Family Flashbacks (16): The CRT: The Home Stretch

Well, we’ve come a long way on my flashback report from our California road trip (CRT) six years ago. This date found us on our next-to-last day as we drove on the Interstate-80 highway from Elko, Nevada to Cheyenne, Wyoming. It was quite cold in Elko, a couple of degrees below freezing, with a dusting of new snow. We made no photo stops along the way, but I did make some hand-held shots from the moving car while CD was driving, and I also had a GoPro camera suction-cupped to the inside of the windshield and we turned the video on at the more interesting sections of country that we encountered along the way; I subsequently went through them all and harvested these single images from the sequences. We arrived in Cheyenne at 8:30 pm, having driven for 12½ hours and logging 667 miles (1,073 km), setting a new record for our trip. On the last day we smelled the barn and put the pedal to the metal and in seven hours drove the final 495 miles (797 km) across the rest of Wyoming and the whole width of Nebraska back to our Omaha home. Over the course of the past 18 days we had logged a grand total of 4,980 miles (8.015 km). And here ends my retro report. Thanks for coming along with us for this virtual ride!

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15 Responses to Family Flashbacks (16): The CRT: The Home Stretch

  1. You’ve got some appealing panoramas there. I’d be happy to visit those places.

  2. Vicki says:

    Thanks for taking us along for the ride. It was very enjoyable :)

  3. Fabulous panoramas with wonderful light. That is some drive! I don’t like driving a couple of hundred miles here, let alone thousands! Well done!

    • krikitarts says:

      Thanks, Pete. In some parts of the country it’s similar to parts of Australia: You have to go hundreds of miles to get to anything that’s different from where you are at the moment.

  4. bluebrightly says:

    Your roadside shots are beautiful – I really like those, they always make me itch for a road trip – and yours was epic! I can’t believe those long driving days.

    • krikitarts says:

      I do love being on the road in adventure mode too, but still regret that we had to make it back home on the straight, fast, and broad with no real time for photogenic dalliance. But thanks for the fine compliment–it was still great fun to see what I could do with limited opportunities, and perusing each GoPro video clip for the single best frame was a rewarding exercise in meditation. Thanks so much, Lynn.

  5. Adrian Lewis says:

    The US is certainly a big place – I simply can’t imagine driving such a distance! :)

  6. Meanderer says:

    Those shots from the go-pro are just fab and give us a taste of what you were looking at as you drove along. I’ve really enjoyed accompanying you on your road trip and, as Adrian says, couldn’t imagine driving that many miles! As you say, it’s the vastness, similar to Australia.

  7. krikitarts says:

    The shots to the side (the first two) I made out of the window; the last three were with the GoPro. It’s an early model and the res is pretty low, but it provides for good documentation. And it was great to know that your were virtually along for this retro ride!

  8. There was a time when I’d happily drive those endless roads for days on end. Thing of the past now. “Into the great wide open”. Love all those blue mountains.

    • krikitarts says:

      So do I. Much gentler and more subtle than the celebrated ones further to the west, but I find this a very special part of the country and I thoroughly enjoyed seeing it in this way.

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