We recently finished a two-and-a-half day cross-country drive from Colorado to Virginia. It began Thursday, October 8th, when Louisa flew from Roanoke, VA, to Dulles and then to Denver, CO.
On Friday, we finished cleaning out the old apartment, and then went to the Triceratops Trail in Golden, CO. We enjoyed seeing the dinosaur prints, as well as fossils of bird tracks, rain drops, leaves, and bug tracks. We also had a great view of the Front Range. Then, we began our drive to Kansas City, MO.
Saturday morning we went to L.C.’s BBQ for a lunch of burnt end sandwiches. The sauce was excellent, and the burnt end sandwich was wonderful. The thick cut fries were also great. After lunch, we resumed our drive towards Bowling Green, KY. On the drive through St. Louis we passed next to the Arch, and then over the Mississippi River. We also saw some pretty Fall colors on the drive through KY. For dinner we stopped at White Castle, where we enjoyed slyders and fries (we also stopped at White Castles for snacks on Sunday).
On Sunday we took the Grand Avenue tour in Mammoth Cave. The tour was massive – 4.5 miles over a period of 4.5 hours. We got to hike up and down two 90′ “mountains” inside the cave, see a lot of gypsum – both “flowers” and sparkly patterns on the walls, the Snowball dining room (so named for fist-sized gypsum snowballs) – where we stopped for some warm vegetable soup, the Frozen Niagara and the stalactite and stalagmite section. We also saw a wild turkey and deer on the bus ride over to the man-made cave entrance.
After the tour we began our drive to Virginia. We took a brief detour through Tennessee, and eventually made our way to Blacksburg. All in all, we had a good drive, and got to see and do some fun things.