Hi everyone, I apologize for the lapse in posts. Our drive from Fort Collins to Santa Barbara was long. We drove straight through, 17 hours, in one day. Some of it was gorgeous, but I mostly wanted to take a sleeping pill and wake up when the rest of it was over.
Yes, we woke up at 4 and left by 4:45. I don’t think a word was spoken for at least an hour, when we discussed getting coffee in Denver.
Once we got on I-70, it was a long drive through the mountains. It was neat to see a lot of old mines off the freeway and the trees disappeared a lot more quickly than I expected. As you can see above, there is a lot of rock and sand, especially when you reach Grand Junction.
Utah has a nice 80 mph speed limit in some places. We definitely didn’t get great gas mileage on this drive but it sure helped things go by fast. There are hardly any towns along the way and many exits say “no services” underneath the name. Some of it was really cool with the red cliffs and amazing rock formations. Other places not so much…
We drove through Arizona for probably a grand total of 30 miles. But it was through this huge beautiful canyon of jagged rock.
And then came Nevada. A whole lot of nothing in Nevada, except Vegas of course. Fortunately Geoff didn’t want want to stop in Sin City either and we drove to the California border for dinner, gas and to play some penny slots before we left (no, just kiddding!) and managed to miss the welcome to California sign. Or maybe they didn’t have one, we aren’t sure. But as you can see below, it’s nice and desert-y until we reached LA.
We made it to Santa Barbara around 9:30. Just in time to say hi to the family, unwind and hit the sheets in a real, non air mattress and very comfortable bed.
All in all, we are glad that we didn’t stop in Mesquite, NV as originally planned and powered through. That way we were able to relax and enjoy church on Sunday instead of dragging out the drive. And it wasn’t as painful as I thought it would be. That said, I have no desire to do it again.