In an email last week (which I still haven’t replied to – bear with me Roger) I was asked “...you are making quite a big detour to visit Texas. Apart from oil and cows what is there?”. In the planning stage I didn’t see it as a detour, although at that point I didn’t know where I’d be going next – other than I’d eventually end up at Boston. As I type this, I don’t have an answer to Roger’s question. I just know I’d heard enough about Austin to think it would be somewhere worth visiting. And here I am.
So far it’s too early to tell if the ‘detour’ was worth it. Anyway, here’s the story of my day…
To be honest, there’s not a lot to tell you about my Friday in Denver. It can be summed up as a walk downtown, back to the hotel, then an evening in a couple of bars. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed it all, I just don’t know it’s going to make riveting reading?
So let me try….
The car is back with the hire company and the next stage of the trip begins today – two nights in Denver. It has been another full day, though the first half definitely fell into the category of ‘housekeeping’. Fair to say too, I’m glad to have my feet up in a cool room right now.
Here’s a clue to how I spent the afternoon…
Here’s how it went.
I got a text last night from Jim Allen, It was around Midnight, but that’s the perils of time zones. In it, having read yesterday’s blog and pictured where I was, he implored me to go through the Rocky Mountain National Park to get to Boulder. As it happened, not only was that my plan, but I’d already logged it with Dropbox for my own reference to prove it. Somewhat out of character for me, I actually stuck to the plan too.
Before the Rocky Mountains, there was the no so small matter of the Arapaho National Wildlife Reserve….
Here’s the full story..
… not to mention a bit of Utah.
Not as long a day, driving-wise (just 303 miles), but another thoroughly enjoyable one. I’m in the beautifu town of Steamboat Springs, a world away from the partially similarly named town of last night.
So the story of how I got here….