I got off to a late start this morning because I got home so late last night from work and then I decided to watch part 2 of HP7. I built a big a fire and enjoyed my first night of vacation. Balt did not let me sleep in this morning and I got hi out to the dog park before getting on the road to make sure he got business done. It was 15 degrees when I left. As I drove west, it kept getting warmer and warmer. I drove 692 miles, stopped for gas 3 times and stopped at 3 different rest stops and each time I stopped, the temperature was higher! I signed up for Amazon's audible and listened to The Poisonwood Bible on my phone most of the way. It certainly makes the drive so much more exciting! I ended up in North Platte at a La Quinta I've stayed at several times. I failed to get a reservation, so I ended up with their last room, a king size suite that is a little more luxury than I'm used to, but I'm on vacation! Balt and I enjoyed an amazing evening walk around the hotel that felt like a summer.