Road Trip, Days 5-8

So, I’ve been out of touch with the world for a few days, and for that I apologize. After leaving Boulder on Thursday morning, I was out of contact with the internet and wider world until nearly Sunday. That being said, I certainly had some interesting events occur; here’s what happened!

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Road Trip, Day 4 (Hiatus)

Today, the fourth day of my cross-country road trip, was spent in Boulder (no traveling).

I stopped into the town early in the morning to pick up some camping gear. That’s right, folks—at least one of the following nights will be spent in a campsite! Got my tent, butane stove and flashlight all ready; now I just need some marshmallows (and a camp buddy—that’ll be the only disappointing part). The folks at REI were surprisingly helpful; Smudge and Vinny knew their stuff, and pointed me in the right direction for stoves that aren’t going to burn me and my tent down. (I may not even need a stove, but it’s fun to burn stuff.) I also stopped in to say hi to the folk in the Boulder Apple Store, and may possibly have picked up a new band for my watch.

  Later in the day I went for a bike ride with my father, which ended up being perhaps the most exercise I’ve had in nine years. My watch told me I’d burned nearly 700 calories during the ride alone, which is three times more than I usually do in a whole day (never mind when I’m driving for eleven hours a day). There’s some interesting stuff to see around here; some of you might remember Boulder was hit pretty hard with flooding a few years ago, and some of the bike trails north of Boulder are only just being repaired now. There’s a point where a bridge crosses the (now very low) Left Hand Creek, and there’s an old truck stuck in the mud there that was just simply washed away.

The rest of the evening I think will be a little more relaxing, while I pack for a 6:00 AM start tomorrow and tend to my sunburn. I figured I’d get this post up earlier today, so I can sit on my ass and forget the ache in my legs for the remainder of the night!

Additionally, I can’t promise I’ll be able to post tomorrow or the night after; I’m going into canyon land, and may be out of cell service for a while. I promise to take lots of pictures, however, and they will find their way here as soon as I’m able.

Thank you, and good night!

   
    
   

Road Trip, Day 3

I ended up getting into Boulder a little late last night, so yesterday’s trip is going to be recounted this morning. Having said that, there’s not much to tell; it turns out Kansas City to Boulder is one of the most desolate parts of the United States I’ve ever seen.

  I started out with a brief walk in Shawnee Mission Park just outside of Kansas City, which was actually pretty pleasant; most of the trees were still leafless, but there were a few buds and blooms coming up here and there, and the weather (for once) was gorgeous. There are a lot of nice walking trails around that area, and it’s almost a shame I had to get going to soon; I would have liked to spend a bit longer checking it all out.

  Around 10:00 AM, though, it was time to go, so I hit I70 and headed west. And west. And west. For over 500 miles, there’s literally nothing but grass, fields and grain silos. I did manage to find an old windmill (there are some new, fancy-ass windmills too, blighting the landscape) to take pictures of, but I’m actually kicking myself because there were at least two or three photo opportunities along the highway that I didn’t stop for. I was just a little too nervous about pulling over on the side of the highway and hopping a fence to take pictures of a graveyard and an abandoned farmhouse, although in hindsight I really, really should have.

In the end, there wasn’t much else to relate; I passed into Colorado around 3:00 PM, stopped to take a picture, and didn’t stop again until I hit Boulder. Below are what photos I was able to get, but I promise more will come as I travel west into the canyon lands!

Side note, I finally picked up a GPS tagger for my Nikon camera, so I’ll be able to track where I’ve been with better accuracy from now on. Yay!

   
  

This is what the midwest is made out of.

  
    

Welcome to Colorado!