BRay (Brian and his girlfriend Jan), silovich (Kevin) and I (Jeff) left for Moab on Saturday, May 18th. Kevin was in Indy, so he was on the road a couple of hours before us. We managed to meet up in Iowa at "The World's Largest Truckstop".
Kevin needed a spare trailer tire mounted up, but "The World's Largest Truckstop" wasn't capable of doing such a tough job.
Kevin used his phone to find a shop down the road...so off we went.
It wasn't long until we pulled into the tire shop.
They mounted two tires on rims and one was mounted up on the trailer and the other was put in Kevin's truck...for a spare.
It wasn't long after that when Kevin's truck decided it needed a new alternator.
We pulled into an AutoZone, where Jan used her employee discount to save Kevin a few bucks, and swapped out the alternator.
Luckily the alternator was easy to get to.
I didn't however say it was comfortable to get to.
But Kevin managed the swap in about 30-minutes.
After that it was smooth sailing until just after North Platte Nebraska, where the skies turned dark and the weather alert sounded over the radio. Strong storms with golf ball size hail and possible tornadoes were possible. With that bit of news we pulled into Ogalala Nebraska and grabbed dinner at Denny's...the worst one ever, and decided to stay the night at the Quality Inn Denny's was attached too. Brian and I even got to park our jeeps under the covered entry way....Kevin was SOL.
The next morning we headed off towards Colorado. Ogalala to the Denver area pretty much sucks....flat and up hill.
We finally got a glimpse of the Rockies.
Way off in the distance, but they gave us hope of things to come.
We stopped for breakfast just before starting the big climb up the mountains.
Some other jeepers stopped to check out Kevin's rig.
After a few minutes of chatting we headed up the mountain.
We ran into snow....not just on the mountains, but it actually snowed on us. I would have hated to be one of the guys we saw on motorcycles.
Things were pretty nasty up by the Eisenhower Tunnel. The east bound lanes were backed up a bit as two state trucks put de-icer down.
The tunnel was nice and dry.
Kevin's Chevy was put to a test pulling Jeffery up the mountain. Brian, Jan and I decided to continue ahead a bit and do a little sight seeing, while Kevin chugged along.
While we were out at a scenic overlook Kevin went past....it was a bit of a down hill section so he was moving right along.
I snapped a photo for a couple and they returned the favor.
We grabbed a couple of shots next to our jeeps too.
After making our way through the mountains we coasted on into Utah.
We finally made it to Hwy 128 and got our first glimpse of the promised land.