From Long Beach to Fort Collins!
Took us about 17 hours, and we averaged 16.8 MPG, not bad considering we spent HOURS cruising at 75 MPH (80 through Utah!).
Haven't looked at the odometer yet, but we went through $250 worth of gas.
Outside air temp peaked at 116* on the way to Vegas, and it was 113* in Baker where we stopped for fuel.
Stopped for dinner in Veags (BIG mistake!), and I wanted to go to Planet Hollywood.
Big mistake #2.
We got the menu, saw that the steaks were $55, and everything was a la carte, so we politely thanked the staff and slipped out to find something cheaper.
Wasted over 90 minutes in Vegas, including getting off and back on I-15.
At least the parking was free!
Continued on out way through Nevada, cut through the NW corner of Arizona, and then on into Utah, where the speed limit went to 80 MPH!
We picked up with two brand new Dodge Challengers wearing manufacturer's plates, and cruised at 80+ MPH until just before sunset, when they peeled off at a small city that advertised "Gas Food Lodging".
Since they both had "SRT" emblems, and judging from the hood scoops, splitters, and spoilers both had, I'm guessing they were the new "Hellcat" models that aren't quite for sale yet.
Crossed most of Utah in darkness, which is a shame, as I remembered it being nice scenery from the last time I drove through it, some 30 years ago.
Came through the Vail area about 30 minutes after sunrise, and it was just beautiful.
There's still snow in large sections of Vail, and the outside air temp dropped to a low of 31*, quite a difference from some hours earlier in the desert!
Had breakfast in Denver, then headed North to Fort Collins. Got to our hotel several hours early, due to my wife estimating our travel time to be 22 hours, very tired, so I napped in the Jeep.
When we got our room, I laid down on the bed and slept for 7 hours. Got up, had some dinner, watched some TV, and went back to sleep for another 10 hours!
This high-speed traveling is kinda fun, but only when it matches your sleep schedule.
I'm going to be out-of-it until tomorrow........