Epic Road Trip West, Part 1

I’d had a wonderful three weeks driving out east, on I-70 all the way to Indianapolis, going off-course with stops at Arches National Park near Moab, UT then to Fort Collins & Denver in CO. From there, I spent a weekend in Chicago, IL before heading back down to Greenwood, IN. And then all the way to Bethesda, MD near Washington, DC before going back.

Yesterday was my niece’s third birthday. It was also the anniversary of the day I was crossing the street, getting run over by a car. And now, the day I left Indianapolis, IN for San Francisco, CA. My plan was to pick up my dog Taylor in Chicago, who was staying with my brother & his wife, Tay’s first parents. From there, we were going to make our way on I-90 to Mount Rushmore 950 miles away. Then head south through Wyoming to Utah and out west to California.

Chicago was nasty with rain, snow and sleet which held me back three hours. It was good to see my brother before picking up our dog for the trip. Wisconsin past Madison (by this time dark) was even worse. By 11:00 PM, we decided to call it a night.

I awoke early this morning to get back on the road. It was 23 Dec 2014, 4:20 AM when my eyes opened to take on the drive west. The hard rains from the night before driving through “this fantastic place called Wisconsin” was but a distant memory.

Mount Rushmore beckoned. The presidents were still hours away. 500 miles. I would walk it, but it was a little cold and I didn’t like the song.

I called my mom to let her know the weather conditions were fine, a little wet, the roads empty and clean of precipitation. You don’t ever want to worry your mother, especially one who makes it an art form. When light broke it was as if the skies had listened to our conversation. No snow and the roads really were clear.

Mount Eushmore is still happening. And I couldn’t be happier. Despite my reservations last night, epic road trip back west was still happening.

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