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Sleeping on the Highway!

There was a bed in the middle of the road. I couldn’t believe it! It was 2 AM in the morning, pitch black, and there it was. An old bed on Highway 70. Of course, it was totally unexpected and even though I slammed on the brakes, I hit this bed right smack in the middle. Even with my stereo blaring out the Queens “Fat Bottom Girls”, I’m sure they could hear my curses all the way through the Arapaho National Forest. By the time I brought my 1999 Mondeo to a halt, there were bits of the bed spread across the highway and stuck underneath the car. Great!

The lead up to this situation started about a week ago. I work as a security guard and I had picked up a job in Salt Lake City. It was going to be a month of security work looking after some construction site and accommodation was included. I lived in Denver but it’s only about an eight-hour drive, some 530 miles, all along the highway 70, and really not all that difficult to do.

I’d taken off pretty late night from my parents’ home hoping to be able to complete the drive during the evening. I was somewhere between the towns of Rifle and Palisade, so about half way. There hadn’t been a lot of traffic and I was not all that confident of anybody coming past to give me a hand. I got out of the car to inspect the damage. The driver-side headlight was gone, the front grill was a little bent in, but, fortunately, no damage to the radiator. Apart from the bits of bed all over the road about 100 yards back some of the steel frame and coil springs were jammed underneath the car.

I got back in the car and moved it backwards but I could hear bits of bed still moving around with the car. Still cursing, I got back out of the car and looked underneath but really couldn’t see anything. A lonely highway in the middle of the night and no lights, nothing to see. Just then I could hear another car coming. I was in luck.

It looked like daylight driving along the road as what was obviously an off-road type of vehicle came thundering along the highway. As well as its standard headlights it had a full row of what looked like an LED Light Bar along the front and another set of LED lights mounted on the top of the vehicle. The road in front of the car was bright enough to play a game of football. With so much light, we were able to see and dislodge the bedframe which must have dropped off the back of a pick-up, perhaps while it was moving furniture.

It was all done in a few minutes. The guy jumped back into his Wrangler, switched on the roof mounted LED light bar and disappeared into the night. I could see him for at least 3 miles before he went around a bend. Awesome lights!

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Best Travel Destinations to Check Out in 2016!

Best Travel Destinations to Check Out in 2016The world is full of fascinating places to visit, to take in the sights, and culture, the smells, sounds, and interesting things to do. Here’s a list of 5 best travel destinations to check out in 2016:

  1. Saint-Petersburg, Russia.

St. Petersburg is filled with beautiful colours. It also has a vibrant underground art and music scene that is worth exploring. It has palaces and cathedrals, which when you visit, feel like you’re stepping back in time. You can see history and culture in the Hermitage, Egyptian mummies, to Picassos. You can see ballet and opera at the Mariinsky Theatre. There are many canals to view, with 342 bridges, which can make St. Petersburg reminiscent of Venice. During the summer, the sky stays light, and they’re known as ‘white nights’.

  1. Ubud, Indonesia.

Ubud is a place of wonderful culture. In Indonesia you’ll find many dancers and musicians, playing the gamelan and dancers dancing the Legong and the Tek Tok. You’ll see museums, works of art. There are green sloping hills covered in rice-fields. Beautiful rivers. You’ll find a wealth of places where you can eat-out amazing food, and shop if you should wish to do so. There are the King’s tombs at Gunung Kawi temple that are worth a visit. Lots of Hindu temples exist, that you can explore. There’s Goa Gajah, which is also known as Elephant Cave which can be found in a steep valley nearby.

  1. Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Buenos Aires has a very European atmosphere. The subway in Buenos Aires, known as Subte, has its walls covered with some amazing art-work that is very impressive. It has a rich culture, every weekend there is a choice of over 300 theatrical plays that one can choose from. It has an opera house; a world-famous zoo and botanical gardens. There are many museums and art galleries, and if you should attend during the ‘La Noche de Las Museos’ The night of the Museums this is where museums and art galleries open their doors for the night, free of entry for people to attend, this is usually in November.

  1. Rome, Italy.

Everyone should go to Rome at least once in their life-time. There are so many famous tourist attractions packed into Rome, and it is possible to visit most of them in one day by foot if you plan your route and itinerary carefully. Rome is made up of lots of beautiful squares, known as piazzas, they’re beautiful and have a cosmopolitan feel, with vibrant street performers and artists. When in Rome, you must see: the beautiful Trevi fountain, is a real highlight; of course the Coliseum is another must-see; Vatican City is worth a visit, and you’ll see the Vatican Guards in their green and yellow distinctive uniforms stood outside; St. Peter’s Basilica. Everywhere you go you’ll see beautifully decorated intricate ceilings, floors and statues.

  1. Cuba, North America.

Cuba has beautiful white sandy beaches. It has the vibrant capital city Havana, with Havana Cathedral. The Cuban music is so vibrant and lively, it’s impossible to listen without it making you want to dance, it mixes styles of salsa, rumba and mambo. Cuban art-work is very bright and colourful, including the very distinctive art-work of Alfredo Sosabravo. The cuisine in Cuba is a mixture of Spanish and Caribbean.

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