Colorado, Let Me Go!

     After so much prep and planning, it was finally time to get on the road.  I could have spent another week organizing, sorting, packing and repacking, but it was really time to get on the road.  I had my first AirBnB room booked and I was really excited to get going.  The pile of bags and boxes in the living room were making their way into the car.  Then it happened…..  Delay one:  big storm.  Yes, mid-spring snow storm.  It is not not horribly uncommon in Colorado for a snow storm to blow through this time of year and I had specifically planned to leave after this one was predicted to hit.  Silly me.  It was a slow moving spring storm and this one lingered.  And lingered.  And shut down the highways.  Seriously.  For days.  Wouldn’t you know it, I got that chance to do some more organizing, sorting, packing and repacking.  I left some pad room in the travel schedule, but this surely is not how I wanted to use it.   Colorado, I love you and all, but let me go!  I was getting tired of checking the Department of Transportation websites– and my hands were frozen from all of the car packing in the snow.

Once the highways reopened, Little Red Dog and I were so ready to start the adventure.  I was as organized as I was going to be.  The car– a mobile jigsaw puzzle.  Off to Salt Lake City for our first stop.   Heck yeah.  Ready.  Set.  Nope.  Delay two:  our sweet ride wouldn’t start.  Unbelievable.  Stuck in the driveway.  That’s it, I was going to pull out the tent and just camp in my own front yard.  Instead, I pulled out my Insta-Start, jumped my car, and with the assistance of my very helpful neighbor, went and got a new battery in my car.  A couple hours later, we were OFF.  Take THAT, Colorado!  See you in a couple of months.

Really?  A dead battery??  Now?
Really? A dead battery?? Now?
Finally backing out of the driveway!
Finally backing out of the driveway!

Whew.  That was difficult!  Oh, the drive to Salt Lake City was no treat, either.  It was epically treacherous, actually.  Sleet, ice, snow blowing sideways, and semi accidents everywhere.  Apparently, just after we passed through, the highway shut down again.

So happy to be on the road even if it was a rough start.

A snow storm rolled in and past as we sat in this line of traffic for two hours.  Wyoming, I did not enjoy this.
A snow storm rolled in and past as we sat in this line of traffic for two hours. Wyoming, I did not enjoy this.

First night on the road.
First night on the road.

If you are interested in supporting a portion of this adventure, please CLICK HERE.  You will be redirected to another page on my site where you can donate to our travel fund via PayPal.  Individuals who donate can choose to receive prints or canvas gallery wraps from my gallery.  Thank you in advance.

More from the road soon.

Happy trails, all.

Schu and Little Red Dog

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