I caught a nasty head cold in Denver & haven’t been able to do much besides drive & sleep. I’ll catch you up this week!
So the plan was to leave Tuesday and head to Virginia for the Virginia Wine Tasting and Fly Fishing Festival. As fate would have it the exhaust fell off of my truck so I spent Tuesday doing some repairs on the exhaust and built a small shelf system for the van to give me some more space because at the beginning of these world tours I have boxes and boxes of Ty-Rites and very little space and the shelf seems to have alleviated some of that problem. I also went to Western Machine and Supply looking for some Taps that I need for our Ty-Rites. The guys there were great and spent a lot of time solving my problem. Also found a machinist that will make some of the dies and so forth that I need to bring the tapping of our Ty-Rites in-house which should increase profit. Farhat is a nice man who works out of his home and has quite the sweet setup in his garage. I woke up Wednesday morning did some laundry at my sister’s house, said my goodbyes and headed out on the road. There has been a distributor that has eluded me for a couple years and I just could not find where they were headquartered. Well through a strange turn of events I was told that they were based in Greeley, Colorado and wouldn’t you know I’d be driving right by so I made a phone call to the number I had been given by Donnie at Jax in Broomfield and headed to Stone Creek Whole Distribution. While doing this I stopped by the house I grew up in until 8th grade minus a couple years that we lived in Golden Colorado on a farm my dad’s Uncle owned. The trees you see in this picture my mom and dad planted and my brother and I would get in trouble for jumping over them all the time. On the way out of town, I was driving 287 and went by our old farm that I grew up on
I had a long but good productive meeting with Rocky and Pam from Stone Creek Supply and we may be able to do some business. They carry the knock-off and are not happy with the quality so hopefully, we can get in and replace that and start getting The Original Ty-Rite back out to the stores they supply. I didn’t really leave Colorado until Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. which of course meant that I was going to have to do some night driving which is okay with me because I have lots of auxiliary lighting and there’s much less traffic. The observations of the road this blog, people in Missouri are some of the most selfish unaware drivers in the country, truck drivers have become inconsiderate assholes but that could be due to the increased numbers of idiots driving these days.
One of the greatest pieces of legislation ever passed by the Michigan House and Senate AND enforced by the State Patrol was making it a law that driving in the left lane except to pass was prohibited. Traffic on the highways in Michigan moves so well because everybody’s in the right lane except when you’re going around somebody and you are allowed to accelerate to get in front of them. Other states need to adopt and enforce this policy! Missourians could care less about the flow of traffic and I actually saw 3 cars move into the left lane when a third lane was added to the highway and continue to drive slow while the rest of us passed them on the right. Where has common sense gone in this country? The other thing that just drives me nuts is paying tolls on highways that my state taxes and gas taxes have already contributed too! This was once again the thorn in my side as I had driven 576 miles on I-70 through Colorado and partially through Kansas and then Kansas decides to charge $4.75 to drive on a section of the same Highway that the federal government is paying to maintain and every other state! I drove for another 700 miles on I-70 without a toll??? Where does Kansas get the right to charge a toll for a highway that the federal government maintains and is free on both sides of the state? Taxes should infuriate everyone as it is our government stealing money they we have learned and I’ve already paid taxes on once in the form of payroll taxes. We need to shut down the government completely and start over in my opinion. Our congressmen and Senators, for the most part, do not work for us anymore. Enough on that subject. The states I drove through on this leg of the trip are: Colorado Kansas, Missouri, Kentucky, West Virginia & I’m in Virginia with about a
1763 miles this leg & used 195.8 gallons of gas….the
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I have definitely become spoiled living in northern Michigan as far as traffic goes. Oh my! I don’t know how people deal with so many cars, so many stop lights and so many terrible drivers in Colorado now. There is no way you’re ever going to go anywhere quickly on the Front Range ever again until the Apocalypse! When I lived here as soon as you left Aurora the only thing in between Denver and Colorado Springs was Castle Rock and if you blinked you’d miss it. Now it’s wall-to-wall houses and buildings continuously for the 70 some miles. And it’s the same way going north, I left Lafayette to go up to Fort Collins for school (70 miles) and the only thing you saw was a little bit of Loveland in the distance and the exit for Greeley now it’s nonstop traffic non-stop buildings and houses. I use to make that drive in 50 minutes & now it takes 90 plus minutes…. kind of breaks my heart. I guess when you have such a beautiful place year-round people want to live here. Another thing in today’s age of everything being electronic how is it that traffic lights still can’t be synchronized to move Mass amounts of cars smoothly without interruption? Do they realize that every time a car stops it causes more pollution than if it was just going a steady speed? Guess not???
It was great to catch up with some old friends at the Fly Fishing Show Denver! Blake Welch, thanks for taking the time to see us! Blake is responsible for our branding look, which I just love!! Please go see him if you ever need ANYTHING artistic, he’s a fantastic artist! www.welchcreativegroup.com Also saw my high school/Ft Collins buddies Carl Mendonca, went to jail because of this guy! Paul Klemperer my dirt bike partner in crime & previous own of Ty-Rite along with his wife Lori & Shannon Lundsford my Bus Stop nemesis & long time Ultimate teammate! Last I talk to Carl his two houses were in the path of the lava on Kapoho Bay, Hawaii then his phone was dead & he disappeared until Saturday, I thought he might have been petrified! Sad to say he lost the beach house his mom & dad built fifty-some years ago but his main house was spared. Shannon’s a grandpa again & everyone is doing well while Paul still makes the hour-plus trek to Wyoming for work every day! Always good to see these guys….
Saw Bill Kirk, world-renowned fly tier extraordinaire & probably Ty-Rites number one fan… seriously, the guy fishes with 5 or 6 Ty-Rites around his neck! Ran into Jarrett from Brook Cases, best fly box you’ll ever own! www.brookfishingequiptment.com We had a great dinner at The Blue Moon Brewery Friday night after the show. I had a beer or two with my good friend Daniel Olsen from Wisconsin Saturday who just happened to be in Denver for the
We had a great show in Denver, it was a long three days after the crazy drive out here so I’m taking a
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I left Michigan around 3 pm Wednesday, I’m never fully ready when I say I’m going to be…. leaving everyone I care about including Kopi & Fatty, doing my best to make sure Stacy doesn’t have issues with the house, her truck, Aaron’s vehicle…. just takes more time than I plan for every year. Trying to get an 18 year old van ready for a 30+ thousand mile trip throws some curve balls at you as well! To top it off I had to turn around to go back & get my insulating blankets which are key to me staying warm at night in the van…pictures to come of my cocoon.
Interesting fact, as soon as I crossed the Michigan state line, gas prices were consistently below $2 a gallon and I saw one station at $1.79 in Indiana! Never did I think we would see those prices again! The roads improved immensely as well….. just a curious observation considering Michigan has the 6th highest state tax on gasoline….where does our money go????
The Iowa 80 or I-80 truck stop is just amazing and if you have a chance to stop you should do so! Exit 284 in Walcott, Iowa. It was always one of our kid’s favorite places to stop and stretch our legs on our trips to and from Colorado. I don’t drive a “Big Rig” (my best Nicolas Cage in Gone in 60 Seconds) but I-80 must have every single thing you could ever want/need for a semi truck and trailer! I’m mean EVERYTHING! I don’t know how their prices are or anything like that but man do they have the stuff! Plenty of choices to eat & more “souvenirs” than you can shake a stick at, in one place. You won’t be disappointed you stopped.
I drove 1459 miles in 26 hours which included 3.5 hours of sleep, & “few” of 5 hour energy’s, haha! I would have been in Denver 2 hours earlier but I ran out of gas in the middle of nowhere in Nebraska! One of the “issues” with the van is a gas gauge that every once in a while likes to lie…. It’s never lied this badly before though! I was also catching up with a good friend on the phone & lost track of the miles. Sooooo, I did something I NEVER do & actually called for assistance…..TO FIVE TOW SHOPS & GARAGES & none of them could help me….guess that’s why I never call for help. LOL So I bundled up for the 6-mile walk back to the gas station. About a half mile into my trek THANKFULLY deputy Rachel took pity on my sorry butt walking down the road & not only gave me a ride to sheriffs station garage to get gas she gave me a ride back! Thank you, Rachel, from the Lexington, Nebraska!
At the end of the day all is well, I made it to the Denver Mart, set up the booth, stopped at Chick-fil-A for an awesome meal ( I don’t sconsider Chick-fil-A fast food btw) & headed to my sister’s for some much needed sleep! God is GOOD! Time to get ready for the show!!
I guess if the adventure keep going like this these posts will be a little longer than a paragraph! LOL!
States traveled in this leg of the trip: Michigan, Indiana, Iowa, Nebraske & Colorado.
145.9 gallons of gas…hence the need for a diesel van! Still 3 times cheaper than flying!
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