FURTHER THAN CHICAGO: day 17-21


Left Dighton, KS.
Windy.
73 miles to Tribune, KS.
Stayed at the city park, which had boiling hot showers, but better than nothing.
Shared the city park with five conversion vans of high schoolers that are running across kansas, one mile at a time.
Up early.
Breakfast at the only restaraunt in town, the chatterbox cafe.
Coffee on the menu was 47 cents.
A man who we later found out was named willy chatted with us about the American northwest.
He left with a simple “see ya”.
We stood to leave about ten minutes later, and were told by our waitress that our breakfast was already paid for.
By willy.
(I’m sorry for how I talked about you Kansas and your high wind advisories).
15 more miles and we cross the border into Colorado.
Shortly after, a serious change in landscape.
Still barren, but rugged.
Ended in Eads, CO after 60 miles.
Woke up at 11:30 pm to preteens in the city park daring each other to touch our tent.
One replied to his friend “I don’t want to die!”.
Awake with a wet tent.
Destroyed a breakfast buffet at the only restaurant in town.
Slowly but surely we did 93 miles to Boone, CO.
Arrived as the sun was setting.
The day saw a serious encounter, two feet from a rattlesnake.
Also, we saw baby foxes, cacti, prairie dogs, and more coyotes (who aren’t particularly afraid of humans).
En route, a ten mile stretch of the road was a freight train parking grounds/graveyard which offered something to look at other than scrub brush and dust.
Graffiti from San francisco, Detroit and Chicago.
(those were the only artists I recognized)
Couldn’t sleep.
Tent not even 100 feet from the train tracks.
Trains are loud.
Tents aren’t soundproof.
In the morning, sticky, salty and dirty we made the short 21 mile ride into pueblo, CO (pop. 102,000).
Veggie breakfast burrito, orange juice, and an americano at the daily grind cafe.
All before 9 am.
Called motels.
Swam in the city pool (with waterslide) for 2 dollars.
Stayed at the travelers inn motel.
Dirty and dirt cheap.
30 bucks a night.
Today, rest day.
More city pool.
Laundry.
Americano(s).
Hoosier pass, continental divide, elevation 11,500 feet.
Two days from now.
Mountains.
More pics when we can stop at a library and upload some!

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9 Comments

  1. johanna
    Posted May 26, 2009 at 11:56 am | Permalink

    love these posts.

  2. johanna
    Posted May 26, 2009 at 12:33 pm | Permalink

    love these posts.

  3. Elorise
    Posted May 26, 2009 at 1:53 pm | Permalink

    Geoff and Sarah – enjoy your posts very much. When we visited western states, it seemed to me the sky looked bigger. Started to feel like a bug on a picnic table, except when in the valleys … felt like a bug in a frying pan, then. Speaking of cooking, (wierd segue, sorry) I just heard that Arnie’s Leonard St. Restaurant burned; that’s where you used to scarf down those beef au jus sammies … Ha.

  4. Grandpa
    Posted May 26, 2009 at 2:09 pm | Permalink

    Sarah, we got your post card. You guys are moving right along. Sounds like fun (and hard work).

  5. Posted May 27, 2009 at 12:48 am | Permalink

    Preteen 1: “I dare you to touch the tent.”
    Preteen 2: “I don’t wanna die!”

  6. kristal
    Posted May 27, 2009 at 1:55 am | Permalink

    BREAKFAST BUFFET. my favorite meal combined with my favorite way of eating. you guys are living like kings!

  7. roy
    Posted May 27, 2009 at 12:30 pm | Permalink

    by now you should be getting a kink in your neck from looking up at the mountains all the time. you should know pat gets down off the roof now i’m not shur if he just jumps or what though?? glad to hear the senery has improved and hopfully the sky is clear and warm. i’m not so sure about the food you were having for breakfest or the 30$ motel but i am sure about keeping your distance with some of the animals you mentioned love you guys and talk to ya soon dad

  8. Eric
    Posted May 28, 2009 at 9:37 pm | Permalink

    Got the mountain bike out, kicking around the idea of doing a triathlon….long way to go…you guys are an inspiration…..”I don’t want to die” LMAO!….love the posts
    -Your creepy uncle

  9. Posted May 29, 2009 at 2:14 pm | Permalink

    Hey, when you guys make it to Portland hit me up! 360-798-0428 or chriskalani (at) gmail.com

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