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Day 10 - Thursday, July 19, 2007
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On yesterday's page I wrote:
Tomorrow we'll visit Cheyenne, WY to take a pix of the capitol, drive to Denver to take a pix of the Colorado Capitol, eat lunch with one of Pat's Grandsons, drive to Colorado Springs, visit Garden of the Gods and, finally, *puff*, *puff*, drive to the top of Pikes Peak. Gonna be a busy day.
Today we got all that done except for Garden of the Gods and Pikes Peak.

Pat's grandson Drew got off early from work so we spent almost three hours with him having a very leisurely lunch. He's a web page designer. If he ever looks at this web site he'll probably die laughing.

Tonight we're camped in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Tomorrow, if it doesn't rain, and it might, we gonna visit Garden of the Gods and Pikes Peak.

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Click on a pix for a larger view
The Colorado state capitol is hidden in this pic. Can you find it? There it is. Good looking building. Love the flag. The buffalo is the state mascot of Wyoming. It's even on their state flag. See the flag at the top of this page. Here's a sign for June. Cloudy skies.
The Colorado capitol building in Denver. Looks a little similar to the Wyoming capitol, doesn't it? Pic by Pat. This unusual sculpture is in downtown Denver. Shot out the truck window while waiting on a red light :)
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Drive Time:
Begin: 8:00amam
End: 7:00pm
Net (includes stops): 12 hrs, 0 mins
Trip Mileage:
Begin odometer: 35,891
End odometer: 36,158
Net miles today: 267
Average MPH: 26.7
Total trip miles: 3,233

Gas Mileage:
Average MPG to date: 14.9

Expenses:
Gasoline: $56.00
     Price: $2.899/gal
     Bought in: Cheyenne, WY
Food, ice, etc.: $14.00
Lodging: $0.00
Other: $0.00
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Some more probably true, random facts from Leo in NJ:

Alaska
More than half of the coastline of the entire United States is in Alaska.

Amazon
The Amazon rainforest produces more than 20% the world's oxygen supply. The Amazon River pushes so much water into the Atlantic Ocean that, more than one hundred miles at sea off the mouth of the river, one can dip fresh water out of the ocean.

The volume of water in the Amazon river is greater than the next eight largest rivers in the world combined and three times the flow of all rivers in the United States.

Antarctica
Antarctica is the only land on our planet that is not owned by any country.

Ninety percent of the world's ice covers Antarctica. This ice also represents seventy percent of all the fresh water in the world. As strange as it sounds, however, Antarctica is essentially a desert. The average yearly total precipitation is about two inches. Although covered with ice (all but 0.4% of it, i.e.), Antarctica is the driest place on the planet, with an absolute humidity lower than the Gobi desert. [I still don't want to live there :]

Brazil
Brazil got its name from the nut, not the other way around.

Canada
Canada has more lakes than the rest of the world combined. Canada is an Indian word meaning "Big Village."

Chicago
Next to Warsaw, Chicago has the largest Polish population in the world.

Detroit
Woodward Avenue in Detroit, Michigan, carries the designation M-1, named so because it was the first paved road anywhere.

Damascus, Syria
This city was flourishing a couple of thousand years before Rome was founded, making it the oldest continuously inhabited city in existence.

Istanbul, Turkey
This is the only city in the world located on two continents.

Los Angeles
Los Angeles's full name is El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Angeles de Porciuncula - and can be abbreviated to 3.63% of its size: L.A.

New York City
The term "The Big Apple" was coined by touring jazz musicians of the 1930's who used the slang expression "apple" for any town or city. Therefore, to play New York City is to play the big time - The Big Apple.

There are more Irish in New York City than in Dublin, Ireland; more Italians in New York City than in Rome, Italy; and more Jews in New York City than in Tel Aviv, Israel.

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From ExTexasRedhead in CA:

Two blind pilots wearing dark glasses board a plane. One is using a guide dog and the other is tapping his way along the aisle with a cane.

Nervous laughter spreads through the cabin, but the men enter the cockpit, the door closes and the engines start up. The passengers begin glancing nervously around, searching for some sign that this is just a little practical joke. None is forthcoming.

The plane moves faster and faster down the runway and the people sitting in the window seats realize they’re headed straight for the water at the edge of the airport. As it begins to look as though the plane will plow into the water, panicked screams fill the cabin.

At that moment, the plane lifts smoothly into the air. The passengers relax and laugh a little sheepishly and soon all retreat into their magazines, secure in the knowledge that the plane is in good hands.

In the cockpit, one of the blind pilots turns to the other and says, "Ya know, Bob, one of these days, they’re gonna scream too late and we’re all gonna die."

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