We awoke in
1. South on route 95 thru Las Vegas hitting
Take route 50 west (aka The loneliest road in
When entering Utah you continue on I70 all the way to Grand Junction, Colorado where you hit route 50 again until you find route 550 south through Durango, Colorado all the into New Mexico till you are just north of Albuquerque where you go south on I25 into town. Now between the two ways given above to go, way number 1 looks simple and direct, yeah we took way number 2 (figures) So with all that explained this is where the trip took a bizarre turn.
- Dad drove a car.
- We did not look at the Weather Channel before leaving!!
The first 140 miles were a breeze, it was nice out, the
weather had turned clear, we were listening to the XM (which was a life saver
when you are on the Loneliest Road in America) and had plenty to eat. We arrived in
We pulled into this little town and saw truck stop and wanting to err on the side of caution filled up once again. What was crazy about this place is that is was snowing like crazy outside, it was a Friday night around 8 or 9pm and the placed was packed, with teenagers. They were everywhere, there was a Subway inside the truck stop and every one of them was chowing down of a sub and just hanging out. We couldn’t figure out the draw of the place but it was the cool place to be. We got our subs, ate and headed back out, we were heading down hill and knew it had to get better, what did we know!!! Just so you know there is an area called Snake Range about 40 miles west of Ely and it will bite you. More snow, driving terrible, blah, blah, blah. I am not real fond of snow anymore by the way. After entering Utah and leaving the snow and mountains of Nevada behind us we kept on, changing drivers about every 150 miles. Why every 150 miles and not 200, well that’s simple the fuel tank was half full at 150 miles and half full was our new empty ok.
So we drove all night and James was
sleeping when we were 14 miles south of
The store we needed to see was only open until 12pm and leaving Reno at 12pm the previous and figuring about 18 hours we would make it no problem. Well it was looking like a problem now and when we reached Durango we still had 200 miles to the store and doing the calculations that put us there around 11am as long as we had know problems. (We weren’t all that confident) Again making a long story short we made there a couple minutes after 11am, 23 hours straight on the road. We apologized for our appearance and did our update and headed to Mom’s for a shower and something to eat. But sleep in a bed was not in our future; there were more roads to conquer.