This is the first daytime-view of the motel that I stayed at in Burns, Oregon. The night drive to the motel was very straining, but the light this sign emitted was like a beacon in the dark the night before.
Here is another view of the actual hotel, which wasn’t half bad as a last minute, one-night stay.
After a long drive through the rest of Utah, I finally made it to Idaho! I buckled down and powered through until I saw a Chickfila sign at the Twin Falls exit – which turned out to be my most interesting detour.
After gorging myself at Chickfila and resupplying at Target, I headed over to the town’s visitor center, which sat at the edge of the canyon on the far end of the Perrine Memorial Bridge. Below is a scale-model of the bridge that many people use for base-jumping.
I stayed the night in Salt Lake City at the Ramada Motel, which also had a built-in Indian Cuisine restaurant. After checking-in, I weighed my options for food and decided to cap off the night with a cheeseburger and fries from the Denny’s across the street before embarking on a vegetarian diet.
My grandmother on my dad’s side texted me the night before to check out the Temple Square – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – before I left the city. So I carved out some time to see the square before embarking on a long leg of my road trip.
Below are some of the buildings I saw during my 1 hour personal tour:
My time in Denver was pretty short, but I ended up sharing my dinner table with a large black family at the hotel buffet who needed extra seating. They were from Colorado and just doing a “staycation” in Denver to get away from home. After resupplying and eating breakfast, I headed toward Ft. Collins, CO, and stopped at a natural park behind a planned community to take pictures of the mountain range I was going to cross.
After crossing the mountain range, the highway turned to dirt for about 20 miles and we got stuck behind an 18-wheeler that was kicking up dust and rocks.
The second day of my roadtrip started off in Salina, KS with the day to drive to Denver, CO. I stayed the night at Country Inn & Suites, which had the softest mattress, sheets and pillows of all the hotels I’ve experienced. The following morning I woke up to DIY waffle buffet, a breakfast room full of Air Force Radio Operators in transition, and a Walmart next door where I resupplied for the trip.
I didn’t take many pictures on my way to Colorado, other than a few videos of how much the land looks like the drive through West Texas – only less red dirt, and about the same amount of windmills.
The DIY Trailer (as seen on my roadtrip)
This blog post is inspired by the guy I met at the “Colorado Welcome Center” who built his own trailer based off the following CLC kit plan from As seen in the Facebook post, he built this portion of the trailer in two weeks but still has another two weeks of final touches.
Here is the promotional video of what the finished teardrop trailer camper looks like.
Also mentioned in the Facebook post is the Gidget Camper, pictured below: