Thursday, November 27, 2014

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Day 8

We have spent today descending down from Wyoming into Utah and we are now in Idaho! Utah we just slipped past north of Salt Lake city and drove the Interstate. An unexpected bonus has been the speed limit of 80 mph on all the interstates since we reached Wyoming, although with the tight suspension and additional weight in the Mazda it always has a bit of a Mad Max feel to the drive, especially when I look in the rear view mirror.

For some context on the altitude Rawlings is at 6,800 feet, the highest point of the pass through the Rockies in Wyoming is 8,600.

Tonight we are in Twin Falls, hopfully we will get to see the falls in the morning.

P.S. Still not identified the smell

Day 7

Day 7

Made it to Colorado!  Spent a great afternoon with Osgoods. Saw a great sculpture park.

Then we took a fantastic drive North through the Rockies on 287. Magnificent sandstone rocks red and purple foothills then into Wyoming - which is truly wild! Nothing at all no lights for over 100 miles. The into Rawlings for the night. Pretty cool. It's a modern day cow boy town with a feel of frontier.

I managed to get altitude sickness.  But Ruthie has encountered before and I am back up and going agsin.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Day 6

Heading back out of Columbia into... Kansas!

So we have almost made it through Kansas in just one day, we're 50 miles from the boarder and resting in a hotel with some sleeping children (hooray) and a well deserved paper cup of wine (classy, it is red after all.)

The car is now plastered with bug splatter, not sure when that started but they are not coming off! I blame the unusually hot weather for the bugs being out, it is almost 80F.

Kansas was very pretty, to begin with, however after a long slog up hill (80 or 90 miles) it gets flat, then quite remarkably, and without warning it gets flatter! After the first 200 miles of this new flatness I was VERY excited to pass under some power cables. The following miles, I have to admit, were not as exciting.

Due to data constraints we're not getting updates done as much as I'd like, I was hoping to do more during the drive but pictures are racking up the data use too quickly.

So as I mentioned we are now just 50 miles from the boarder with Colorado. Thanks to Google earth I can see that the first few hundred miles of that drive are going to be as exciting as the most recent Kansas miles, BUT then I can look forward to mountains and Wyoming (where I am lead to believe a 'decent size town' is over 1,000 people... so take from that what you will.)

 P.S. the car is holding up remarkably well, however there is a disconcerting smell coming from somewhere that I cannot quite pin point... I suspect small boy socks, cunningly concealed. I will let you know what I find!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Day 4

Just driving. MI to Il.  Truck stops...

Let us never speak of it again.

Great evening with the Loy family and some yummy Pizza. A chance to refill!

Day 5

Thanks to the Loy 's for there hospitality.! It was great to see you all.

We are heading into St Louis today. And a trop to the zoo. We will end up in Columbia MO.