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Day 5 and 6
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.
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.
After a relaxing day in Altoona PA we were eager to begin the trek to Colorado. We hit the road at 8am this morning, Greg driving the first shift. There was some rain. And this:
The rain didn’t last long. There were periods of 10 to 20 minute intervals of showers and sunshine. No hail like yesterday. And we felt assured that all would be well and safe on our American roadways with this fellow out and about:
Greg and I hit the road yesterday driving nine hours from Vermont to Pennsylvania to kick off Day One of our crock country road trip adventure. Why the adventure?
Maybe it’s the need to kick off the summer spectacularly and in a grandiose fashion. Perhaps it’s the Mercury retrograde a time of intense change. Or the realization that to live one’s dreams one must pursue them.
Initially we talked about leaving at 8am but adjusted the plan to leave a little later (those last minute To Do’s ya know) and ended up on the road around noon.
A stop at Mascoma Bank, oil from AutoZone and a run through the car wash. And a quick conversation with Peter Gordon at the Honda dealership in Lebanon. As well as a look at the Honda Wall of Fame. Yes, that is the car we are currently driving, loaded. The actual mileage, crossed out and updated, is 329,000 miles.
Surprisingly the drive was a breeze. The sun was shining, lovely clouds in the sky, good music playing, and great conversation. Naps, snack stops and a pretty much open highway with little traffic carried us on our way.
We arrived in Altoona, PA around 9:30 pm at Greg’s cousin Saskie’s house. What a sweetheart! So open and generous. Saskie had a lovely dinner prepared for us and Greg was able to meet his adorable cousin Sabina for the first time.
We’ll spend Day Two in PA with Saskie and Sabina before the two/three day journey to Boulder Colorado hopefully arriving by the weekend where we’ll check out music venues and visit with friends.
So why the adventure? Well, why the hell not! And Carpe Diem yo!