Richmond, Virginia to Grand Junction, Colorado

Hello, how are you? Ready for a trip? This one will be a 3 1/2 day trek covering 1911 miles. That puts us on a pace of 68.25mph, meaning a daily advance of 546 miles. Let’s pack it up and head out on this voyage.

DAY ONE (Tuesday)

Patricia is going to have a lot to say about our trip, sad to say. She will intercept our route fairly early in the day. As we leave Richmond, it may be dry, but it will still be ominous, with dark clouds on the horizon. Red sky in morning, as they say, road trippers take warning. The dry conditions may last as far as Charlottesville, but I wouldn’t count on it. One nice thing about our route is that it jogs north through Appalachia, which will prevent the rain from being as torrential as it will be around Roanoke and Blacksburg. It will still be mighty damp, certainly, but it won’t be as bad as it could be. Well, not until we reach Kentucky. Universally, guidance suggests us to be inundated in eastern Kentucky, nearly as soon as we cross the state line from West Virginia. We will stop in Middletown, Kentucky, on the east side of Louisville.

DAY TWO (Wednesday)
The majority of the rain will be through Louisville as Patricia jets to the north, and a dry slot infiltrates the central Plains. We will struggle to break out while we are in the Ohio and Mississippi Valleys. We’ll pass through St. Louis into central Missouri and similarly pass from a drizzly, cloudy mess to a sunny, still damp countryside. It will still be breezy and cool as we cover the Show Me State, with a bit of an improvement in temperature when we reach Kansas City. This is a good omen. Call it a night in Tonganoxie, Kansas, west of KC off the Kansas Turnpike.

DAY THREE (Thursday)
Thursday will be a good day of driving. Kansas should be an easy drive, with sunny skies and not much terrain to navigate. More of the same in eastern Colorado, which will also be sunny and dry. The day will end in the dusty outpost of Peoria, Colorado, which is about an hour east of Denver.

DAY FOUR (Friday)
Fortunately, I-70 doesn’t go to the peaks, though emerging from the Eisenhower Tunnel, it can get a little snowy. There could be a splash of rain along our route west of Denver through Glenwood Springs, with some snowshowers in the Eisenhower Tunnel area, but after that, expect things to clear out as we finish the day in Grand Junction, the last occupied outpost in Colorado.
Grand Junction