Saturday, September 18, 2010

The Drive to #18 Branson

Inside the host hotel.... The Chateau....ooohhhh.

Friday September 17, 2010

I was suppose to get out the door and on the road by 5 am... but that didn't happen.  I stayed in bed and slept just a little bit longer... felt so good.  My good friend Tyrell loaned me his BMW 745 to make the 1300 mile drive to Branson.  It leaks a little oil and he asked if I would top it up for him - no big deal right.  Well my dad will be proud as I put the oil where the steering fluid goes.  In my defense I asked two people and they both said that is where it goes... it also said OIL on it.  When all was said and done we took the car to the shop and had them flush the power steering and put the right oils in the right places.  Ahhhhhh, not the way I wanted to start this long drive.  Two hours later I found myself starting my journey to Branson.

I now call this drive the beauty and the beast.  Driving through the I-70 canyon through Vail towards Denver is breath taking and then it gets really ugly after Colorado.  I have supplied a few pictures as I progressed through the drive.  

I ended up pulling over at midnight and found a motel 6 to crash at.  I slept for about 6 hours and then headed out again.

Saturday September18, 2010

Woke up and jumped back in the BMW and headed east.  I only had about 400 miles to go till I reached Branson.  I arrived with two hours to spare to check in.  I was shocked at how pretty Branson is and how much there is to see here.  It is like a mini Vegas with shows and tours everywhere.  It is really hot here and the temperature could be an issue for some people tomorrow that do not get their nutrition right.  I check in at the lake and they have said that it will be a race day decision whether or not we will be able to wear wetsuits.  That should tell you how hot the air temp is. 

Sunny loves wax museums... guess we need to come back to Branson!

I scored the BEST transition spot.  Right at the end and right beside the exit.  Maybe the rumor is out that I've done a few of these.....;)


  1. You are going to have a great time! I am sorry that I won't be there to meet ya.

  2. Great pics! Thanks for posting. I'll continue following your adventure. You'll do great!!! - Anna (your Daily Mile sister)

  3. My transition spot was only about 4 bikes down from yours, and it seriously rocked :)