Day 14, Friday, August 8, 2008

Trip Start Jul 26, 2008
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Trip End Aug 17, 2008


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Friday, August 8, 2008

Day 14:

Well we should be hitting the road soon. I just got up extra early to update my travelblog as this is the first hotel that we come across in days with a business center and acceptable internet access speeds. We intend to take US160 to I-25 that will take us to Denver, and we shall then cross over to I-76 and end the day somewhere in Nebraska. Either today or tomorrow we shall officially have criss-crossed the nation !!! Woohooo  :o)

Bye for now amigos !!!

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Update No. 2

We departed Monte Vista at 9:30am.

A3 C14 odometer reading 8280 miles
Rusty 1200 RT odometer reading 29746 miles

Well here we are at the end of day 14. Can't believe we have been riding for two weeks now. We made some changes in our route planning today and decided to head east out of Colorado Springs (http://www.springsgov.com/), instead of Denver. So we finnished up our ride on SR160 and hopped on I-25 to Colorado Springs where we got on SR24 till Limon, Colorado (where we had lunch) and then hopped on the I-70 eastbound.

I-70 is just farm land after farm land after farm land. Potatoes, Corn, Wheat, Alfalfa (Hay), and Sun Flower fields is all we saw for hours and hours. Other than the enormous Sun Flower fields, which were spectacular to see, the ride was quite monotonous.

Ok, I am going to tell you a story of something that happened today, but promise not to tell anyone; ok?  We stopped off on the side of I-70 because I wanted to take a picture with the Sun Flower fields, but when we were done with that I had to ....... ummmm ..... welll ..... u know ..... do a number 1 ...... take a tinkle. Anyway, so I am out in the middle of farm land as far as the eye can see, there is very light traffic "wizzing" by us (no pun intended) so I place my self strategically behind my bike so no passing vehicles will notice me watering the Sun Flowers. Ok, so Rusty now thinks I am a nut, but no sooner am I done when a State Trooper passing in the opposite direction spots us on the side of the road so he puts on his lights and cuts across the grass median and parks behind us. Rusty is now cracking up and looking at me with an expression that said "ok, now you explain this one". Anyway, I wandered over to Mr. Friendly who only wanted to know if we were ok. What a nice guy. I explained that we were from Florida and had never seen fields as beautiful as these and that we were awww struck (is that how you say that?) and had to pull over to take a picture. He laughed and said that lots of people do so, although it is not allowed to pull over on the interstate, but "no problem" and "have a safe ride".  Kansas State Troopers are the friendliest cops I have encountered yet (I have only encountered two on this trip - I swear). Incase you were wondering - NO, I did not shake hands with the Mr. Trooper. You crazy? I just tinkled.

We stopped off in Colby for a great steak dinner (finally) at Montana Mikes (http://www.stockadecompanies.com/OurRestaurants/MMHome/default.aspx).  We finnished the day at 8:30pm CST in Hays, Kansas at the Baymont Inn & Suites (http://www.baymontinns.com/Baymont/control/home).

We rode a respectable 514 miles today; less than we had hoped to accomplish, but not bad considering all the small towns and low speed limits we had to traverse through. Thats all for today folks. 7 days to go, to not only complete the Four Corners Tour, but to get home as well   :o)

I'm already planning a few rides (shorter ones) for next year; Arizona/New Mexico (5 days) and Norther Colorado and Utah (5 days). Whose in?

Roads we travelled today:
http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&saddr=monte+vista,+co&daddr=hays,+kansas&hl=en&geocode=&mra=ls&sll=37.195331,-106.067505&sspn=1.815847,3.515625&ie=UTF8&ll=37.735969,-103.710937&spn=7.208632,14.0625&z=6
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apalleija
apalleija on

beautiful sunflowers
i would have pulled over too...but not to tinkle...it's not easy for us girls, ya know.

sally

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