Full Steamboat Ahead...

I am in my second day of a four-day drive to E. Lansing. I left LA late Tuesday, about 12 hours later than I wanted, because my Monday prep day got consumed by a major session for a major film. I got as far as Vegas and parked myself in a Walmart parking lot near the airport. Yesterday I hoped to get to Arvada CO, but weather and road conditions got in the way.

Interstate 70 was closed in two places, at Exit 87 outside Rifle, and between Exit 116 and 137 at Glenwood Springs. And there was no parallel side route to get me where I needed to go. The detour sent me over 100 miles north, to Steamboat Springs, where I grabbed a hotel.  As effective and cost-free as Walmart lots are, I needed a shower and a desk space to get a little work done.

The result is, I'm bypassing Denver altogether, and will route over I-80, through Laramie and Cheyenne WY for the very first time.  Destination, Des Moines, hopefully. If I deadhead. It's 12 hours, so we shall see.

In the meantime, enjoy this pic from the San Rafael Reef, while I was still in Utah yesterday.

11 comments

  • KimH
    KimH Ohio
    What a gorgeous picture. Definitely a blessing to be able to see roads less traveled. Wishing you safe travels!

    What a gorgeous picture. Definitely a blessing to be able to see roads less traveled. Wishing you safe travels!

  • DMF (aka yermom)
    DMF (aka yermom) Annándale
    Digging the digital yammer (hearts)

    Digging the digital yammer (hearts)

  • Cindy
    Cindy El Mirage
    Wow gorgeous photo! Glad you got past the obstacles and hope there are no more. Thanks for checking in with us!

    Wow gorgeous photo! Glad you got past the obstacles and hope there are no more. Thanks for checking in with us!

  • Bonnie
    Bonnie California
    I’m liking this blog thing

    I’m liking this blog thing

  • Nadia
    Nadia Illinois
    We got stuck in a construction zone in Indiana on I80. Blech!! Decided to get off the expressway and travel through some rural towns. Much slower, but Iit turned out to be a beautiful road. Saw lots of Amish farm country, horses and buggies, and some fruit stands - and Yes, a pie stand as well. Made us realize again it is not just to enjoy our destination, but the journey to get there as well. Great picture.

    We got stuck in a construction zone in Indiana on I80. Blech!! Decided to get off the expressway and travel through some rural towns. Much slower, but Iit turned out to be a beautiful road. Saw lots of Amish farm country, horses and buggies, and some fruit stands - and Yes, a pie stand as well. Made us realize again it is not just to enjoy our destination, but the journey to get there as well. Great picture.

  • Beth McCall
    Beth McCall Royal Oak Mi
    I loved driving thru Utah when I left LA. It's so other worldly. Beautiful. Be safe dear Dan!

    I loved driving thru Utah when I left LA. It's so other worldly. Beautiful. Be safe dear Dan!

  • Maria B
    Maria B California
    Nice photo! Stay safe out there!

    Nice photo! Stay safe out there!

  • Sean Shipley
    Sean Shipley Lagrange Park
    Glad you didnt end up in Radiator Springs! Make sure to wave to the Accountant as you go through Des Moines! Glad you got a Sh!t, shower and shave?!? See you in IL!

    Glad you didnt end up in Radiator Springs! Make sure to wave to the Accountant as you go through Des Moines! Glad you got a Sh!t, shower and shave?!? See you in IL!

  • Dan Navarro
    Dan Navarro
    I'm noticing that if you register, you get to put your groovy picture up too. So maybe it would be cool for y'all to register. Just sayin'. Glad yer digging the blogs. Imma figure out how to organize them for when they get voluptuous. I mean voluminous. Brain dead after the long drive.

    I'm noticing that if you register, you get to put your groovy picture up too. So maybe it would be cool for y'all to register. Just sayin'. Glad yer digging the blogs. Imma figure out how to organize them for when they get voluptuous. I mean voluminous. Brain dead after the long drive.

  • Steven Petersen
    Steven Petersen Peoria IL
    Stay safe & tell Jed Long we said hello when you give him that hug. Tell him it is from the entire DanFam!

    Stay safe & tell Jed Long we said hello when you give him that hug. Tell him it is from the entire DanFam!

  • Jenny Riegler
    Jenny Riegler Ohio
    I was in Colorado until Monday morning--and just completed my own road trip, now back home in Ohio. Miss the mountains already! I'd include a cool road shot but can't figure out how to do. Safe travels, Dan. Might see you in Michigan next Friday. Safe travels!

    I was in Colorado until Monday morning--and just completed my own road trip, now back home in Ohio. Miss the mountains already! I'd include a cool road shot but can't figure out how to do. Safe travels, Dan. Might see you in Michigan next Friday. Safe travels!

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