|Road trip, Toronto to Berkeley|
I drove alone for the first day. It was sad leaving Alex and my family behind, and the long drive and new beginnings weighed heavily on me. Also, Michigan drivers are ass holes. That is the only notable memory from my first day other than sadness. Fortunately I had company after my first day, and the road trip vibes picked way up. I picked up my friend Charlotte outside of Chicago and she did the rest of the trip with me.
Charlotte and I did our PhD's together at Queen's in Kingston, Ontario. Now we are both postdocs in the states. Living the dream, paying off debts while making marginally more money and working harder than ever.
|Day two. Somewhere in Iowa|
More beautiful scenery.
|amazing view from my car in Iowa...or Nebraska|
|Charlotte (copilot) enjoying a Chai Beer. I always seem to have to best beer in Colorado!|
After a night at a sketchy AirBnB we went to Source for coffee and pastries. Its another great Denver spot.
After Denver we took a detour through the mountains. Finally it was becoming scenic and a bit more interesting. We drove through the mountains, literally. I was also able to test my cars performance in high altitude. It was not a very impressive performance, and now I know.
|Leaving Denver CO and driving west.|
Finally after a long day we made it into Utah and to Salt Lake City. Colorado and Utah are very beautiful states with constantly changing landscapes. I plan to go back.
In Salt Lake City we stayed at another AirBnB. This one was better than the Denver spot, but also unique in its own way. Its called the cock house, and is not as sexy as it sounds. Its was no chip and dales, it was a small unit inside of a chicken coop. No regrets though.
|Charlotte trying to hide her excitement|
We woke up, ate some funky chicken eggs and started the drive through the salt flat. We were interested in swimming in the Salt Lake. We wanted to float along the surface of the buoyant lake. Well, let me tell you, once you get a close look at the lake, any thought of swimming in it quickly fades. Smells like farts, the water is full of sea monkeys (brine shrimp) and the beach has a thick layer of flies.
|Charmander on the Salt flats, Utah|
|Bonneville Salt Flats|
|Excited to see mountains and trees again. Note that I am actually looking at the road because I am a fantastic driver.|
|Lake Tahoe, CA|