Three weeks ago, on July 11th 2012, the bro and I packed up and started a new adventure. Upon leaving, we didn’t really have an end date set, but the initial plan was to go to the Loveland, Ft. Collins area of Colorado and hang out there for a while. Unfortunately, they were having serious forest fires all around that area, which probably filled the hotels. Because of this, we decided to set our sites on Ogden, Utah as our first extended stop on this trip and so the adventure begins!
First, let’s back up and talk about the trip out to Ogden. We packed up (stuffed) Trey’s car and hit the road at about 6 am on Wednesday the 11th and traveled up Hwy 45 North. The route we chose was what we considered to be the best fuel efficient route as we would only battle the ups and downs of the mountains as we drew closer to our destination. This route was due north through Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas and then west through Colorado, north again into Wyoming and finally west again into Utah. Overall, we traveled over 1600 miles in about 26 hours, but we did catch a nap along the way.
Day 1 – Dallas – Oklahoma – Kansas
Our travel “strategy” for leaving at 6 am was to beat the Houston traffic early and miss the Dallas traffic later. Well, that worked out great. We breezed out of Houston and only ran into a bit of a snag as I wasn’t paying enough attention when we arrived in Dallas to navigate Trey to our new route north, but we quickly fixed that issue. I was busy trying to get a decent picture of Downtown Dallas in a moving car.
After zipping through Dallas, it wasn’t long before we crossed over the Dallas/Oklahoma border and what was the first thing we noticed as we crossed the border? We saw a casino. Welcome Texas residents! Come spend your money! Unfortunately, I didn’t get any pictures of Oklahoma. We stopped in Norman, Oklahoma, just south of Oklahoma City for lunch and refueling. We at a CiCi’s in Norman and pigged out, so this would either set us up for the day on food or make us really tired. It was my turn to take the wheel and I figured Trey would be out in the first 30 mins but he hung in there and was awake for my portion of the drive on day 1.
The scenery of Hwy 35 north through Oklahoma consisted mostly of hay fields. I would have taken a picture, but I was driving at the time and we really didn’t see anything worthy of a good picture. Pretty hay fields and hay bails everywhere though. Trey obviously read ahead on the route we were taking and knew this would be the most boring stretch, and it was. As we entered Kansas, it was MUCH of the same. Hay field after hay field after hay field. From what we saw, it looks like our countries livestock has plenty of food for a while.
As we traveled north through Wichita, Kansas, we saw much of the same and finally started heading west on Hwy 70 in route to Colorado. After our direction change, we also pulled over for a driver change, picked up some refreshments and took care of business. Trey was back in the drivers seat and I was back in charge of the camera, but it was still a lot of the same, so no pictures.
It wasn’t long before we arrived in Hays, Kansas, near the Kansas/Colorado border to get something to eat, get some sleep and let the car have a break. We ate a quick fast food meal, showered, watched some tube and then we were out for the night.
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