The 4th was awesome! I hope everyone enjoys the photos. We went to the rodeo, the street dance, and the climber’s party, and did a lot of climbing to boot. It was a great week.
After a few days of rest in Montana, I’ve landed in Ten Sleep, WY. It’s hot here! Today’s high is 93, and the next 10 days are supposed to be hot as well. I’ve met up with some other friends from the road, and we went out climbing yesterday. The rock here is amazing! We went to the French Cattle Ranch area yesterday, and are resting today. It’s easy not to complain about all the resting–the heat is making me lazy.
Smith is a gorgeous climber’s playground! I’ve been having a great time so far. Today’s highlight was a flash of Caffeine Free, 5.10b, my first flash at that grade, and the hardest climb I’ve sent. I’ve also done three multipitch routes in the park now–it’s really fun to top out high up. More words and pictures to come soon!
I’m writing this from the Strictly Organic coffee shop in Bend, OR, where I’m currently enjoying a nice mate. In a few minutes I’m going to have to mosey on out of here, so it’s just pictures today. :)
Guys, I am finally out of the midwest. Woo-hoo! I woke up this morning to this:
I think the wooden structure in the foreground is designed to shelter the rest stop from the winds. I saw them all along roads and fields while I was driving through Wyoming. As you might expect, it’s a good place to build a wind farm.
I was all ready to motor through WY to Ogden, UT, where I’m currently stopped for a bit. I pulled off at a rest stop on a whim, and I’m so glad I did! There was a whole colony of small mammals near the picnic area. So cute!
I should make it to Smith tomorrow night. My body is definitely protesting all the driving–my back and my right knee complain now if I drive for more than two hours straight at a time. I have about 11.5 hours of driving time to go–the end is in sight!
This morning I had a great conversation with a nice elderly couple as I was eating breakfast on my tailgate at wall mart. The husband looked at my license plate, then joked around with me about whether or not Virginia was in the U.S. I told him that I’d never been to Nebraska before, and that it was HUGE! His wife rolled her eyes, then said in a great deadpan, “Montana’s bigger.” Then she whisked him off.
Then I drove. A lot. I’m finally out of Nebraska now, hanging out in a coffee shop in Cheyenne, WY. It seems like forever ago that I was in Boston, but it was just Tuesday.
I have driven over 2,000 miles so far. Whoa. The immensity of the U.S. is staggering.
Dear Mom: I hope you notice joke in the title, since it was just for you. I don’t think anyone else will get it. ;)
Today, I drove some more. I got the rest of the way through IA and am currently somewhere in the middle of Nebraska.
I finally got my camera set up, which is nice. It’s a bit frustrating to see interesting things on the road all the time and not have anyone to point them out to. I wish I could take pictures, but I’m always driving, sometimes it’s on another car, and other times I’m just not in the mood to stop.
Today, I cut off all my hair in Omaha, Nebraska. I knew I wanted to cut my hair short, but I was planning to do it before I left Boston. I was going to do it in Des Moines, but all the salons were busy for weeks->months. So I did some browsing on my phone while my tank filled up, and picked the first salon that looked good. The stylist seemed alright, so I let her cut all my hair off. Sometimes these things just work out.
Also, guys, did you know that Nebraska is huge? It’s enormous!