Eve was packed yesterday. I spent the afternoon giving her a good cleaning: vacuuming, organizing, and throwing out garbage. I will be living in my car for the next two weeks, and she needs to be properly prepared to be my home. Originally I had planned to leave yesterday morning, but I just didn't have enough time after work on Friday to get all the preparations done. So I postponed for one day. The first day of driving will be a long one--more than 15 hours behind the wheel. The first leg of the trip is to reach Las Vegas, Nevada in time to make the wedding of my little sister Kristy. But this is August. Summer is not the time to be in the desert or traveling to it, especially since I sleep in my trunk on road trips. Thus, the first leg of my trip requires me to reach the Rocky Mountains where the elevation will keep the temperatures low enough for me not to melt. And that requires a full day of driving when starting just before dawn.
The drive was rather uneventful. Sunrise in southwestern Wisconsin, into Iowa, straight west through Nebraska and into Colorado. As I neared Colorado it became overcast and there were bouts of rain. It was dark as I approached Denver, but once there I just had a short drive to climb into Front Range
of the Rocky Mountains just west of Denver. There I found a little rest area for my first nights sleep. As hoped, the mountains were much cooler than the 90 degrees I had during most of the trip. A long day of driving covering 1,017 miles.