COLORADO BOUND, 4 STATES IN TWO DAYS
Greetings from Denver, Colorado! Since the last time I posted I have made some big moves to the middle of the country. It’s really beautiful here and I feel right at home in Denver. The laid-back atmosphere in this city is second to none and it’s very soothing for the soul.
My Last post on Saturday was from Lake Tahoe. After that I drove north to Reno, and kept going towards Pyramid Lake. I wasn’t planning on spending a bunch of time in Nevada but I really wanted to hit this well known lake for a dip and wanted to start a painting. I was approaching the lake when I noticed a sign for a tow-truck company called Smith and Toby’s Towing. I’m not sure why, but I notice things that usually have some type of significance, and this sign did.
I could see the lake from the highway now. It looked very inviting nestled in the canyons in the middle of the desert. I saw people in their RV’s parked close to the water. Others using the beach to park their boat trailers and just set up camp for the day. I wanted a private spot so I could feel more comfortable setting up, and possibly doing some art on the beach. I found an unmarked road off the highway that looked promising.
The road was ok…
…Minus the unstable sand that keeps your vehicle above ground. The front of the van sank on the third corner and I was PLANTED! I tried to shovel sand out from around the wheels with my bare hands and tried to stuff wood and branches under the tires for traction. Nothing worked. In and out of the van 50 times in an hour trying to get the thing free but to no prevail. I actually managed to work the van lower into the bowl than it was originally by rocking it back and forth in the sand. I knew now I had to give up, I had been defeated.
Luckily I remembered that tow truck company’s name from the sign on the highway!! (weird how that happens) I googled them and Toby showed up within 20 mins to pull out Da Peace Train. He was a great guy and only charged me 45.00$. For those of you who don’t know, tow trucks usually charge you 300.00$ for any roadside assistance, and they don’t usually go off-road. After getting out of that sand hole I didn’t want to spend much more time in Nevada, I was tired of the desert! I made a decision to head east to Salt Lake City, Utah for some rest.
Waking up early…
…because I knew I had another full day of driving through Utah and Wyoming. I set my new destination to Cheyenne, WY and wanted to make it there by nightfall. Utah is beautiful, It’s really got a lot of different landscapes to keep the eyes busy while driving long straight roads. I was equally impressed with Wyoming and it’s unique landscapes as well. There is a really cool rest area/visitor centre south of Cheyenne. This facility had lots of information about the state and other attractions in Wyoming. They also have a Wooley Mammoth skeleton set up in the visitor centre. It’s worth checking out!
From there I drove south yesterday morning to arrive in Denver around 10:00am. I had to take my bicycle in to get a new rim as I had bent the old one when I got the van stuck. I found a nice little bike shop and they are fixing it today. Thanks again to my friend Orrin for sending me some funds to fix the bike! Cheers bro I love you! The bike should be done today and I’m excited because there’s tons of bike trails in Denver and I want to explore them!
..was jam packed full of new experiences for me. I played 18 holes of disc golf with my friend Codi after he took me out for a massive breakfast at Doug’s Day Diner in Centennial. The breaky was unreal but the disc golf was even better! I’m a natural at this sport according to Codi. He said I did better than most people on their first day. Only 5 over par which was a pretty good score for a newby. So that said, I may be hooked hahaha.
Another first was attending a Colorado Rockies game last night. Coors Field is an amazing structure and the fans are great! I had fun watching the game last night as it was a “homer dome” in the mile high city. The Rockies won 11-3 over the Indians and it was very entertaining. My friend Thomas took me out for supper before the game at one of the pubs close to the stadium. The food was great and I had a veggie burger that would put most to shame. Thank you again Thomas for showing me the sights and sounds around Coors Field.
Today I might hit the zoo. My friend Mandy works there and said she can hook me up with a homie discount for tickets 😉 She also invited me over to their place for dinner this evening! I’m very inspired by how much support I am getting while I chase my dreams.
I may spend some time here to get to work, I want to create some really nice pieces of art. I have a goal in mind to make 2-3000$ in the next week by selling paintings. That would really help the cause and keep my dream alive for another couple months!
Thanks for supporting Da Peace Train!