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August 12, Missouri I-270/ I-40/ I-70  St Louis area westbound. Friday after work start from Metro St. Louis, MO.
2005 Kansas Stopped briefly in Boonville, MO. Found the currently controversial Boonville Bridge.
I-70 thru Kansas City & Topeka, KS Heavy rain caused this leg to take (5 1/2) hours.
Road Trip I-70 to Wannamaker Drive  west side of Topeka, KS. Motel (1) night.
(1 week) I-70  westbound to central Kansas. Spent most of day exploring abandoned farmsteads.
Colorado I-70 to Goodland, KS.  (sunflowers) Motel (1) night - (10) hours from St.Louis.
Colorado I-70 to I-25 south to Speers Ave to REI in Denver To REI for a few items and met a friend for lunch..
Plateau I-70 westbound to Idaho Springs exit. Stuck in traffic (3 1/2) hrs due to rock slide.
Photo I-70 east to I-470 south to Hwy 285 west to Fairplay. This route around rockslide.
Trip Hwy 9 to Breckenridge and on to Frisco. Late dinner in Breckenridge - Motel (1) night Frisco.
I-70 to Glenwood Springs to Hwy 82 to Hwy 133. This route to Carbondale, Redstone & Marble, CO
Hwy 133 to CR 3 to Bogan Flats Campground. Camped (1) night next to the Crystal River.
Continued on CR 3 to Crystal Mill in overcast sky. East of Marble CR3 is 4WD High Clearance only.
CR 3 to Hwy 133 to CR12 to Crested Butte. This route over Kebler Pass to Crested Butte, CO.
Crested Butte to CR 317 to Mt. Crested Butte. This route to off season ski lodge (1) night.
CR 317 to Gothic to Rustler Gulch to 4WD road. This route to very high till blocked at a trailhead.
CR 317 to CR 12 to Hwy 133 to CR 3 This route back to Marble, CO.
Waited an hour in overcast sky on top of Daniel Hill. Took Lost Trail Road toward Lead King Basin.
Lost Trail Road eastbound switchbacks up to very high. This road leads to a mountain side full of wildflowers.
Spur road from Lead King Basin to Crystal, CO. This so-called road is extremely rough in sections.
CR 3 / CR 317 meet at spur road to Lead King Basin. The road from this point to Marble only slightly better.
CR 3 westbound from Crystal to Crystal Mill. After hour of waiting finally got some light on the mill.
CR 3 to Marble to Hwy 133 to Redstone, CO. Motel (1) night in Redstone.
Hwy 133 over McClure Pass to Hwy 92. This route to Crawford, CO.
Hwy 92 to Black Canyon Rd. to North Rim Road. This route to Black Cyn. of the Gunnison Nat. Park.
Hiked Chasm View loop & drove all of N. Rim Rd. Stopped at several overlooks - This is a deep canyon.
Black Canyon Rd to eastbound 92. This route to Hwy 50 - This is an impressive drive.
Hwy 50 westbound to Montrose to Hwy 550 south. This route to Ouray, CO  hotel (2) nights.
CR 8 to Owl Creek Pass. This route to Cimarron Ridge area.
Hwy 550 to CR 361 to CR26 to local road. This route to Blue Lakes Trailhead -Yankee Boy Basin
Hiked to Blue Lakes Pass below Mt Sneffells. Hiked this trail to scout Mt Sneffells climb.
Hwy 550 to CR 361 to CR26 to local road. This route to climb Mt. Sneffells.
Climbed Mt Sneffells and Kismet Peak. Unfortunately grey sky prevented good photo opps.
Kansas Hwy 550 to Hwy 50 to I-70 to Golden, CO. This route from Ouray, CO to west Denver suburb.
Missouri I-70 from Golden, CO to St. Louis, MO This route back to St. Louis metro - (13) hours.
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June 19, 2005 Missouri Watson Road (Route 66) from Lindbergh Boulevard This route on eastbound Old Route 66 (Watson Rd.)
La Casa Grande Motel (built in the 30's for Rte 66) Spent some time here and took a few photos
Day Trip Continued on Watson to Chippewa to Gravois. This route on Old Route 66 to downtown St. Louis.
Gravois to Tucker to Clark to Busch Stadium. Walked around old Busch Stadium before the demo.
Route 66
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April 10,16,17 Missouri I-44 to Fox Crk. to Old Hwy 100 to Little Tavern Rd. This route to Hwy T & Englemann Woods N.A.
& 24, 2005 Hike on trail downhill past gate to N.A. boundary This route instead of trail heading uphill from parking.
Day Trips Bushwhacking near trail looking for mushrooms. May Apples,  yellow & white wildflowers everywhere
Followed trail to north boundary & railroad tracks In and out of the main and secondary drainages.
(4 separate Climbed steeply to top of west side bluff. Bluffs occur on east and west side of main drainage.
trips ) Found a brick foundation and nice sandstone fireplace. Looks like the ruins of decent home.
Walked out to edge of bluffs. An about 200' foot drop to RR. tracks.
Morrell Followed bluffs briefly west. Good views over flats & to Labadie power plant.
Hunting Tracked what must have been a road. Walked this road till boundary of Natural Area.
Hiked back to parking area on south boundary of  N.A. A mile and half walk from north boundary of N.A.
Drove to St. Albans, MO Took a break at Head's Grocery Store.
Drove short distance to St. Albans Dairy Barn. Explored barn after clearing with St. Albans police.
Little Tavern Creek Bridge Checking out this abandoned bridge.
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February 19, Missouri I-270 to I-55 south to Cape Girardeau, MO. Metro St. Louis to Cape Girardeau, MO. (1 1/2 hrs)
2005 Illinois I-55 south to Hwy 34 to Main Street. This route to downtown Cape & the riverfront.
Missouri Main Street to old Hwy 34 . This route to remnant of old Mississippi River Bridge.
Day Trip Old Hwy 34 to new Hwy 34 to Illinois 146. This route to new Mississippi River Suspension Bridge.
Hwy 146 to Hwy 3 to HorseShoe Lake C.A. To HorseShoe Lake State Conservation Area.
Southern Miller City Rd to West Side Rd to East Side Rd. This route within HorseShoe Lake State C.A.
Illinois & Hwy 3 to Hwy 51 to Cairo, IL. This route to Cairo, IL.
Missouri 27th Street to Washington Ave. This route to Magnolia Manor.
Bootheel Hwy 51 to Hwy 60 to Fort Defiance. This route to Confluence of Ohio & Mississippi Rivers.
Hwy 60 over Mississippi River to Missouri Hwy 77. This route south toward New Madrid, MO.
Hwy 77 to State Route F. Stopped to observe a huge flock of white geese.
Hwy 77 to County Road 502. This route to Towosahgy State Park.
Hwy 77 to SR FF to SR YY to Hwy 102. This route to Big Oak Tree State Park.
Hwy 102 to CR 520 To SR WW to SR U. To New Madrid, MO. (The New Madrid Fault)
Hwy 61 to I-55 north. This route to St. Louis metro. (2 hrs)
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November 27, Missouri I-270 / I-40 St Louis Metro area start. Non-stop from St. Louis to west of Denver, CO.
2004 Kansas via I-70 thru Kansas &eastern Colorado. This portion of the drive takes (9)hours.
Colorado on to W. Colefax Ave.in Denver metro. (12 1/2 hrs) Motel (1) night.
Road Trip I-70  westbound thru Colorado Slow driving due to snow, accidents &road damage. 
(1 week) Brief stops at Avon & Eagle, CO Noted "Bob the Bridge" in Avon & Eagle Rest Stop.
Hwy 13 to Rifle, CO to Hwy 325 to Rifle Falls St Pk. Drove this 14 mile route to snow covered triple falls.
Colorado I-70 to Hwy 65 (Grand Mesa Scenic Byway). Drove over Grand Mesa to Delta, CO.
Plateau Hwy 65 to Hwy 92 to Hwy 50 to Grand Junction, CO. Motel (1) night.
Photo Utah I-70 to Cisco Exit (212) to Book Cliffs area Explored backroads skirting cliffs till road ended.
Trip I-70 to Hwy 128 This is one of the great scenic byways in the U.S.
Dewey Bridge to backroads to Waring Canyon. Drove gravel roads to ford at Dolores River.
Local roads to Entrada Ranch Road. Drove to overlook of Little Pinto Mesa and beyond.
Back to Hwy 128 & on to Moab, UT. Motel (3) nights.
Hwy 191 to Hwy 313 to Canyonlands N.P. Sunset at Grandview Point.
Hwy 191 to Hwy 313 to Dead Horse State Park Sunrise at Dead Horse State Park.
Hwy 191 to Behind the Rocks Road. Drove this route & onto Dome trail till too slick.
Hwy 191 to Arches N.P. Sunset at Delicate Arch.
Hwy 191 to Arches N.P. Sunrise atTurret Arch & Double Arch.
Kane Springs Road Explored Hunter Canyon to Arch.
Kane Creek Spring Found Kane Creek Spring and Seep.
Hwy 191 to Arches N.P. Sunset at Balanced Rock & Garden of Eden.
Hwy 191 to Hwy 313 to Canyonlands N.P. Sunrise at Green River Overlook.
Hwy 313 to Little Canyon Rd to Gemini Bridges Rd. Found Gemini Bridges
Hwy 191 to I-70 to Hwy 24 This route to Hanksville
Hwy 95 to Burr Point Road Sunset at Burr Point.
Hwy 24 to Maze District access Rd to Robbers Roost. Sunrise near east Angel Trail.
Local roads in & around Hanksville. Explored these areas for a photo opp.
Hwy 95 to Burr Point Road. Sunrise looking  west to Henry Mountains.
Hwy 24 to Temple Mtn Rd. to County Rd 1012. San Rafael Swell roads to Hidden Splendor Mine.
CR. 1012 to Temple Mtn Rd to I-70 This route from Hidden Splendor Mine to I-70.
Colorado I-70 to west Denver, CO Return route to Denver. (6) hrs.  Motel (1) night.
Missouri I-70 to St. Louis, MO Interstate all the way. (12 1/2)hrs.
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July 2, Missouri I-70 to near Denver, CO. Non-stop from St. Louis to east of Denver, CO.
2004 Colorado I-70 Rest Stop east of Denver. Crashed here four hours.
I-70 to I-470 to Hwy 285 to Fairplay Drove this scenic route over Kenosha Pass.
Road Trip Hwy 160 to Hwy 149. Monte Vista to South Fork to Creede, CO.
(1 week) Pool Table Road to Hanson's Mill and beyond. This route to rough 4WD access road to Wheeler.
Wheeler Geologic Area. Camped (1) night at end of Wheeler access Road
Colorado Hwy 149 to North Clear Creek Falls to Lake City, CO. This route to Alpine Loop Scenic Byway.
Plateau Alpine Loop Scenic Byway to Engineer Pass Drove these roads to 12,800' Engineer Pass.
Photo Engineer Pass Rd to Ouray, CO Off the pass westbound to this very rough route.
Trip Ouray, CO 4th of July fireworks and jeep parade. Here till around 11.PM. - no rooms available
Hwy 550 to Ridgeway to Hwy 62 to Last Dollar Rd Drove this route into N. Forest  (camped 1 night)
Last Dollar Road to Telluride, CO (1) night in off season ski lodge.
Drove road to top of Bridlevail Falls. Hiked to Power plant and beyond a little way.
Drove Hwy 145 south to Ophir, CO to Ophir Pass. Drove this very steep route to Ophir Pass and back.
Ophir, CO to 145 south to Lizard Head Pass This route to see Lizard Head.
Back toward Telluride north on Hwy 145 to Alta Rd Drove this route to Alta Lakes.
Visited several shops/galleries during evening. Telluride is a good place & hopefully will remain so.
Breakfast at the coffee stand. Coffee & pound cake for the road.  (very good)
Hwy 145 to Naturita to Hwy 90 to Bedrock, CO Drove this route westbound to Paradox Valley.
Utah Hwy 90 to Hwy 48 to Hwy 191 north to Moab, UT This route to Moab for lunch and gas.
Hwy 191 south to Hwy 211 to Needles District This route to Visitors Center at Needles District.
Confluence Overlook 4WD road to Colorado River This extremely rough 4WD route to Overlook
Hwy 211 to Hwy 191 to Hwy 163 to Mon. Valley. This route to Monument Valley Visitors Center.
Arizona Monument Valley at sunset. Here two hours and checked out campground.
Hwy 163 to Hwy 160 to Hwy 98 to Coppermine Rd. This route to Page, AZ. (motel 2 nights)
Coppermine Road to 98 to Antelope Canyon To Upper Antelope Canyon for (1) hour.
Hwy 89 to Water Holes Canyon Hiked out onto rock above canyon for sunset
Page, AZ to Hwy 89 to Horseshoe Bend Overlook Hiked about one mile to overlook
Hwy 89 to Hwy 89A to Jacob Lake, AZ to Hwy 67 This route to North Rim of Grand Canyon.
North Rim Visitors Center and Lodge. Explored overlooks on rim near lodge.
Hwy 67 to Cape Royal Rd to Cape Royal overlook To Cape Royal at sunset.
Hwy 67 to Forest Service Roads. Camped out (1) one night in National Forest.
Utah Hwy 67 to Hwy 89A to Fredona, AZ. This route north toward Bryce Canyon.
Hwy 11 to Hwy89 to Hwy 12 to Hwy 63 This route to Bryce Canyon N. P.
Bryce Canyon N. P. at Sunset Point for sunset. Ruby's Inn (1) night.
Hwy 12 to Burr Trail to Notom Bullfrog Rd. This route to Capitol Reef N. P.
Hwy 24 to I-70. This route eastbound toward Denver, CO
Colorado I-70 to Glenwood Springs, CO and Denver, CO. Motel (1) night in Golden, CO.
Missouri I-70 to St. Louis, MO 14 hour drive to St. Louis, MO
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June 4, Missouri I-70 east to Ohio Left St. Louis area at 5:00 PM. CST
2004 Illinois, Indiana Staying with Family for weekend in Central Ohio. Arrived at 1:00 AM EST
Ohio Next day attending graduation and visiting family. Sisters son graduated from High School.
Weekend Trip State Hwy 4 to Sandusky, Ohio Drove by Warren G. Harding's tomb in Marion, OH
  Arrived Cedar Point 12:30 PM Great location two miles out on a point in Lake Erie.
Graduation & Immediately rode the "Power Tower" 240' drop - literally off your seat on way down
Trip to In line to check out :"Top Thrill Dragster" Mechanical problem closed ride so we moved on.
Cedar Point On to "Magnum XL-200"- 1st steel coaster over 200'. Brief rain delay - and then a great ride in first car.
Next "Millennium Force"- 1st steel coaster over 300' In last car and the first drop is massive.
On to the "Mantis" - a stand-up steel coaster. Good ride but will whip your head in the tight loops.
Finally back to "Top Thrill Dragster" Waited an hour plus thru 3 mechanical shut downs.
     "TTD" accelerates to 125 mph in 4 seconds. Climbs to 420' in 4 more seconds or less.
     Drops 420' straight down w/ a 270 twist in 4 sec. Rockets back to the start in 4 seconds. 
     This ride is a religious experience. "TTD" is a serious kind of next generation ride.
On "Raptor" - the best inverted coaster out there Always a great ride.
On "Wicked Twister" - an inverted air powered coaster Very fast - a definitely fine addition to Cedar Point.
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May 14, Missouri I-270 to I-55 south to Memphis, TN. Left St. Louis area at 1:30 PM.
2004 Arkansas I-55 south of Cape Girardeau, MO to I-40 east. Ground plane is dead flat all the way to Memphis.
Tennessee I-40 Mississippi River bridge into downtown Memphis. Crossed the bridge at 5:15 PM.
Weekend Trip I-240 south and then east to southeastern suburbs Arrived at daughter and family's home at 6:00 PM.
To Corky's BBQ Great BBQ dinner at original restaurant.
Memphis in To downtown and the Peabody Hotel Checked out the lobby and on the roof to see ducks.
May Trip To Beale Street and all the clubs Landed for a couple hours in the Blues City Cafe.
Next day touring all around Memphis area. To Brooks Memphis Art Gallery for an hour plus.
To northern Mississippi to visit in-laws. Drove through Faulkner, MS.
Back to Memphis and downtown to BBQ Festival Next to Mississippi River and a huge event.
Next day visit Collierville, TN  and tour area. Check out the town square and old train.
Back to St. Louis via Hwy 51 north through TN. Gently rolling countryside north of Covington, TN
Crossed Mississippi River on I-155 Only two other bridges all the way to St. Louis.
Stopped in New Madrid, MO. Checked out location of Hunter-Dawkins House.
Stopped in Sikeston, MO. Wanted to stop at Lammert's but wait was too long.
Back in St. Louis at 8:30 PM Great first trip to Memphis, TN
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March 21, Missouri Left at 10 AM plus
2004 I-270 to Hwy 21  (Tesson Ferry Road) This route south to St. Francois Mountains region.
Stopped in Caledonia, MO for late breakfast Breakfast at the Chocolate Garage Bakery.
Day Trip Hwy E to CR 511 to two track left just past dry bridge Parked at gate on this forest access two track
Started hike at 12:45 PM Hike up to & over a saddle about 1 mile to creek.
Explore Odd little moss covered cascade at junction w/ creek. Hiking upstream on left side of creek.
Lower First about 1/2 mile is a generally flat granite slab. A shallow streambed carved out of the granite.
Rock Sharp left turn in creek & it gets moderately rough. Trail in steep talus slope of granite rocks & boulders.
Creek Another 1/2m  upstream &arrive Dark Hollow. 40' shear granite cliffs covered by dark green moss.
Boulder hopped thru creek for 100 yards plus or minus. Creek is full of boulders and curves gently right.
Huge boulders in the area of Dark Hollow. An obvious campground on first bench this area.
Upstream from Dark Hollow and it gets rough No easy route upstream thru massive boulders.
Climbed up steeply to find a skirting trail around rocks. No trail found but we decided to climb higher.
Stopped for a break on top of a 50' high rock band. Spotted huge buzzard preening it's feathers above us.
Back down to Dark Hollow area. This slope is much steeper than it looks.
Took another break and it was already 3:45 PM. Decided to head back to St. Louis.
We only made it through a little over half of this gorge. Could see steeper cliffs farther upstream.
Back to Hwy E to Hwy 21 to Arcadia and Andy's. Andy's for a good burger, fries and shake.
Returned to St. Louis via Hwy 21. Back around 8:00 PM.
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February 29, Missouri Left at 10 AM sharp
2004 I-270 to Hwy 21  (Tesson Ferry Road) This route south to St. Francois Mountains region.
Hwy 21 is now four lanes to near Sandy Creek Bridge Sandy Creek Bridge is a wooden covered bridge.
Day Trip Huge amount of blow down near Washington S. P. The area is on the edge of typical weather patterns.
Explored an abandoned Stockyard near Potosi, MO This was very good w/ an intact covered sale ring
Explore Caledonia, MO is always impressive for a tiny town. 6 classic Federal Style homes on main street.
Crane Lake Hwy E to Warren Hill Rd to Crane Lake Rd Found Crane Lake  (very good 750 acre lake)
& Scout West end boat ramp and closed access road to dam. Parked here.  (electric motors only on the lake)
Lower Rock Hiked south side trail  (an abandoned road) to dam. Approximately 1 1/4 mile hike to the dam.
Creek Very impressive 1/4 mile granite shut-ins below dam Boulder hoped along Crane Pond Creek shut-ins.
Climbed thru pink/gray rock band to north side of lake. Found Ozark Trail above shut-ins.
Hiked back to parking area on north side of lake. A foot trail thru oak/hickory forest along lake.
Back to Hwy E east past Marble Creek Campground. Campground closed - found Ozark Trail trailhead.
Hwy E to CR 511 to two track just past dry bridge Found parking area in Mark Twain National Forest.
Hwy E to CR 415 to Hwy O to CR 406. To parking area at Rock Pile Mountain Wilderness.
Back to Hwy E to CR 507 to CR 505 to Hwy D east Crossed Little St. Francois River at Whitener Ford.
Hwy D to Hwy 72 to Arcadia and Andy's Restaurant. Andy's still makes real mike shakes.
Returned to St. Louis via Hwy 21 Back around 8:00 PM.
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December 26, Missouri I-44 & I-40 . Non-stop to rest stop 60 miles east of Amarillo, TX.
2003 Oklahoma New Texas Rest Stop. (the best) Stopped to take a break from driving.
Texas Tucumcari, NM. Motel one night. (13.5 hours from St. Louis)
Road Trip New Mexico Old Route 66 in Tucumcari Explored Tucumcari most of morning.
(1 week) Frontier Museum Ruins Stopped here while near Santa Rosa, NM
Hwy 14 to Sandia Crest Scenic Byway. Walked along the crest to near the Kiwanis shelter.
Colorado Bernalillo, NM. Motel one night.
Plateau Grants, NM. Drove Lobo Canyon Road Hwy 547 to Mt Taylor.
Winter Photo FSR 453 to 10,200 feet. Drove this just past first switchback. (very high wind)
Trip FSR 453 to FSR 334. Drove 453 past San Mateo Spring.
FSR 334 to Hwy 605. This route back toward I-40.
Hwy 605 to County Road 23. Side road past some interesting sandstone hoodoos.
Arizona I-40 to Petrified Forest National Park Stopped to shoot snow on Painted Desert
Flagstaff, AZ. Motel two nights.  (along old Route 66)
FSR 420 (Shultz Pass Road) to FSR 553. Drove this side road until stuck in snow.
FSR 420 to FSR 146. This Forest Service Road to closed gate.
FSR 420 to Hwy 180 to Flagstaff. This route back to downtown and south of 1-40.
FH 3 (Lake Mary Road) to FSR 128. This road to Marshal Lake.
Back to Flagstaff and west to FSR 231. This route toward Sycamore Canyon.
FSR 231 to FSR 538. This road to Turkey Butte and Turkey Tank.
FSR 538 to Spur Rd. to Winter Cabin Trail Drove to this trailhead on a very wet/rutted road.
Back to Flagstaff and on to FSR 418. This route around north side of San Francisco Peaks.
FSR 418 to FSR 151. Stopped on 151 to shoot sunset & Mt Humphery's
FSR 151 to Hwy 180 to Flagstaff. Drove FSR 151 past Arizona Snow Bowl.
Hwy 89 to Hwy 64 to Moran Point. Moran Point in Grand Canyon N.P. for sunrise.
Hwy 89 to Page, AZ. Stopped to explore Waterholes Canyon near Page.
Utah Hwy 89 to Cottonwood Canyon Road. This backcountry byway to Hwy 24.
Hwy 24 to Bryce Canyon N.P. To sunset point to shoot sunset at Bryce.
 Ruby's Inn. One night here.
Hwy 24 to Burr Trail This route thru Escalante and Boulder, UT.
Notom Bullfrog Rd to Hwy 276 to Hwy 95. This backcountry route to near Hite, UT
Hwy 95 to Hite, UT. Checked out the exposed silt at Hite
Hwy 95 north to Hanksville, UT Motel one night.
Hwy 95 to Hwy 191 and Bluff, UT. Hwy 95 is one of the most scenic drives in U.S.A.
New Mexico Hwy 163/262/41 to 160 & Four Corners. Continuing cross-country toward Shiprock, NM.
Hwy 64 to Hwy 550. Crossing the industrial zone of Farmington, NM
Hwy 550 to Placitas, NM. and FSR 165. Hwy 550 is a very good road and a scenic drive.
FSR 165 to the Sandia Crest Scenic Byway. Back here to try and get a sunset shot.
Back via Hwy 14 to I-40 and eastbound. Driving at night to Tucumcari.
Texas Blue Swallow Motel. Stayed in this historic Route 66 motel one night.
Oklahoma I-40 to I-44. All day drive back to St. Louis, Mo (13.5 hours)
Missouri Old Route 66 in Shamrock, TX. Discovered the historic "Conoco Tower"gas station.
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October 18, Missouri I-70 to Denver, CO Non-stop to Denver, CO  (13.5 hr drive).
2003 Kansas Denver, CO (motel 1 night) - left Denver at 6:30AM.
Colorado I-70 to Glenwood Canyon/Grizzly Creek Good fall color on cottonwoods. (lost light meter).
Road Trip I-70 to Grand Junction, CO Brief stop along Colorado River & cottonwoods.
(1 week) Hwy 6 to Hwy 50 to Hwy 141 This route to Unaweep/Tabeguache Scenic Byway.
Hwy 141 to 26.10 Road Explored this road to Unaweep Canyon overlook.
Colorado Hwy 50 to Hwy 550 Returned to Hwy 50 & on to Ridgeway, CO.
Plateau Hwy 62 to Last Dollar Road to Hwy 145 Drove these roads to Telluride, CO.
Telluride, CO Off season ski lodge (1 night).
Fall Photo Hwy 145 to Silver Pick Road Explored Silver Pick Road on Wilson Mesa.
Trip Hwy 145 to Illium Rd to FR 623 Explored this route to Sunshine Mesa
Hwy 145 to Hwy 90 to Hwy 191 Drove this route to Moab, UT (motel 2 nights).
Hwy 191 to Hwy 211 Drove two track in Davis Canyon. to N. P. boundary.
Hwy 191 to Hwy 313 to Grandview Pt. Rd. To Mesa Arch & Green River Overlook for sunrise.
Grandview Pt. Rd to Hwy 313 to Long Cyn Drove down Canyon to Hwy 279.
La Sal Mountain Loop Road & Hwy 128 Drove this 57 mile route and to Geyser Pass.
Kane Creek Road to Lockhart Basin Road Drove this route to Hurrah Pass.
Hwy 191 to Hwy 279 to Long Canyon Drove up cyn to overlook Behind the Rocks.
Hwy 191 to Hwy 279 to Gold Bar Hiked Bootlegger Canyon to Corona Arch.
Arizona Hwy 191 to Hwy 163 to Hwy 160 to 98 This route to Page, AZ.  (motel 1 night)
Hwy 89 to Hwy 89A Vermillion Cliffs area at sunrise.
Hwy 89A to Hwy 67 This route to North Rim of Grand Canyon N.P.
Hwy 67 to FDR 610 to FDR 611 To East Rim Trail in Saddle Mtn Wilderness.
Hwy 67 to FDR 22 to 425 to 292A Explored this route thru forest to Bill Hall Trail
Point Sublime Road Drove this rough road 18 miles one-way to the point.
Marble Canyon Lodge, Marble Canyon, AZ Here one night
Hwy 89A to Hwy 89 to Flagstaff, AZ Explored backroads in Sunset Crater N.M. area.
Hwy 89 to Sedona, AZ. Drove Oak Creek Cyn to check out Slide Rock S.P.
New Mexico I-40 to Holbrook, AZ & Hwy 180 This route to south entrance of Petrified Forest N.P.
Texas I-40 to Grants, NM (motel 1 night)
Oklahoma I-40 to Tijeras, NM Stopped at  Cibola National Forest  Headquarters.
Missouri I-40 to I-44 to St. Louis, MO Non-stop to St. Louis (17 hrs from Grants, NM)
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August 15, Missouri I-70 to Goodland, KS Non-stop to Goodland, KS (10 hr drive).
2003 Kansas Goodland, KS motel one night (5 hours sleep).
Sunflower fields near Goodland, KS Spent 1 hour early morning shooting photos.
Road Trip Colorado I-70 to Genoa, CO Visited the "The Genoa Tower"
I-70 to Hwy 86 to I-25 Explored this route to Castle Rock, CO.
(Extended I-25 to I-470 to I-70 This route north to Denver and  I-70.
weekend) I-70 to Hwy 6 at Eisenhower Tunnel Took Hwy 6 over Loveland Pass
Hwy 6 back to I-70 Over Loveland Pass and on to Silverthorne, CO
Continental Hwy 9 south at Exit 203 from I-70 This route to Breckenridge, CO.
Falls and Breckenridge, CO Off season ski lodge (2 nights).
Photo Trip Lower Mohawk Lake Hiked to lake in light rain via Continental Falls.
Hwy 9 to Alma and Buckskin Gulch Drove this route to Windy Ridge Bristlecones.
Hwy 9 to Hwy 24 This route to Buena Vista, CO
Hwy 24 to Clear Creek Canyon Road Drove this route to Winfield and beyond.
Hwy 24 to Hwy 91 to I-70 This route thru Leadville, CO and back to I-70
I-70 to Burlington, CO Motel one night
Kansas I-70 to Oakley, KS (Exit 70) Checked out the tourist attractions
I-70 to Hwy 14 in Kansas This route to Lincoln, KS
Hwy 18 to Junction City Exploring this area of central Kansas
Hwy 18 to Manhattan, & Topeka, KS. Again exploring this route.
Missouri I-70 all the way back to St. Louis Topeka, KS is less than 6 hours from St. Louis.
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July 3, Missouri I-70 to Burlington, CO Non-stop to Burlington, CO.
2003 Kansas Burlington, CO rest stop Crashed here two hours.
Colorado Hwy 24 to I-25 to Hwy 50 Drove this route from Limon to Pueblo, CO.
Road Trip Canon City, CO Bought food & supplies for trip here.
(Long CO Hwy 115 to 96 Drove these roads to Westcliffe, CO
weekend) CO Hwy 69 to County Rd 119 This route to South Colony Road
South Colony Road (County Rd 120) Drove this nightmare of a route (extremely bad)
Humbolt Peak South Colony Lakes Trailhead Survived the drive & found parking lots.
Climb & South Colony Creek Camped here about one mile east from trailhead.
Photo Lower South Colony Lake Hiked to by approx. 7AM next day.
Trip Upper South Colony Lake Hiked up to by 8AM.
Humbolt Peak summit Topped out at 1 PM
Campsite Back & broke camp by 6:00 PM
Hwy 69 to 96 to 45 to Pueblo, CO Motel one night
I-25 to Hwy 24 to I-70 Pueblo to Colorado Springs to Limon CO.
I-70 to central Kansas. Explored an abandoned Homestead
I-70 Non-stop return
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May 18, Missouri I-44 & I-40 Non-stop to rest stop 60 miles east of Amarillo, TX.
2003 Oklahoma New Texas Rest Stop (the best) Crashed here a few hours.
Texas Grants, NM Motel one night.
Road Trip New Mexico El Malpais National Monument to La Ventana Arch & Bluffs overlook.
(1 week) Ojita Wilderness Study Area, Found it.
Cabezon Peak Wilderness Drove several backroads this area.
New Mexico Jemez Falls Hiked to Falls from campground.
/Utah Valle Grand Caldera National Preserve Drove past this beautiful  park on Hwy 4.
Spring Pojoaque, NM Motel one night.
Photo Bandelier National Monument Hiked to Upper & Lower Frijoles Falls.
Trip Jemez Mountain Trail Drove this scenic byway to Cuba, NM.
Chaco Canyon National Historic Park Camped in Gallo Campground 1 night.
Pueblo Bonito Hiked to Pueblo Bonito overlook.
Bisti BadlandsWilderness Cross country hike.
Utah Canyonlands National Park Needles District - Camped 2 nights.
Elephant Hill Hiked almost to Chessler Park.
Route 95 - Blanding to Hwy 276 Drove this and several side roads.
Hwy 276 to Notom Bullfrog Road Impressive views of Little Rockies.
Capitol Reef National Park Brief stop at Halls overlook.
Burr switchbacks Stopped briefly at Peekaboo Arch.
Calf Creek State Park Camped for the night in overflow.
Lower Calf Creek Falls Hiked 3 miles to this amazing falls.
Hanksville Motel one night.
Colorado Angel Trail Dirty Devil River. Found East Trailhead in the Roost area.
Kansas Hwy 24 & I-70 Non stop to Denver, CO motel one night.
Missouri I-70 Non stop all the way back.
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December 26, Missouri I-44 & I-40 (very bad snow & ice) Non-stop to Tucumcari, NM.
2002 Oklahoma Mc Donalds parking lot Tucumcari Crashed here a few hours.
Texas I-40 to I-25 to Hwy 550 Drove this route to Chaco.
Road Trip New Mexico Chaco Canyon National Historic Park Explored Pueblo Bonito Ruins (snow)
(1 week) Ah shi sle pah Wilderness Study Area Drove two track to rim (snow).
Farmington, NM Motel one night.
New Mexico/ Shiprock Drove to tower (snow).
Arizona Page, AZ Motel two nights.
Winter Photo Horseshoe Bend Colorado River Hiked to overlook.
Trip Water Holes Canyon Hiked down into canyon.
Cathedral Wash Hiked into and to Colorado River.
South Canyon House Rock area Found Trailhead into Canyon.
Grand Canyon National Park Bright Angel Lodge one night.
South Rim Drove West Rim Drive on South Rim.
Hwy 89 to I-40 to Tucumcari Motel one night.
I-40 & I-44 Non-stop all the way back.
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