Saturday, December 1, 2012

2012 Route 66 Road Trip - Day 1

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.
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We were both taking cell photos in addition to the 'real camera' photos.
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As we continued west, we also stopped off in Glenwood Canyon (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glenwood_Canyon).
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Not 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. :shock: 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. :5SHOTS:

We 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.
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After 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. :shock: 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.