These are just some notes I wrote on the way during the coast to coast roadtrip. Read on. Other parts can be found on chronological order. Kindly forgive the writing, these were penned down on the way. Even by my low standards, I can vouch that the writing is bad.
I woke up at around 11 am and prepared some hot, tasty rice khichdi. We had our brunch, packed our stuff and were off for the day at 12 pm.
Yellowstone doesn’t have too many activities, it is just a 142-mile drive around the park with lots of hot geysers, meadows, landscapes, canyons, rivers and animals to see. Most of these got repetitive after a while, but nevertheless, great for photography. We had just one day to see the whole park, so here, we invented something we call speed photography. V drove, I had the camera settings ready, he pulled over at some vista point, I ran out, took 3-4 quick photographs, ran back, and we drove off. Meanwhile, the onlookers wondered WTF just happened.
The drive was wonderful and refreshingly different from the canyons of Utah and we finished it just before dusk. We were not done for the day, we had to travel a good 400 miles and 6 hours to reach I-80 (interstate freeway 80). We split the driving and were on schedule to reach I-80 at 2 am. We looked up our maps, and discovered we could make it to a friend’s place in Denver, Colorado, another 4 hours drive. Mainly, because I wanted to catch a glimpse of the Rocky mountains on the way. I called R at midnight and he welcomed us to his place. R was one of the 3 other hikers on the Colorado 14er trip in July.
The drive was demanding as both of us were exhausted. I had to pull over at a gas station to catch an hour of sleep before proceeding. We made it to his place at 8.30 a.m. and quickly slept off. It was a marathon 20 hour drive from our campground the previous day, the longest of the trip.