April 15, 2005

The Voyage Home…Day 1

Category: I-70 — Queenkv @ 12:03 pm

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We started our road trip back to California, from DC, on the day after Easter. Mark suggested leaving the day before – but I felt funny traveling on a holy day…besides Steph had a lovely Easter dinner planned for us.

This is what we tried to do on the road trip….
Day 1 – Monday, March 28
Washington DC – Pittsburgh – Columbus
Stop in Indianapolis – 10 Hours

Day 2
Indianapolis – St. Louis: 4 hours
St. Louis – Salina, Kansas: 6 hours
Stop in Salina

Day 3
Salina – Denver: 7 hours
Denver – Glenwood Springs, CO: 3 hours
Stop in Glenwood Springs

Day 4 – Thursday, March 31
Glenwood Springs, CO – Grand Junction – Richfield, Utah
Catch the 15 in Utah…no man’s land.
Las Vegas – 10 Hours

Day 5 – Friday, April 1
Cali!

That didn’t work out because we ran in to some heavy rain on day 1. The rain was so bad – we could barely see out our windows and the road in front of us.

We stopped in Cumberland, Maryland – for lunch. The town’s inside the Appalachian Mountains…somewhere.


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Lunch in Cumberland, Maryland
We found a lot that offered two hours of parking – free.

The menu had a “local” specialty, Maryland crabcake sandwich. So, I did the South Beach thing…and ate only the crabcakes. Yum!

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Evidence of rain…It seemed like a sleepy town and the folks were nice…not exactly overjoyed to see tourists in town…But nice.

Sunset on the I-70
We finally made out of Maryland, through Ohio and into Indiana.
Plus the rain went away….so we were able to get back up to a nice cruising speed of 70 mph.
Yeah, that’s to keep us legal.
day1_indiana
We stopped in Richmond, Indiana for the night. We used Super 8 Motels – for the trip. Cheap, clean and free continental breakfast.
We stopped at Frisch’s Big Boy. In Diamond Bar, I’m used to calling it Bob’s Big Boy….I had a tasty patty melt and the server recommended a butterfinger cheesecake.

“Let me put it this way,” she told us, “When I hear these things come in, I order a slice, straight away.”

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