Minnesota Trip : Day 1, Tuesday

The summer of 2010 trip turned out to be a car trip, not a moto trip, because I was worried that my sleep apnea would make a moto trip too risky. Plus, we can take Katie in the car. So we rented a Hertz Sebring (leather seats, Sirius radio, moonroof).

D-day … we get a late start because we can (4-wheels are more forgiving) and because we need to. Route: Lynnwood WA to Kalispell, MT  with a stop in Coeur d’Alene ID for Hudson’s Burgers. Our motel room is next to a half-dozen Harleys; they hit the road earlier than we do Wednesday morning. (Google Mapthe trip summary page)

Sebring Instruments
This is the first time I’ve ever picked up a Hertz car with less than a full tank of gas.
Owners Manual
The Digital Edition Owners Manual is useless in a rental car!
error
The first of many AT&T data failures. This was in CdL.
Mike
Mike waiting in line at Hudson’s Burgers; he said it was a record line in his experience.
mike
Yes, it was worth the wait!
Driving
Driving On US-93 (I Think) – See Curves On GPS
Construction
Our first encounter with mobile traffic lights for road construction.
MT scene
My first shot from the moving car, trying to capture the fabulous light and sky.
scenery
More sky – and a stereotypical red barn.
scenary
I am captivated by the light and the sky.
sunset approaches
The Sky Through A Bug-Splattered Windshield
Fire and water
Fire and Water
sunset approaches
Sunset Approaches
boat at sunset
Finally, a sunset photo composed while standing still! (facing southeast)
last glimmer
Last Glimmer Of Light As I Return To The Car (And Face West)

NOTE: these are unretouched photos from my iPhone3GS; unless otherwise noted the scenery/sunset shots were made from a moving vehicle. Click any image for a full-size version of the photo.

See photos from the trip at Flickr.

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