So I was planning to leave home at 7am on Saturday – a little ambitious given that I had a few things to get ready. 8 o’clock would have been fine as well. In any case as I was loading up – I never had a chance to fit-check everything – I realized that my telescope case takes up way too much space. In the end, I ended up pulling the passenger seat as I did on my 2006 road trip. Oh well, I was on the road at 9:30.
Programmed my GPS to take the shortest route – which is not the quickest as it literally takes the shortest mileage route. This is actually kind of nice as you end up taking the smaller state highways and it’s a bit more scenic. The downside is of course it’s slower – but the GPS showed only an hour difference, what the heck! Well, there are also some issues with construction and detours… That extra hour was turning into about two hours – given my late departure this was making for a long day.
Somewhere in southwestern MN just above the IA border I decided to go back to the fastest route. This put me on I-29 down to Omaha and the I-76 over to Doniphan where I was spending the night. Maybe not as scenic, but better none the less. I got to my campground a little after 7pm. Got setup, made dinner and crashed.
Sunday morning I was on the road again about 9:30 and arrived at my campground near Golden, CO a little after 4pm MT – another long day but at least I have the extra hour of sunlight to work with. Speaking of, time to go make some dinner!
On to Utah tomorrow!