Enjoyed spending the day at Rock Creek with one of the best couples of all time!
And of course the day has to end at “The Corner Bar”. The “one more drink” is never a good idea … but then no great story started with a salad!
I spent Day 9 hanging around in Bozeman. Cute town that I visited 6 years ago and have been meaning to come back to.
I did one critical thing today, which was get my Negative Covid results!! I can now, officially, cross the border into Canada!
It was also a good day to make a small dent in my inbox and do a little catch up. So it was coffee shop, followed by restaurant, followed by coffee shop, followed by restarrant bar 🙂
OMGosh … sometimes you gotta just love a hotel room!!
Today was a bit more on the uneventful side … but for me, it has still been heaven.
After sleeping in, I did what I didn’t do all week. I worked! ha!!
And for those that know me (which should be all of 8 of you LOL) … I loved it!
BUT … in other news. The Olympics started today, folks! That’s exciting. Or maybe it’s not because I have only seen it on one TV in the, you know, 5 bars I’ve been to tonight. 😆🍷
Oh but actually – maybe I have something exciting to mention! It’s a little “FutureCasting” as they say.
… I met Chuck and Cheryl over dinner, who I think is going to introduce me to husband #3.
Just kidding!! No more marriages! 😬 Sorry for the almost heart attack Mom and Dad!
But … white water rafting with beers and a bunch of friends that I don’t know yet, sounds totally up my alley!
And now .. back to reality …
A few photos from today. Won’t surprise any of my fans I’m sure. LOL
Tomorrow might be much like today, except – except – except – I’m turning into an Uber and picking up a friend at the airport and then driving West to have a few laughs, drinks, and I suspect some more drinks, and then apparently some golf.
Looking forward Sean and Tania! Can’t wait!
Today was a day of travel. Like, 12 hours of driving. I don’t know how I am still standing right now but I feel like my fans are counting on me to catch up on my blog, so here I am! LOL
My friend Courtney asked “So, do you have a big following?”, and I’m like “No … like 4.”
But actually, I know FF is following me. Maybe my Dad and Sister read it. Totally not sure on that one but I sure hope so. I think Rick and Barb are following it, and I know Anjali is taking a read. Thank you, Anjali.
But I write for me. ✍️ It’s something I love doing and I really hope I’ll do more of it in the future.
But for my all of 8 followers .. here is a recap of my Day 7 😆🚙
Leaving South Dakota and enroute to Montana!
Not too much to report on from today but when it ends with a restaurant bar, a glass of wine, and a blog post. I’m a happy girl. 😆😆
Oh — but do ask about how my hotel debacle turned into a HUGE gift, next time we chat.
Limited internet and having too much fun with friends results in shorter time to blog!
I will fill more in later but some pictures and video from Day 5
Mount Rushmore – Black Hills – Deadwood
I totally forgot about my Monday morning call with a group from London … but glad I remembered it … just in time!
So a little later-than-planned start, but I was on my way to an old ultra-running friend’s place in South Dakota with a jet-fueled gas station ☕️ in hand. I’ll let my readers guess who they mystery friend could be and I will give away the name later on in the post, or tomorrow. 🏃♂️
So …. I do weird things on solo road trips.
News Alert: This blog post is on the longer side because who knew so much could happen on a 10-hour drive between Utah, Wyoming and South Dakota! Well, allow me to share.
In Good Company
In 2019 when I took my first #SoloRoadTrip it was Oprah’s “Super Soul Sunday” Podcast that kept me fulfilled during my travels. I listened to episode after episode, and was eating up all of the “rah-rah, build your confidence, live your best life” blah blah on the airways. I frickin’ loved it!
This trip the Podcast that is keeping me going is Smartless …. OMGosh it’s laugh-out-loud, pee my pants, so f’en hilarious! Jason Bateman is SO funny. I love the connection to Canada with Will Arnett. And I feel like Sean Hayes pulls out the sarcastic humor that catches you off guard in a good way. Check it out. It cracks me up!
Complete Podcast Playlist:
And now … Random Photos From The Trip ….
Continental Divide & Fences
For those that used to watch “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” … remember the 3 Lifelines that the person had?! Yeah, well, I had to use the “Phone a Friend” today when I kept seeing the Continental Divide signs driving through Wyoming. Except I left my Dad and Sister and video recording (sort of the upgraded version of “phone a friend”). Thanks, Dad for being my source of all knowledge!
But here is another riddle and I need to use the “Poll the Audience” lifeline.
Can someone please tell me what these fences are, and why are they everyone along the Wyoming backroads?? I look forward to someone helping me solve the mystery! “Thanks in advance!”
For My Sister … Inside Joke
This video is for my Dad and all of the Oiler fans out there. This is the video I had to turn around for because the sign caught my eye. Thank goodness it didn’t also say “Home of Champions”. LOL
Entering South Dakota
The landscape changed as I was welcomed into South Dakota and I easily found my way to Mike’s place … in time to have a glass of wine (or three, sorry, Mike … I pushed you off the wagon!) … We have a good chit chat w/ Ron about days on the farm … and then enjoyed a delicious meal while we reminisced about the crazy ultra-running days (and yes, all of the old running peeps – we totally talked about you – Claire, Scott, Moselle, Leigh, Frank, Christine, Jon, Jane .. and of course, the crew support team of Rob and Kristin). ha ha!
Grateful for …
And the mystery friend is revealed. Thanks, Mike!!
And for those that might be wondering … this is the look of a LONG day folks … not the wine!
Sunday! Man do I love myself a good Sunday!
Today was extra special because I got up … and then went back to sleep. LOL
Easy to do in the super comfortable bed I got to enjoy and my heart full with joy from the days before.
But I did finally get up and make it out for a run / walk (and just because I’m honest to a fault, it was really a walk / run .. not even a run / walk… but that’s OK … 3.5 miles is 3.5 miles and getting out for anything should be celebrated :-).
For some these pictures might not depict much, but I guess it’s from my days growing up on a farm because I LOVE dirt roads and stitched-together fences – just like these ones I found on my hike today. Notice how I upgraded it to a hike now. Pretty slick, huh. 🙂
I needed a new picture for my match.com profile so I snapped this one post workout. To show the sporty side of me 😊 Maybe I’ll add the picture of my golf clubs at the driving range as well! ha ha
When I texted a friend and mentioned what I was doing, she asked, how was the driving range? … followed by, you golf?
To the first question …
.. The first few balls were spectacular .. and then, well, I’ll blame it on the heat.
As to the second question …
… I’m always grateful for my first husband 😆 for teaching me how to golf (actually, it was his best friend Scott that taught me, but Mike inspired me so I give him all the credit!). This year I’ve been fortunate enough to dust off the 25 year old clubs and hit the links with my friend Tannis and her main squeeze Z. If anyone wants to meet me at the driving range once I hit Alberta, let me know! ⛳️
After all of that work, I had to relax and enjoy the view. ☕️ Thanks again to Beth and Keith for the amazing gift of a b.yond comfortable bed and beautiful view!
and then …
Dinner .. with a few of my favo(u)rite things … and a new project we are kicking off in our July issue of Disruption magazine!
Other notable highlights …
Well, off to bed because it’s a long drive tomorrow … but I am SO excited to be headed to see our old running pal, Mike, tomorrow in SD. I’m excited for a home cooked meal after my 10-hour drive. Plus wine. Always + wine, people. 🍷 You know that about me, right?
What a treat that is going to be!
And .. as for #SoloRoadTrip Day 3 …. That’s a wrap!
Some might say the 80 East from Nevada to Utah is a little boring, but I beg to differ. Especially when it’s your first time driving it.
7.5 hours of drive time but the mountain ranges on both sides gave me a pretty sight to look at the entire way …. and the long, straight highway kept my focus on my future. I loved it!
It’s a huge treat to stay at a friend’s place while I am in Utah! It’s just a bummer that I missed them by 7.5 hours. 🙂
P.S. It almost took me as long from the gate to the house, Beth, as it did from Reno to Park City! LOL But the view is definitely worth it. With huge gratitude!!
And now for the best part ….
And now I’m holding myself accountable to a promise I made … which is to get out of my comfort zone when it comes to videos. I have to post at least one per day. This one makes the cut, for obvious reasons. 😍😍
And the journey begins!
And YAY – I can now upload videos! #Sweet!!
As you’ll hear from the video and see from the picture, my journey has started out in the best way possible … a run with friends!
I have been running with this crew consistently for the last five years and they are my lifeline! Our 0545 (turned 0630) morning runs on M/W/F each week have kept me sane and something I look forward to. Our #NeverMissAMonday has gotten me out of bed in the pitch dark of winter and the bright light of summer. Grateful to my friends for joining me this morning before I set off! Thanks Jane, Debbie, Derek and Don! With special mention to their furry friends Leo, Cota and Emmie!
Friday afternoon traffic on the 80 East probably wasn’t the best idea, but once I was out of the city I started to relax and just let the road lead me where I was about to go.
I started the trip off with a few founders — it is always so much fun to connect with ambitious people looking to change the world! And then I got re-acquainted with Sirius Radio — it was one of the things I cut off when Covid hit because I wasn’t driving anywhere! I got in one podcast Lewis Howes – The Millionaire Habits That Changed My Life – Episode 1135. I’ll add some of the highlights from here tomorrow!
And as I pulled into my first destination, I turned on some music that I love … these likely aren’t on your play list but they are on mine 🙂
Looking for Audible recommendations; Podcasts, and yes, I’d love to hear what music makes you want to get up and dance!
Grateful for …. my parents and sister for being my co-pilots and check in points along my journey | my team for keeping the train running smoothly while I am away | 30 degree sunshine! | my car! I love driving it and she’s keeping me safe on my travels | friends letting me couch surf and break up my travels.
Not many places to stop and take photos of the breathtaking views as you’re heading towards Tahoe, but just like my Dad says about lotto tickets … all you need is one.