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Road Trip Americana: DAY 10 (Thursday, October 1st, 2009)

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

started the day off with a proper filipino breakfast. tocino, hot dog, and rice.
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had some major work done on the car, replaced the engine belts and a pair of tires. then heard a loud grinding noise a few miles as i started driving! i found out that part of the bumper started falling apart and hitting the tire. but gaffer’s tape solves all rigging jobs!
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the drive through the rockies makes Colorado the most scenic of all the states i’ve driven through so far. i constantly found myself wanting to pull over and capture the gorgeous views and rock formations.
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no food adventures today, didn’t even have a proper dinner because i wasn’t too hungry. i attribute it to that power breakfast i had in the morning.

Bed Day 10
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Summary:
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Cities: Colorado Springs, CO > Grand Junction, CO
Odometer Begin: 210397
Odometer End: 210723
Day Miles: 326
Gas Prices: $2.36
TOTAL Miles So Far: 3,077

Road Trip Americana: DAY 9 (Wednesday, Sept. 30th, 2009)

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

i spent today doing a bit of sightseeing around Colorado Springs and just hanging out with the Nicandros… family friends from when i was growing up in Vallejo, CA. as i mentioned in an earlier blog, i hadn’t seen them since i was 1991! it’s was pretty wild seeing them all married with children.

some of the highlights of Colorado Springs:
– the Air Force Academy.
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– the Garden of the Gods.
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catching up on 18 years…
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i’ll have to browse the old shoeboxes for old photos of us as kids!

NEXT: drive through Colorado towards Salt Lake City.

Road Trip Americana: DAY 8 (Tuesday, Sept. 29th, 2009)

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

started early and made my way mt. rushmore by 8am. it was a cold morning with a light breeze, and a nearly empty park. peaceful. it was quite the amazing view. i have always wanted to see this as a kid. i took more pictures here than anywhere else in my entire trip!
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how Mt. Rushmore was meant to be finished:
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probably my favorite tilt-shift photo of the trip so far:
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found this guy wandering the parking lot!
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after a couple of hours of touring the park, i was back on the road. i had a google-estimated 8 1/2 hour drive to colorado springs, so i wanted to get started early.

it’s true what my friend Ariani said about Wyoming… there’s really nothing around!
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“3G”, “E”, “o”… none of these networks exist here. i was alone in Wyoming! but it was nice to be free for once from the shackles of the evil iPhone.
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it made me a bit nervous knowing that my brother’s car wasn’t in the best shape and i was pushing it across the badlands. but i feel blessed to have made it safely.

bummed out at the lack of unique eateries on my route.
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drove through Denver and snapped what i could as i was driving…
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then arrived safely in Colorado Springs and i met with family friends i hadn’t seen in 18 years! and true to Filipino custom, the first action is to offer food, which i gladly accepted.
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Day 8 Bed
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Summary:
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Cities: Keystone, SD > somewhere in Wyoming > Colorado Springs, CO
Odometer Begin: 209887
Odometer End: 210397
Day Miles: 510
Gas Prices: $2.58
TOTAL Miles So Far: 2,751

Road Trip Americana: DAY 7 (Monday, Sept. 28th, 2009)

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

visited the “world’s only” corn palace.
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eh. most interesting part was chatting up with an elderly local who was at the front desk. but these designs are pretty cool.
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yup… all made of corn.
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browsed the gift shop for overpriced souvenirs.
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had brunch at a local restaurant (country omelette and warm muffin).
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as i was driving to city, i noticed DOZENS of variations of billboards for “Wall Drug”. the signs don’t really tell you what it is.
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tourist trap or not, you have to feed the curiosity!
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continued the drive into Rapid City and drove straight to Mt. Rushmore as night began to set in. was able to catch the illumination ceremony.
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ended the night with a buffalo burger.
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that’s right… 100% buffalo meat. i’ve heard of a movement to push buffalo meat as the new standard. not bad.

empty downtown Keystone.
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Bed Day 7
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Summary:
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Cities: Mitchell, SD > Keystone, SD
Odometer Begin: 209547
Odometer End: 209887
Day Miles: 340
Gas Prices: $2.26
TOTAL Miles So Far: 2,241

Road Trip Americana: DAY 6 (Sunday, Sept. 27th, 2009)

Monday, September 28th, 2009

now onto the next half of my roadtrip. i wasn’t too keen on this part of the drive because i hear of the endless cornfields. but i made some interesting stops along the way.
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one thing i noticed is these midwest folks love their fireworks (i thought that was just a Texas thing!). i found dozens of signs like these since i started driving in this region.
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pretty amazing (and blinding) driving straight into the sunset through the flatlands of South Dakota.
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found a burger joint i haven’t tried yet before settling in for the night.
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“Double Butterburger w/ Cheese Value Basket” $4.99

Bed Day 06
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Super 8, 47 bucks.

Summary:
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Cities: Minneapolis, MN > Blue Earth, MN > Mitchell, SD
Odometer Begin: 209210
Odometer End: 209547
Day Miles: 337
Gas Prices: $2.26
TOTAL Miles So Far: 1,901

NEXT: onto Rapid City and Mt. Rushmore

Road Trip Americana: DAY 5 (Saturday, Sept. 26th, 2009)

Monday, September 28th, 2009

Minneapolis, Minnesota.

so i decided to treat myself to a day of NOT driving so i can soak up the splendors of the city!

Indoor amusement park @ Mall of America.
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Hell’s Kitchen for the “best brunch in Minneapolis”.
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i could only finish half! the other half i gave to some homeless guy on the street. i forgot to take a picture of him.

Walked around afterwards and kept snapping away…
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Eventually ended up at Guthrie Theater and shrunk the city from their lookout. Pretty amazing view.
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My favorite part of the day: being treated to some authentic midwest-style home cooking (thanks Jen!), while sitting around the bonfire with a few beers and chatting with locals. Good food, good people, good conversation. =D
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And yes, I can totally hear a hint of that “Fargo” accent when they talk!

Overall, I’m happy to have met genuinely cool locals, eat delicious local cuisines (though I missed out on the “lutefisk”), explore downtown, and learn about the way of life in the “big M”. Minneapolis is a beautiful place and I know I just barely scratched the surface of what there is to see and do here. Wish there was more time!

Thank you Katie for hooking up the couch surf and showing me your hometown!

NEXT: onto South Dakota

Road Trip Americana: DAY 4 (Friday, Sept. 25th, 2009)

Monday, September 28th, 2009

i’m actually writing this three days later… ahhh just too much to keep up with and not enough time… but i have to catch up before i get way too behind! highlights, aplenty.

before i left for Minnesota, i had to treat myself to a local delicacy. nobody’s does dogs like Chicago!
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Hit the road and made a pit stop in Wisconsin.
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yes, it’s strangely delicious.

Found this seemingly in the middle of nowhere! a resort town in the middle of Wisconsin. check out this INDOOR theme park.
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I’ve also noticed many indoor water parks. In the dead of winter, this is their escape!

It was a rainy evening drive into Minneapolis, but I arrived safely.
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i met with my friend Katie and as tired as i was, still had to check out some of the nightlife!
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this bar/lounge “Asia” reminds me of “Skylark” in San Francisco. they also play kung-fu movies and Hip Hop!

Bed Day 04
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welcome the sandman.

Summary:
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Cities: Chicago, IL, somewhere in Wisconsin, Minneapolis, MN
Odometer Begin: 208708
Odometer End: 209210
Day Miles: 502
Gas Prices: $2.54
TOTAL Miles So Far: 1,564