US Trip 2019 – Day 2 – The journey begins

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The route this day took us from Denver, Colorado to Interior, South Dakota. A long day on the road, with beautiful weather and lots of nice caches.

Approximate time on road/out caching:  11 hours, 40 minutes
Total miles driven: 414.5 mi / 667,1 km
Total caches found: 17
Total DNF: 3
States visited: Colorado, Nebraska, South Dakota
Famous places visited: Carhenge
Most memorable cache: GC6GP1C Carhenge TB Motel
Biggest surprise: Amount of mosquitoes in Interior
Weather: Sunny
Highest temperature: 84°F / 28,9°C
Lowest temperature: 70°F / 21,1°C

Early up

We got up early, but still felt properly rested. That’s the best part about traveling «back in time». No jet lag feeling, but awake in the morning. We used that to our advantage, and got an early start out of the hotel.

After a quick stop for a cache (and the first DNF of the trip), and the remaining part of the road trip supplies we couldn’t find yesterday, we were on our way.

GPS trouble

We didn’t get very far, before the Nüvicam started acting up. It randomly started rebooting, and hide the map. Kinda annoying. So we had no other choice than to stop. I had a theory that it might be the memory card that was the issue. So we got the laptop fired up, and moved the map from the memory card to the device itself.

That solved the problem, and we could continue on our journey.

On the road again

Finally it was time to hit the wide open road – the real road trip had begun! Not too many caches planned, but just enough to get all the counties and not drive for too long between the stops. Almost no traffic, and beautiful weather!

After stopping to find GC5422 «Oh – for – Peetz – sake», which was a bit more difficult than expected, it was time to cross the border from Colorado to Nebraska.

A quick detour for a virtual

We love finding virtual caches, so we just had to put GC4D81 Ponies, Stages & Telegraphs on our plan when we noticed it along the route. We couldn’t drive all the way out (turned out later that we probably could have), but the short walk was definitely worth it. Beautiful area, and very quiet and peaceful!

Back to Carhenge

A couple caches later, we arrived at Carhenge. We’ve visited Carhenge before, but did not hesitate to put it on our plan again this year, when we noticed the new cache GC6GP1C Carhenge TB Motel.

Carhenge is just the type of quirky attraction we like. It’s awesome! And well worth a second visit.

Time for a rest

After the visit to Carhenge, we didn’t have to drive very far before we got to the closest rest area. Too bad there wasn’t any cache here.

Wounded Knee

After seeing enough of Nebraska for now, we crossed the border to South Dakota.

There’s a lot of strange names on the map, and we got to visit Wounded Knee next, and learn about the gruesome history of the area when doing GCG05Q Wounded Knee Creek.

Mosquitoes, mosquitoes everywhere!

We arrived in Interior a lot earlier than we had thought, so we decided to find a bonus cache – GC47VYC Interior Fairview Cemetery. But we got way more than the cache, and left with a couple dozen mosquito bites as well. We decided to call it a night after that, and spent the rest of the evening at the hotel.


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