I woke up bright and early (Salt Lake City Time) and got myself mentally and physically prepared to make this last 10 hour trek.
Mentally – Created a playlist full of motivational, high energy songs including but not limited to Young Jeezy, Ke$ha, and the mixtape Weezy.
Physically – Acquired a large amount of Monster energy drinks.
Equipped with these performance enhancers, I was able to grind these hours out. Here were my thoughts:
- The western side of Utah along Interstate 80 are flat. This was the complete opposite of the lands of Utah entering SLC from the west. The salt covered lands looked like snow covered New Jersey.
- Some lady tried to get a ride to me at a Utah gas station. Her and her “boyfriend” were “stranded” outside of Salt Lake City. She ignored the fact that I told her I’m going in the opposite direction. “Their” car had run out of gas and she had walked the 15 miles to the station for help. Now I don’t like calling people liars, but I immediately began to expose her story rather quickly. First off, it was 7:30 in the morning. A fifteen mile walk would’ve meant she would have been walking to this station for hours. She had a cell phone, but said help would’ve taken hours. So would’ve walking. I offered her money to pay for a tank of gas, to which she declined. A full tank of gas for myself later, and I was on my merry way. Nice try lady. I’m not trying to die.
- Nevada is humongous. The scenery was pretty cool, but there were no civilians until I reached Reno, all of the way near the border of California. Reno basically looked like an Atlantic City that only possesses the bad parts of Atlantic City. No stopping there.
- Eastern California closely resembled a greener Nevada, full of steep inclines. I passed Lake Tahoe and can only imagine the winter fun that exists there. Sacramento seemed like a country town, full of farms and open fields, but I didn’t go through their downtown.
- At this point, merely an hour or so away, I was on my last legs. I looked back at Zoe and she was lacking energy as well. I arrived to meet my new home and I couldn’t have been happier. So far so good. Now I just need to get all A’s.