I am happy to say that our first long drive is complete and it actually went well. We arrived in Evergreen, Colorado around 10 pm pretty tired after 13 hours on the road.
We traveled north on I-15 through Nevada, the tip of Arizona and Utah, then took I-70 east.
• 13 hours on the road
• 750 miles
• 3 stops - Joseph, UT, Fruita, CO, Gypsum, CO
• 4 States - Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Colorado
• 1 Speeding Ticket - husband in Utah, 3 hours into the trip. Totally out of character for him.
The drive wasn't too bad, long but not bad. As always when we travel north on I-15 the roads in Arizona are just awful, but thankfully you aren't traveling them that long. There is that stretch in Utah that is really pretty, but the last part of I-70 in Utah before you reach Colorado can be quite boring. This is the exact same route we took when we moved out to Las Vegas 4 years ago almost to the day.
Of course once you get into Colorado the scenery is simply gorgeous! The river that follows you along the highway is breathtaking and the beauty continues through the Rocky Mountains. The challenging part for us was traveling on these very dark and curvy roads after hours of driving. If I was to do it again, I think I would plan it a little differently.
We broke the trip up into 3 legs, hoping to do about 3.5 - 4 hours and 250 miles between stops. As the day got longer, the stops seemed to get a bit closer together. Both dogs really did great! Averi our oldest dog did well, but towards the end you could tell she was over it. For the life of us, we don't understand why but neither one of our dogs will sleep in the car. Unfortunately, they have always been like this. They might close their eyes for a split second, but fight sleeping the majority of the way. If we could just get them to sleep, then I think we would push the distance between stops even further. Although, I think we also need the stops just as much as they do.