Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Day 41

Day 41 – Tuesday – July 17, 2012

0650 Oh so tired!  I do not want to get up but we have a long drive ahead.  Scott has already left for work.
0720 Kids are up.  Eat breakfast.
0802 Leave Scott’s house.
0811 Jack in the box for coffee and breakfast.
0822 Gas, $3.51/gallon
0842 Buffalo.  Decided not to stop at the overlook because I doubted the buffalo would be around.  But I was wrong.  So we missed our chance.  Boo!
0916 Eisenhower Tunnel, elevation 11,013 feet.  Current temperature, 54 degrees.
0918 Continental Divide – right in the middle of the tunnel!
0933 So many dead trees here from the pine beetles.  Sad.
0945 Rest stop.  It’s cold up here in the mountains today – 56 degrees.
0955 Vail Pass, elevation 10,662 feet
1001 Vail. Elevation 8150 feet.
1043 Colorado River.  The water is red.  There are some people floating down river on innertubes.
1046 Glenwood Canyon.
1048 White River National Forest.  Funny since the river I see right now is red.
1056 Grizzly Creek rest area.  Nice stop to be able to walk down and wade in the Colorado River.  Felisa slipped on the wet rocks and fell in.  She was not happy.  Ryan said it looked like she was covered in “rock boogers” which made her even more unhappy.  We picked up a rock here for Alexis.  Some rafters passed by while we were here.
1132 Leaving the rest area.  Current temperature, 72 degrees.
1135 No Name, Colorado
1137 Glenwood Springs, elevation 5763 feet.
1147 Amtrak train passing by.
12:24 p.m. Report on the radio that there is a six-foot long, aggressive lizard loose in Woodland Park and it is capable of eating small dogs and cats. Yikes.
12:38 p.m. Still following the Colorado River.
12:45 p.m. Grand Junction.  Gas, $3.52/gallon. Also pick up a case of water as we are heading across the desert today on a more remote road. Gotta be prepared!
12:55 p.m. Jimmy Johns for lunch
1:24 p.m. Starbucks drive-thru.  Need more coffee!
1:34 p.m. Car with Alaska plates.  I think it is a sign that I need to visit Alaska.
2:04 p.m. Utah
2:34 p.m. Cyclist with a trailer.
2:58 p.m. There is a whole lotta nothing going on out here.
3:01 p.m. Green River
3:11 p.m. Goblin Valley State Park
3:14 p.m. Finally – the scenery is starting to get more interesting.
3:16 p.m. Scenic Overlook but Ryan is asleep so I decide to skip it.
3:30 p.m. News story on the radio – someone was training for a triathlon and was attacked by an otter and was bitten 25 times!
3:35 p.m. Ghost Rock View area.  Stop this time.  Current temperature, 77 degrees – not too bad.
4:09 p.m. No radio stations and my mp3 player is dead.  Not good!
4:13 p.m. UPS triple trailer.  I’ve seen a bunch of FedEx triples today too.
4:14 p.m. Fishlake National Forest
4:41 p.m. Salina, UT
4:44 p.m. Cows
5:20 p.m. 131 miles to Great Basin.
5:23 p.m. Fresh oil and chip on the road.  Feels like it’s still wet.  Hope nothing is getting on the van.
5:29 p.m. Random sand dunes.
5:55 p.m. Hotel!  Yay!  We go to dinner at the Mexican restaurant next door then hit the hotel pool before bed.
9:50 p.m. Bedtime!  Another long day ahead tomorrow.

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