By:  Ben
August 31, 2010 12:01 pm | Category: Quick Update

Kate and I finished our summer jobs last week, so it’s time for a road trip! We packed up Kate’s car with rock climbing gear, mountain bikes, camping gear, and, of course, rock skis and left Hanover Saturday evening heading West.

Kate standing in front of the Subaru Funmobile

By the time we got to the Buffalo, NY area, it was after midnight and we were getting a little tired, so we decided to head up to the Niagara Falls area and find a spot to camp for the night. Kate was scouting around our campsite without a headlamp and walked onto what she thought was an open green area. Turns out it was a swampy pit.

Sad-faced Kate

She dried out by morning though, and we cooked delicious bacon-egg-cheese-potato breakfast burritos in the middle of the Niagara Falls State Park in true dirtbag style.

It's hard to tell who was more interested in our breakfast, the seagulls or the tourists

It was a beautiful day though, and the falls don’t disappoint (although it’d be cooler if there weren’t casinos in the skyline!)

Niagra Falls is pretty!

The mandatory cheesy shot

Huck it!

The beautiful skyline

After our leisurely morning, we hit the road again, hoping to make it to Madison, WI in time for dinner with my one of my best friends and climbing buddy who is starting his PhD in Physics there. Unfortunately, we hit rush hour traffic going through Chicago.

Traffic in chicago. I hate sitting in traffic while trying to drive cross country

Even cities can be kinda pretty...

Even with the traffic, we made it to Madison in time for a late dinner. It was a hot night, but sleeping on a mattress was nice!

Yesterday we drove across the flatlands of Iowa and Nebraska all day, finally getting into Boulder, CO around 11 pm MST. We found a campsite on some national forest land and fell asleep quickly in the cool mountain air. Stay tuned for some biking and climbing updates in the next few weeks!

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  1. Nick
    wrote on August 31st, 2010 at 1:15 pm  

    I didn’t know Chris Zentner was coming on your road trip…

    • Ben
      wrote on September 1st, 2010 at 11:04 am  

      oh ya, he’s the official photographer!

      haha, fixing that right now…

  2. Nick
    wrote on September 1st, 2010 at 11:49 am  

    Also, looks like the line is to boof it off that point — thoughts? I think you could air it out pretty far…and the water’s super aerated, so falling 200 feet and landing flat won’t really be a problem…


  3. AT
    wrote on September 2nd, 2010 at 12:11 am  

    Kate’s post dunk expression is priceless!

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