroadtrip (epicroadtrip)
Posted at: October 22nd, 2010 01:11 am (UTC)

Eeps! I always pack my shampoo in plastic, so... I don't have to worry about that.

I really want to see a Rattle Snake in the wild - but far, far away. We have them in Eastern Washington, but have never seen one on my way to my Grandmas.

Posted by: worthy of love (dolmadez)
Posted at: October 21st, 2010 03:16 pm (UTC)

I visited the Giant Lincoln in Laramie just recently! Did you notice the tree in the rock nearby? We didn't notice it in time to stop and take pictures, but we passed it on the highway.

Posted by: epicroadtrip (epicroadtrip)
Posted at: October 22nd, 2010 01:13 am (UTC)

I did see it, but didn't get the chance to take a pic. Oops!

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