We left home on Friday afternoon, November 30th, westbound on the interstate. The goal, to reach Moab, Utah as quickly (and safely) as possible.
I didn't really begin taking photos until we reached
Colorado... because, well... Illinois, Iowa, and Nebraska are really
lacking in terms of interesting landscape. And, because we did a large
amount of driving in those states in the dark.
We pulled off the interstate on a couple of occasions to stretch our legs and take in our surroundings.
We were both taking cell photos in addition to the 'real camera' photos.
As we continued west, we also stopped off in Glenwood Canyon (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glenwood_Canyon).
paying too much attention to signs and such, we moved out of Colorado
and into Utah when I realized... I was pretty sure I didn't have enough
fuel to get to the next major town.
And by the time I realized this, we were also out of range to go back.
Paranoid, and really worried about being stranded on the side of the
interstate, I hoped... no, I willed us to make it to a gas station. I
talked nicely to the jeep, I petted the dashboard, I drafted with semis,
I coasted down hills... anything I could think of... and we made it!
For perspective... my KJ holds 18.5 gallons... and I put in 18.416
gallons. These are the things aneurysms are made of.
arrived in Moab in approx 22 hours after leaving the Chicago area, and
met up with JL Rockies at Pasta Jay's for dinner. Once dined, and on
our way out to pick up supplies, we found that we were in the right
place at the right time to witness the annual Moab Holiday Light
Parade... so we watched.
the parade ended and the streets cleared, we headed over to the local
grocery store for supplies. JL escorted us to a great primitive camp
site that he and his locals dub "The Spot." We arrived well after dark.
It was still overcast and had no moon or stars to light our
surroundings... so were simply warned not to walk too far in one
direction... because there was a 200+ ft drop-off awaiting us. We camp-fired, BS'ed, and called it a day. Trails awaited us the next day, and rest was needed from our long drive west.