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  1. #1
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    Default Heads for north, tails for east

    I flipped the old Renaisance Faire beer token and...Damn, why does it always send me up the coast in the winter and into the desert in the summer? Why ask why? For me, chance and mystery are the whole point of getting out of suburbia for a week or two. In about nine hours, I will wake up, get in my Chrysler Sebring, and drive east from O.C. for 5 or 6 days. To keep things simple, I'll sleep when I'm tired, eat when I'm hungry, stop to check out anything that interests me, and post anything notable when I get a hotel with a shower and internet Hmmm, maybe I'll take I-15 to Vegas then then up and around though Colorado and on from there. Maybe something will get me to go another way. I'll get back to you all on that.

    Happy trails,

    Tim

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    Default Enjoy your trip !

    Sometimes the best plan is to have no plan at all. Hello and welcome to the RTA forums !

    Have fun, I will keep an eye on this thread for updates.

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    Thanks for the welcome.

    I had a few things left to tie up so it took me another day to get out of town.

    Day 1: Fullerton, Ca to Mesqite, Nv. About 395 miles. On my way out of town, I stopped and picked up the Eagles Desperado album and four hours later, I’m in Primm Nevada riding the Desparado roller coaster. Just so I can try an experiment on my next drive, what’s the name of the album with the song, “Girls Girls Girls”? Hey, it’s worth a try. The best part is, after 10 minutes on the nickle slots, I turned a $20 into 30 bucks, so the $8.00 ride ticket was on Buffalo Bills and I still got out of a casino 2 bucks ahead. After another 174 miles of thanking God for air conditioning, I checked into the Virgin River Hotel and Casino. I don’t mean to brand, it was just the closest one as I exited I-15 Whether you like Nevada or not, $25.00 rooms(on week nights) and a $6.00 Prime rib dinners are a nice break from Southern California .

    Day 2: Mesquite, Nv to Breckenridge, Co. About 550 miles. At dinner, the night before, I saw someone order the giant hamsteak breakfast, so my breakfast was a no brainer. I ordered that giant hamsteak breakfast and, before I even started eating, I cut off a third of the ham and threw it between the toast. While it was a little dry, that mesquite grilled ham on sourdough made for a nice bonus lunch on the road. On to a day of high quality rubbernecking. The last little bit of Neveda to a small piece of Arizona. Then a good part of the day of Utah and on to the Rocky Mountains. Nothing but a lot of beautiful scenery that just kept getting better. I was hoping to do some camping by this point, but after an afternoon of driving through thunderstorms (the kind where you can’t see a car’s tail lights more than 30 feet in front of you), I checked into a hotel. Appearently, Breckenridge is a party town. Between I-70 and my hotel, there were many college aged types carrying 12ers and cases of beer under each arm.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Where am I? View Post
    Just so I can try an experiment on my next drive, what’s the name of the album with the song, “Girls Girls Girls”? Hey, it’s worth a try.
    If you're thinking of the 80's Motley Crue song, then that's the name of the album too!

    I don’t mean to brand, it was just the closest one as I exited I-15 Whether you like Nevada or not, $25.00 rooms(on week nights) and a $6.00 Prime rib dinners are a nice break from Southern California .
    Its hard to argue with a deal like that - and its perfectly acceptable to say the name of any company you dealt with on a first hand basis (good or bad), as part of a trip report.

    Good to see you're having a good time, we look forward to reading more!

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    Day 3: Breckenridge, Co to North Platte, Ne. About 560 miles. I grabbed a couple bagels with cream cheese from the continental breakfast and I was finishing the second one as I crossed the Continental Divide about twenty minutes later. I wonder when I’ll use that word twice in a sentence, again. The drive down the east side of the Rockies was as scenic as the drive up the west side. After Denver, things started to flatten out. And they kept on flattening out. Then I was in Kansas. The state troopers must have been tipped off about a drug shipment or something going through there because I wasn’t the only one with out of state plates getting pulled over and searched. I saw 4 other vehicles getting the same. The vast rolling fields of corn were only fun to look at for about a half hour so it was a nice break in the drive. I would have turned north sooner but I wanted to go to Prairie Dog Town and see the mutant livestock. The rest of the day was spent heading north toward and into Nebraska with a couple random turns along the way. There’s a lot of corn, here, too.
    Day 4: North Platte, Ne to Spearfish, SD. About 490 miles. I decided to ditch the Interstates today. I took the 30 to the 385 and headed north. The corn only lasted another hour or so then the scenery changed to rolling hills and farms with a mix of crops and cattle. Then I crossed into South Dakota. That’s where the real sight seeing began. Though Buffalo Gap National Grasslands and onto Wind Cave and The Black Hills. I had to stop and take the hour long tour of Wind Cave(It was after 3:00pm so I took the short tour). At a constant 58 degrees, It was a sweet break from the heat. Driving through these parks really delivered with the wildlife. Buffalo, antelope, bighorn sheep, mule deer. I may decide to drive back down, tommorow, and do some camping there. Ofcourse, I’ll call and see if there’s room, first. It took me an hour of runnning around this town before I found a room at Travelodge. Between my fellow tourists and the Sturgis run, it’s kinda crowded.

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    Day 5: Spearfish, SD to Hardin Mt. About 450 miles. I decided the camping the Black Hills would go better as a planned trip so I got on the 90 and headed west. Entering Wyoming, I got pulled in by the Devil’s Tower signs . I got a couple good pictures of it and while there were no giant alien spacecraft, it was still pretty cool. I fought the temptation to head into Yellowstone. Like the Black Hills, national parks are best visited with a mission. Otherwise, you end up driving right by all the best parts. When I got into Montana, I did stop at Little Big Horn. I’ve never been to one of these historical sites where the staff didn’t love talking about them as much as I love hearing it. There is a self guided driving tour through the battle field with information you can receive through you cell phone at notable points. After four and a half days of driving, I decided to walk half of the five mile tour. I got there late in the day. Otherwise, I would have enjoyed the full 10 mile round trip.

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    Default Good stuff !

    Thanks for the continuation of updates, at least we know where you are ! ;-)

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    Days 6 and 7: Hardin, MT to Missoula, MT. Lost track of milage. Just driving through Montana ended up not being an option. A few hours out of Hardin, I-90 began running along the Yellowstone River and, after seeing the third “Fishing Access” sign, I couldn’t take it anymore. I got off the freeway in Livingston to get a visitor’s license, grabbed lunch and a jug of Chocolate Cream Porter at Neptune’s Brewery(Montana Brewers Association trail might be it’s own road trip, some day), and drove back to a river side campground called Grey Bear. I cast a few different lures into a nice little back water on the river, but appearently not the right ones so all I caught was a nice buzz with a local who was staying at the camp. And, with a citronella candle and a generous application of bug spray, got a nice night’s sleep under a star filled sky. In the morning, I got up, had a Mountain House breakfast, and hit the road. Even with a good night’s sleep it only took a few hours to notice that it was time for a break from the road. After a week of staying in hotels with wireless internet, I wish I had thought of something sooner. Priceline’s “Name your own price” on the fly. At around 10:00am, I pulled into a hotel parking lot as close to the building as possible and logged on. The lowest price was about 65 bucks(about 80 with taxes and fees) so I bidded $40.00 and one hotel came down to $45.00(about 60 with taxes and fees). I realize that the legaliy of using the hotels Wi Fi may be a concern, but the way I see it, they could have lowered their price as easily as the other guys. I’ll try bidding half of the lowest price at my next stop and see how that goes.

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