I did the first 1,300 miles over the 4th of July holiday weekend. It was nice getting the long haul out of the way. I spent a night in Iowa and a night in Nebraska - places I would normally cruise right through. Interstate 80 through these states is flat, isolated and not rich in scenery - mostly farms and grassland. I pulled over to enjoy some places in the heart of America and enjoyed the opportunity to slow down and enjoy the journey. Arriving in Denver is always nice, greeted by old friends, family and, of course, my beloved Rocky Mountains.