Salvaged

Other than two very hot days last week, this year’s trip is already ahead of previous adventures in miles driven with the top up, due to plenty of cold, wet and foggy weather in the Great Plains. As this morning’s first 100 miles revealed more of the same, I decided to rewind a good portion of the miles I gained yesterday by turning back to the southwest. Just past Haswell, Colorado, the fog and the rain finally lifted and I caught a welcome glimpse of sun and blue sky. Time to drop the top.

I continued south into Colorado’s Comanche National Grassland (the third grassland of the trip thus far; at least three more grasslands to come in the weeks ahead).

This is a truly beautiful and peaceful area. And today, I had it all to myself…except for about two dozen pronghorns, which ran across the road as I approached, and this tarantula, which was intent on crawling under my car. I waited until she emerged from the other side before driving off.

A spectacular view of the best part of my Sunday. The only sounds I heard while in the grassland came from insects, birds and the wind.

You can watch a short video recorded from this vantage point by following this link to Vimeo.

Roasted

Hot, hot, hot and windy today while I was rolling through Missouri and Kansas, but a fun drive nonetheless. Saw four river otters run across the road, and one wild turkey.

Temperature will be plunging by more than thirty degrees tomorrow.