Excited to get on the road again, Rick and I were up by 6:45 a.m. We both decided to shower in the morning, which took a bit longer than I had anticipated; but, really, what is the rush, this is our vacation. We repacked my silver Ford Explorer, so that we had easy access to water, maps, our protein bars/drinks, fruits, and music (CDs my husband created with our favorite mix of music and motivational speakers). The complimentary breakfast at the Barboursville Hampton Inn was perfection: delicious western omelets, bacon, Belgium waffles, yogurt, and fresh fruit. Taking our time, we pulled out of our motel at 10:45 a.m. and by 11:05 a.m. we were at the Kentucky state line.
I didn’t realize we were THAT close the night before; however, comfortable lodging in a township close to the interstate was still 45 minutes away (an hour from where we stayed Friday night). Yes, we made the right decision. Continuing west on I-64, we were soon in Indiana and crossed over into the central time zone. This gave us an extra hour of daylight as we set back our watches and clocks an hour. While we would have loved to made it to Kansas on day 2; we did get through Illinois and stayed overnight in Columbia, Missouri (about halfway between St. Louis and Kansas City). In St. Louis Interstate 64 ended and we continued west on Interstate 70. We covered about 580 miles on day 2.
On day 3 we were on the road by 7:45 a.m. central time; and, it seemed like we spent most of our Sunday in driving in Kansas. It was in the western part of Kansas that we crossed into the mountain time zone (2:23 p.m. mountain time/3:23 p.m. central time). I was a bit surprised that Kansas was not as flat as I remembered, but it was mostly farmland on rolling hills as we headed onward toward Colorado. At 3:49 p.m. mountain time, we entered into Colorado, but we still had close to 184 more miles to go before we could stop.
We fueled at Limon, Colorado, which was about halfway to Denver from the state line. The mountain range was becoming more and more prominent in our view. I was growing more and more excited.
The traffic in Denver was heavy for 7 p.m. I would hate to be caught up in it during the 5 p.m. rush hour. Eek! We didn’t consider getting hotel reservations ahead of time at any point during our road trip. This type of spontaneity nearly backfired as we had no idea if we could even find any vacancies anywhere, while we called around one hotel after another. We could get one night but not 2 nights…finally Comfort Inn in Wheat Ridge (west Denver) was our saving grace. We were grateful that they accommodated us as we were bone tired after 12 hours of driving!!! We covered 730 miles!!!!
Stay tuned for tomorrow’s chapter on meeting up with new and old friends!
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