four years ago today [2012.11.10]
as the sun was rising, i woke up on the side of a dirt road just off u.s. highway 50 in eastern colorado. when driving east the night before, i remember going on a continual descent as i was leaving the rockies. this day was one of the longest days driving. i drove from the time i got up to the time i went to sleep, only making short stops to eat, use the bathroom, or get gas. it was a really long drive heading east across the whole state, though i got to see tumbleweed tumble across the country highway. when i stopped at dusk for the evening, i was only 10-15 miles from the missouri border, and it was almost exactly ten hours from when i had started in the morning.
somewhere in kansas, i got pulled over by a police officer or state trooper.. it was strange as i wasn't speeding (most of the time i'd only drive 50-55mph to get better gas mileage, though sometimes would go faster if i was on a descent or getting tired of driving or something). i asked if i had missed a stop sign or something.. he stopped me as he had read the digits on my license plate incorrectly when he was randomly checking it and thought it was an invalid plate. luckily it didn't take long for him to check my registration and verify it was valid.. i grabbed a clif bar and had a snack while i waited. some days on the road i would eat more than one bar or other little snacks to keep me going while driving or exploring and wouldn't really have actual meals. since i had a lot of time after it got dark early on these shorts days, i probably would at least make a sandwich or cook soup or something when stopping for the night. it was a little more difficult stopping early as more people would still be driving around as they were heading home from work or errands or whatnot, and i preferred not to be noticed sleeping on the sides of the road. luckily, i wasn't bothered and not too many people usually went by in the spots i stayed.