My in-laws bought a new vehicle and sold their old one to their eldest. He lives in Rhode Island with his family. Sarah and I were in need for something out of the ordinary and that is just what we got when we took two and a half weeks to drive the truck from Reno, mainly along highway 50, and other smaller byways, out to Kingston, RI.
It would have been nice to take a way northern or southern route, but we needed to drive through Eureka, KS. My grandma lives there, and my parents would be there days after us to move her out to Reno.
There were a number of "what the f*#k are we doing moments?", but it was the trip of a lifetime and we look back with no regrets, and only gratitude for the people we met and experiences we had...
A few hours in, Sarah, Hwy 50, Nevada
the first lunch, Eureka, NV
sarah was sick leading into the trip. Because of that, we got a late start due to yard work and other things. We originally planned to spend a quick night at Great Basin National Park, but ended up rolling into Ely after dark. Due to that and needing to shake the last remaining sickness, we chose to spend a quick night in a motel in Ely.
we woke early, and much less sick, and hightailed it to the scenic loop near Moab, UT. We grabbed a quick campsite near Canyonlands and Arches National Parks...
that afternoon we headed into Canyonlands...
the next morning we woke early and fired off Arches in the morning...
Our first bummer of the trip, we gaped up Colorado. First, we drove Hwy 50 instead of I-70. While Monarch Pass is beautiful, and high, we were hopin' for an out of the way version of one of those ColoRAD mountain towns up north. Second, we drove the western half of the state in a miserable thunder and wind storm so we decided against camping. We ended up having a little too much fun at a pub in downtown Gunnison and stayed the night in a cheap motel there. Unfortunately we didn't linger long enough and I didn't take any photos.
Oh well, at least we were gonna make to RJ's RV park in Garden City, KS soon...
RJ's RV Park, Garden City, KS
RJ's house is at the re-labeled KOA. RJ is fond of his golf cart. RJ loves to drive his golf cart around the campground and hassle any and everyone outside of their RV. Then he returns home, grabs another beer, and makes another lap looking for unsuspecting victims.
So, between the relentless humidity between Pueblo, CO and the Atlantic Ocean, and the general miserable demeanor of RJ, we bagged up camp early and got the hell into Dodge...
Drinks are good in Dodge City, KS. We had the best coffee of the trip in Dodge City and I can't say anything bad about the bloody mary they poured for me (incredibly early for the heartland, as it turns out) at the hokey, touristy, mock-up bar of old-timey Dodge City.
I grew up in Eureka, KS. People that know me, know that I wear more than one Eureka Tornadoes shirt around often. It is the best school mascot ever. There isn't much to say about Eureka, it's small, it's turning into a ghost town, and the drive in through the Flint Hills was one of my favorite parts of the trip.
Sarah in front of my old school, Eureka, KS
my old sunday school, Eureka, KS
the blue stem lodge, Eureka, KS
my grandma's "boyfriend" jack. I've always called him Pa-paw. My parents would arrive a few days after us to move her out to Reno permanently. It was heartbreaking to watch them spend one of the their last days together.
We left them after breakfast the next day to have a few days to themselves before my parents arrived. We camped the next night at Robertsville State Park in Missouri. Sarah began deeply questioning whether she would be such an "outdoorsy" girl if she grew up in the Ozarks as opposed to the relatively bug free Sierra in our backyard.
St. Louis, MO
Starting with our frustrating drive across Colorado, thunderstorms chased us most of the way to Rhode Island. It wasn't until Starve Hollow, IN that we had anything very notable.
We were able to get most of the campsite up before the rain, and most of it torn down before the hail.
I would describe waiting out a hail storm in a tent as type 2 fun. At least we brought a lot of relaxing distractions to keep in the tent with us.
After the storm subsided, Starve Hollow, IN
Edited by splitter - 7/11/10 at 8:18pm