Road Tripping

August 15, 2011

I’m currently sitting on the rooftop plaza of the Marriott Residence Inn in downtown Montreal. We scored a $200 room here for $100 on Priceline (thanks William Shatner!); after camping and sleeping on couches and blow-up mattresses for the past two weeks, having our very own hotel room is soooo luxurious.

Since the rabid bat landed on me in Boulder, Colorado, on August 6th, we’ve driven through Wyoming, Nebraska, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois, Michigan, into Canada to Toronto, and then to Montreal.

In Wyoming we pulled over and laid down in the middle of empty roads that stretched for silent miles in either direction. In South Dakota we saw the alien moonscapes of the Badlands National Park. In Iowa we stayed in a town of 400 people that was four blocks wide by seven blocks across, surrounded by corn fields on all sides. In Illinois we rode bikes along the edge of the massive and tropically-colored Lake Michigan, unable to see land on the other side. In Michigan we slept in a thickly wooded campground with billions of mosquitos, the insects outside vibrating the walls of our tent. In Toronto we took Tron-like cab rides through downtown and watched the crazy light show of the CN Tower. In Montreal we drove through rain and lightning and, map-less and GPS-less, finally found our hotel with the help of some friendly French-speaking Canadians.

I’ll post detailed entries with photos for each of our stops. More soon!

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One Response to “Road Tripping”

  1. Robert Wilkinson said

    I came across your post re: contact with a rabid bat in Boulder, CO. Although I see your post is almost a year old, I felt I should Respond, as from the tone of your post it seemed you did not recognize the posiible seriousness of your bat encounter! There were 17 bats that tested positive for rabies in Boulder County last year. The behavior of the bat you described sounds indicative of how a bat would be behaving if rabid… Although the amount of time that has passed may indicate you were not exposed to the disease, the variable incubation period, leaves open the possibility you were exposed, but have not yet developed the disease. As rabies is almost always fatal, and would be a very tortured way to die, i recommend you contact your doctor or local health department immediately and tell them your story! See also the link in the next post!

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