I've seen some amazing sights the past couple of weeks! I've been out west making deliveries from Idaho down to Arizona, and from the southern tip of California all the way up to Washington State. Here's a quick look into one extra-special day where I got the opportunity to explore the majestic Glenwood Canyon!
2 a.m.: I awake to a police siren wailing. This is my alarm. After testing out many ringtones, I found that this particular sound never fails to rouse me from my slumber. Having gone to bed at 6 pm, I am well rested and raring to go. My trailer is full of sacks of pastry flour destined for a large bakery near Los Angeles and it's not going to deliver itself! I have 1 ½ hours before my required 10 hr break will be over and I can get back on the road. Just enough time for a workout, a shower, and a quick bite to eat! I cycle through my usual routine of crunches, curls, and squats and finish by jumping rope. The few other drivers in the truck stop who are awake at this ungodly hour look on curiously. Having worked up a nice sweat, I grab my shower bag and head in to one of the private shower rooms made just for the long-distance traveler such as myself. Once clean and refreshed, I opt for a breakfast of Greek yogurt with flax seeds and bananas. My favorite!
Ding! My timer says my break is over! I hop out of my truck and thoroughly inspect it to be sure it's up to the task of traveling the 550 miles that I plan to cover today. Satisfied that my truck is good to go, I settle into the driver's seat. After turning on an audio book, I set off down the interstate which, at this early hour, is nice and quiet. Today I'm listening to a book detailing the little known history of North Korea. It is riveting and the hours and miles fly by. Having started the day near central Kansas, I soon find myself cruising through Colorado on I-70 with the Rockies in the distance. The sight is beautiful; the sun is now up and shining on the craggy mountain peaks as fluffy clouds lazily float by.
I pull into a Love's Travel Stop where my dispatcher told me to purchase fuel. I decide to refuel myself as well and take a break to eat some lunch. Then, onward ho! I'm in the thick of things at this point and my truck lets me know. Its powerful engine chugs up a steep mountain grade and attempts to come hurtling down the other side. I restrain it with a lower gear while carefully monitoring my speed. Before I know it, a tunnel appears ahead of me, winding its way straight through a mountain. I zip through and find myself faced with one of the most scenic sections on the Interstate System - the Glenwood Canyon. Another required break is almost upon me, so I decide to take the time to stop and enjoy the splendor! And what a sight to see! The canyon walls rise 1,300 feet into the sky above the all-important Colorado River. There are foot paths that run along the river and areas for canoeing, hiking, fishing, biking, horseback riding, you name it! I thoroughly enjoy a nice long walk through the canyon seeing waterfalls, fish, and even a beaver before retiring to my sleeper. It's an awesome end to my day!