Cross Country Adventure: Utah

Day 8

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Hammock tented among tall aspens last night.

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Cold clear night becomes cool clear morning.

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It’s early and we’re all headed to Salt Lake to Simone’s place. Schuyler has to head to work. Simone is there already.

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Post- shower and France vs Nigeria we drive to the factory of the company Gregory skis for, RAMP in Park City.

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Reused.

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Bamboo, made in America, and love here.

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Gregory makes new friends with new members of the team.

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Pano.

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Hanging at RAMP and playing guitar.

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We depart with this RAMP employee and his newly created bike trailer. A rest day to see if it can go the distance. Twelve miles to and fro.

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Road construction from Park City to Salt Lake.

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We meet up with Simone and Schuyler and head to Hector’s for Mexican food and the view of the sunset.

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The only literature in the place.

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We stayed in Salt Lake last night. Camp fire in the back yard sipping scotch before bed.

Cross Country Adventure: Colorado to Utah

Day 7
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10:30 am and we say farewell to Greg’s friend Robin and crew before hitting the road to Utah.

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We leave Golden and head through the pass.

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Whitecaps ahead.

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Long day driving. No where to hide from the sun.

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We meet up with Greg’s friend Schuyler and Head to Brighton Estates to sit by the fire merry-making , music-making and camping.

Technology becomes obsolete.

Cross Country Adventure: Colorado

Day 5 and 6

NORAD
NORAD
 

pink
Andrew shows us cactus in bloom.
 
yellow

 

shed
Where dogs were once kept by the previous property owner. Andrew says the feral cat he saw carrying a rabbit lives here now.
 
white
Growing all around Andrew’s house.
 

porch
8 acres of home sweet home.
 
in cognito
This guy.
 

Greg and Andrew
Greg and his cousin Andrew.
 

view
Lizard’s POV.
 

geese
A gaggle gather roadside waiting to cross. A car already stopped and let one group by. Another 30 minutes went by before another car stops to let them cross. Most speed by or slow down and honk at, as if they are the only beings that have some place they want to get to.
 

between liquor store and pizza place
This one located between a liquor store and pizza place. Legalized, retailed and marketed. Open until 7pm. The most bizarrely mundane acquisition of obtaining da reefer ever.
 

puma
Lea and Ed’s new kitten. A frisky little thing developing its pounce and kill techniques on unsuspecting ankles, toes, and hands trying to pet him. Tuka’s cuteness somehow makes it all okay.
 

tunnel
Tunnel.
 

ampitheater
Runners, locals, reading, kids, cameras, lunch, tourists breathing heavy in the thin air while they take quick darting looks at red rocks beyond cell phone screens. 3pm adds grills, dreds, beer, music and folding chairs to the mix. Territories are marked as tailgate parties coalesce in PLs. Excited voices fill the air greeting one another and carrying on. All to be followed by Widespread Panic starting in a few hours.
 

eggs
Two eggs, sunny side.
 

feather
Who does this belong to?
 

everywhere
Giant dandelion-looking flower gone to seed.
 

Denver
View of Denver from Red Rocks.
 

purple
 
Hello purple flower. I love you.
no fear
Like I wasn’t even there. Or 10-ft away.
 

milkweed
Bigger out here. Giant milkweed buds in a16-oz plastic cup. Mmmmm!
 

kitten
Tuka’s cuteness must be shared once again! But in a more menacing way!
 

 

Cross Country Adventure: Mississippi to Colorado

Day 4

Did not have a dull moment in Kansas.

Kansas at 3am and heat lightening. Occasional long bolts appeared on the horizon. Then the rain. Intermittently large spatters smacked the windshield, a torrent for 15 minutes or so, then calm and clear as though it had never been .
Closer to the center of the storm, giant chains danced all around us and across fields of vision, dazzling eyes. Attention to the conditions were on high alert. Wind pushed the Honda around the road.
I was unable to photograph the alien stretch of dark landscape of red lights strobing about us. Wind farms. Using a long exposure app I did manage to capture this:

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A little past 5am I’m unable to safely drive any longer. Tired and eyes crossing I pulled off at a rest stop. Greg and I traded driving again as dawn approached. I fell asleep with the sunrise.
A few hours later, I felt the car stop and awoke. We’re off 70, at a sign, turning, and stopping to walk here:

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Balance.

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