We arrived at the Motel 6 in Baker City some time after 6 am. As I mentioned in the first night post, This was about 9-10 hours after we expected to arrive. As a result, we waited until the last minute to check out of our Motel room and continue our Salt Lake City Road Trip. So at about 11am we hit the road. The plan was to drive a couple hours and stop for breakfast at Goldy’s Breakfast Bistro in Boise. The Monster further delayed our breakfast.
The Bug and The Monster are generally the absolute best car passengers in the world. They snuggle up in the back seat and literally do not make a peep. Normally they are so quiet that you forget that the puppies are even in the car. This was not the case on day 2. They really should make alarm clocks that have the sound of a dog throwing up as the alarm. That sounds literally instills the fear of god into every dog owner. About 45 minutes into our day two driving we hear that unmistakable sound. At this point there isn’t much we can do. Link (the Monster) threw up his breakfast all over the car. We stopped at the next gas station to take care of things.
In the 2-3 minutes it took us to get to a gas station it became extremely cold, windy, and started to pour. I took care of the car while Stephanie took care of the Monster. About 15 minutes later we were back on the road. As soon as we got to boise link throws up again. This time I took care of the car and the dogs while Stephanie went to order our breakfast.
We finished off the early afternoon in Boise. We didn’t want to start another long stretch of driving without giving the Monster some time for his stomach to settle. The rain stopped for a bit so we took them for a walk and decided to stop at The STIL and get some ice cream. After about an hour, the Monster seemed to be doing alright so we continued driving to Salt Lake City. Unfortunately our lucky didn’t change. Link’s bad tummy did not stop and he threw up about once every hour until we got to Salt Lake. This led to a bunch of stop and start driving and the rest of the drive taking a lot longer than expected.
During the time we were driving we started listening to a new podcast Limetown (well new for us). This podcast is really freaking cool. It is a fictional story that is told from the point of view of a investigative journalist who is investigating the mystery surrounding Limetown. Limetown, a scientific community which existed 10 years prior, issued an emergency services call and by the time authorities got into the complex everyone mysteriously disappeared. Despite being hot news at the time it happened, everyone eventually forgot about Limetown. The podcast is her following the cold trail as she uncovers the mysteries surrounding Limetown. If you like sci-fi, mysteries, or thrillers this podcast is for you. From production to writing and acting Limetown is a fantastic podcast. This is what I would imagine old school radio programs were like.
As evening hit, the exhaustion really started to kick in. I drove the entire first night and the first 5-6 hours of stop and go driving on the second day. At that point i could not keep my eyes open. Stephanie absolutely need to take over driving duties. Unfortunately, the weather quickly got stormy and driving to extremely difficult. The combination of the wet roads and lights shining on them made it impossible to see the lane dividers. Stephanie had the stressful job of trying to use the general locations of the cars around us to keep us in the lane. It was not an enviable position. Luckily Stephanie is an excellent drive and was able to get to Salt Lake City safely.
As it was already around 8pm and because link was not feeling well we decided to stay in our hotel for night to rest and keep an eye on the Monster.
Day 2 of the Salt Lake City Road Trip was an unmitigated disaster. Between a sick puppy, exhaustion, and bad weather it was an extremely tough day. However, we found an amazing new podcast and as always my wife is a super amazing person. So despite being a disaster It was a good day.