Wednesday, February 4, 2009

7 States, 24 Hours; Brought to you by the letter...'i'...

Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Wyoming and FINALLY Colorado! I was sure that Michigan, Indiana and Illinois were going to go on f-o-r-e-v-e-r and then we hit Iowa... The land of silos and a random spurt of rolling hills. After being on the road for 24 hours Monday afternoon seems like a decade ago.

We had a plan, but here's the thing with plans....sometimes they need to be adjusted! Like when you plan to pack up the car and leave at noon, but realize you may have made a packing error with the two giant suitcases? Tip: Duffle bags are much more space efficient than suitcases! Our Monday departure turned into a Tuesday departure at 7:30am. Like I said was as if MI, IN and IL would never end. That was the first 8 or so hours. The rest of the time we spent truckin' along I-80 through places like Des Moines (loosely translated means 'monks'???), Lincoln, Cheyenne and then good ol' "Omaha...somewhere in middle america, get right to the heart of matters, it's the heart that matters more." The Counting Crows were bang on about that one. I guess whenever I heard that song I always pictured some desolate town with dusty roads and tumbleweeds....quite the opposite actually!

So after a night of driving-sleeping-driving-sleeping (you'll sleep anywhere when you're tired) we awoke from our second nap at 5:30-ish with only a few hours left to our final destination! Cheyenne, Wyoming may not seem like much from the highway, but it was a turning point on our drive! Grabbed some breakie at the Flying J truck stop where even the waitresses noticed our change from absolute death and tired to upbeat and bright as the sun....well maybe the sun on a foggy day...

And then we reached the Colorado State line! Home sweet home...for a little while anyway!

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