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Hi all, Jacob here, welcome to day 3. Quite a bit to report since Mike's last update: after that update, we decided to stop in a town called Parachute, CO to stay at a Super 8, having had good luck with their wireless in Seward. We pulled in and I went to the office, which had no clerk behind the desk; some other people waiting there told me she had stormed out yelling something just before I got there. After I'd been waiting a few awkward minutes, a police car came up to the parking lot, and then the clerk came back, calmly apologized, and informed us that there were no vacancies. It was pretty late, but we'd heard that there were no vacancies in Rifle, the town we'd just passed through, either, so we decided to press on to Grand Junction, about 40 miles further.
When we got to Grand Junction they were pretty booked up as well; we tried the Super 8, and then Quality Inn, but had no luck until we tried the Affordable Inn. Affordable Inn did not inspire me with its competence, or with the non-bitter-and-hostileness of its staff. When we asked about Internet access, the clerk told us in one breath that "we have Wi-Fi and it occasionally works." This proved to be pretty accurate, which is why we weren't really able to do any blog updating last night. Sorry about that.
But they had beds and that was good enough. We got a room, and this morning we got up, tried to update the blog again, with no success, and then set off for Arches National Park in Utah. The plan is to go to Arches and spend a goodly amount of time there, then head down to the Grand Canyon and be ready to spend the morning there tomorrow. Then tomorrow in the early afternoon we'll head to Las Vegas, go to the casinos and see the town, and then get into Los Angeles the next day.
This morning's drive so far has been gorgeous, by the way. It's amazing how much the landscape changes once you get to the Rockies. I hope the pictures do it justice.
This blog is an account of Jacob and Mike's (Skippy) cross-country trip to move Jacob from Chicago, IL to Irvine, CA. We decided we'd document the trip by making a blog post for every hundred miles we drove, in addition to anything else of interest. There is a map that I made with a thumb tack in each place where we wrote a blog post.