Just like last year, this road trip ended the same way with little to no excitement on the drive home. It was almost like the Universe didn't want to delay my return or maybe I was anxious to get home. Regardless of the reason, it was always nice to be able to sit back and relax.
It wasn't all smooth sailing, the early wake-up had Aria and I ahead of schedule and even though I thought of leaving around 7a I decided to leave an hour earlier. I reached Las Vegas a few minutes before 7a which was when things started getting fast, slow and downright ridiculous; hello rush hour. Truly if you have been through one city's rush hour, you've been through them all.
A few miles later and I was out of Las Vegas and heading as far away from it as I could. Some of the areas I passed seemed familiar but a majority of it was not and I was pretty sure I had to cross into Arizona for a few miles but there was nothing on the city signs that showed it. About an hour or so later I saw the sign, “Welcome To Arizona” and just pass the border was the Virgin River Gorge.
The rocks that surrounded this pass were large, jagged, red and beautiful. There was no place to pull over and stop to take pictures, which was the biggest tragedy of this drive, emergency stopping only. A few miles later I crossed into Utah where from this point to Provo I dealt with inconsistent speeds, hills, and sharp turns. Just when I got the cruise set I had to cancel it because someone was going slower than me.
After a fill-up, I was finally in a flow of traffic that allowed me to set and maintain my speed for several miles at a time instead of a few feet. The winds were picking up which made some areas a bit challenging. I entered into Provo and knew there were some neat mountain scenes in the area but the GPS decided to keep me on the Interstate and bypass that route. Such a bummer!!
The day ended at Rock Springs, Wyoming and the area didn't seem to be like I remembered it or maybe I was just mixing towns up. At any rate, the hotel was still the same and so was the location. Two more days of driving and one more night in a hotel and then we would be back home in Wisconsin. I love traveling and being on the road but it was nice to get back home and not have to eat out and spend money every day. But the experiences, growing, and learning that happened along the way made it all worth it.
I woke up early due to an intense headache that made sleeping difficult. The pain was bordering on a migraine and the temperature in the hotel room was fluctuating from a comfortable cool to boiling hot. Aria was also pacing, drinking water and pushing me to get up and do something. We both chilled on the bed a little longer waiting for the a/c to cool down the room, but within an hour we were both up and ready to get going. A glance at the weather on my phone showed the area was under a weather advisory. A high warm front was coming that would lead to accessive snow melting, possible flooding and an advisory was out for fires. Fires, melting snow and flooding; really? Well, that explained the headache, this was going to be a long day and drive but I had no choice. We left before the sun was up and made my way to South Dakota.
Traveling through Wyoming was best experienced off of the Interstate and onto their Highways. Even though my GPS wanted to stay on the "fastest route". I decided to be a step ahead of it and looked up alternative routes and found the one that only added a couple of minutes to the drive and offered a whole lot of scenery. The mountains and rocky hills could be seen all the way to the South Dakota border, there were plenty of small towns with services along the way and the roads were quiet.
The views were amazing on this sunny and warm day and the various livestock and gazelle could be seen as far as the eye could. As I got closer to South Dakota the rocky hills gave way to more rolling hills with green grass and still an occasional spot of snow. Old man winter still didn't want to go away. Snow became non-existence the closer to Murdo I got and the temperature remained close to 65 degrees. Heaven!! I was truly blessed with great weather this whole trip.
I end the trip here on my last night, a year later, on the road and headed back to my home state of Wisconsin. This trip meant a lot to me in that I felt more confident about myself, articles, traveling, and photos that were taken along the way. A lot of personal doors were closed as well to allow the new ones to open.
Driving across country can bring about some interesting situations. Broken down on a day by day basis enjoy my adventures and set backs along the way to some beautiful destinations.