It ain't pretty being easy... (soopageek) wrote,
It ain't pretty being easy...

freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose

Location: Salina, Kansas

From the Kentcuky coal mines to the California sun
Bobby shared the secrets of my soul
Through all kinds of weather and everything we done
Yeah Bobby, baby, helped through it all
One day near Salina, Lord I let him slip away
He's looking for that home and I hope he finds it
I'd trade all of my tomorrows for one more yesterday
To be holding Bobby's body next to mine

I spent the night in Kansas City last night. Went to dinner with my friend justamy and had some yummy Thai seafood dish. Of course, she has a job in the straight-world so it was an early evening, but it was fun none-the-less. Decided to take a little break in Salina this morning and catch up on emails and LJ, then plan to head onto Denver before I shut down for the day. If I can just get this part of the trip behind me, I'll be much happier. Between Columbus, OH and Denver, CO, there ain't much to look at along I-70 except for the cities along the way, and, actually, the 600+ miles stretch between Salina and Denver is a virtal no-man's land of open prairie that gradually rises to the mile-high altitude in Denver. Tomorrow, the real fun will begin as I make my way through the Rockies west of Denver. I'll climb another mile into the mountain that towers over Denver then pass through a tunnel at 11,000+ feet. An advertisement for brakes I saw once, had a map of the midwest with a line along I-70 drawn from that point just west of Denver to Salina and it said "If your brakes go out here, you'll finally come to a stop here."

The trip west of Denver is a pretty one with ski resorts nestled in the mountains and the canyons and mesas of western Colorado and Southeastern Utah. In Utah, I'll be getting off the interstate and taking two-lane through the desert canyons into the Provo/Salt Lake/Ogden area. Another pretty leg of the drive I thoroughly enjoy. I'm sure I'll be taking tons of pictures. If time and weather permits, there is a canyon in this area full of Native American rock carvings that I'd love to visit. There are businesses that rent 4-wheelers for the day for excursions into the canyon that I'm thinking of doing. If it's warm enough, I may do just that.

I sat down yesterday and looked at all of my destinations in Oregon and I'll get to take US 20 across Oregon which I have done once before. It's kind of interesting, being from the east, where you never travel more than 30-40 miles without running into some sort of civilization. There are stretches of US 20 in Oregon where the distance between towns is 100+ miles and there is narry a house in between, just miles of mountains and rivers. I drove parts of it at night the last time I did it and you don't even see lights in the distance, just total pitch blackness all around you and a brilliant firmament of stars above.

Yeah, I'm glad to be finally making this trip again. It's been too long.

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