We started out near sea level at 34C and two hours later were 7,000 feet up with the air temp down to 4
Then we hit big delays in Las Vegas with the 6 lane highway slowed to a crawl by two big accidents, one involving a truck that was a burned out shell by the time we passed. Salt Lake City was just as bad and we encountered heavy traffic 50 miles from the city center. It took 1-1/2 hours just to get through the Mormon capital.
Day two started off well in southern Idaho but when we climbed into Montana and the high plateau at 6,000 feet it was snowing, heavily at times and laying on the road. Snow plows were out, doing what they could to clear the roads. It takes over 5 hours to travel through Montana but eventually we made it to the border at Coots where the fun really began.
It normally takes 6 to 12 mins to clear the border. This time it took 2-1/4 hours at an agonizingly slow pace to creep towards the check point. Something was going on, but when it was finally our turn the officer denied that there was anything to be concerned about. We knew otherwise, for at no other time were the border guards scrutinizing each and every vehicle the same way. 3 guards patrolled every vehicle and every other one was pulled aside for intense inspection. Clearly they were on high alert, but we never discovered why. Adding to the problem were idiots who drove down the shoulder and forced their way back in further down the line. At one time we got into a shouting match with one guy and the truck driver ahead moved over to try and block them. All that just added to the frustration and infuriated everyone. Tempers were rising, horns blowing and other voices raised in protest. The only consolation was seeing two of these selfish a-holes getting pulled aside for intense inspection.
We started out at 6.30 am and finally got in at 9 pm.
Holidays: Every time you take one, you need a vacation to recover.