August 9-10, 2010
It was about 3pm when I left the wedding reception. I hadn't planned on staying so late, so I really needed to get going. The total distance back to Wichita was over 1100 miles, and I wanted to get back a little early so I would have time to unpack and rest before returning to work on the 11th. To speed things up, I decided to slab I-40 home.
I went over Hoover Dam on the way out, and although I've been there a couple times before, I still like to stop and take pictures of it.
After a short ride on 93, I merged onto I-40, the highway that would take me most of the way home. Although I like the desert, interstate riding is usually relatively dull. When I started dozing off, I'd pull off the road, get my folding chair out, and nap for 15-20 minutes. Even if I wasn't able to sleep much, I would wake up feeling refreshed.
I stopped to eat in Flagstaff, AZ, and considered my options. If I slept, it would be very late by the time I made it home. Instead, I opted to stay up riding all night, and with any luck I'd make it home early in the afternoon.
The ride home was uneventful. A couple times during the night I needed to pull over and nap in my chair, but I was fine to keep going. Finally, highway 54 split off of I-40, and I followed it across the Oklahoma panhandle into Kansas. My final odometer reading on the GPS was 11,086.2 miles, and almost 1,200 miles of that was completed in less than a day. Finally back home!
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