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Mental Health Charity Lyft Drive Day 13: 840 Miles Denver to Salt Lake City

Mental Health Charity Lyft Drive Day 12: 840 Miles Denver to Salt Lake City

My day started about 20 miles outside of Denver. It was going to be another long day since I needed to get an oil change (I was already 2000 miles overdue from the recommended 3k miles for an oil change) and I also wanted to go to the top rated restaurant on Yelp (Pho 95). Since I woke up around 8am, I turned on my app to get my ride in Denver. I got a ping within a few minutes from a few miles away. It was a trip into downtown. She had told me about the HOV lane that goes directly into downtown and it usually cuts through a lot of traffic, but traffic was very light today. The radio station even noted lighter than usual traffic probably because it was a day after 4th of July.

For the second time during this road trip, I got a back to back ride. The pickup was about 1/2 mile away and I was driving her a few blocks to her hotel. It was a fairly short ride but it paid out pretty well.

After the two trips downtown, I made my way to Pho 95. I stopped off at the Autozone up the block to get new windshield wipers and it took me a few minutes to change it over. I got to Pho 95 right when they open and there were already a person there. I ordered the Filet Mignon Pho, which was pretty good. The flavor was very good. It was flavorful with a hint of sweetness that I haven’t had before. Overall, it was a very good bowl of Pho but not much better than what I have had elsewhere. It definitely isn’t something someone should travel for, but should definitely try if they are in town.

After eating breakfast, I headed south to a Hyundai dealership that was able to fit my oil change into their day. I called three other dealerships around Denver and they all said they couldn’t fit me into their schedules today. It wasn’t as cheap as my first oil change but it was still very reasonable at $30. I also had them rotate my tires since it was about 15k miles since the last time I had them rotated. The staff also noted how dirty my air filters were so I went to two different auto stores nearby to get the right filters for less than half the cost at the dealership. Once I got it squared away, I headed south to Colorado Springs.

About 10 miles from downtown Colorado springs, I got a ping from about 10 miles away. You can see how far I went from accepting the trip to pickup. He was only going about a mile around the block. He says he usually has to wait 15 minutes for the car to arrive, which means there are very few drivers out there and less willing to accept his trip. I took a bullet for a driver for sure, but it also saved me from driving another 10 miles towards downtown.

On my way north towards Salt Lake City, I got another ping from him, which I ignored. I turned off the app and focused on getting to Salt Lake City. I took the northern route to Salt Lake City and it was pretty scenic. Most of the online comments suggested taking I70 because it is a slightly more scenic than the northern route.

Salt Lake City is made up of a few different cities. I drove through Kimball Junction and got a ping, but I was already well on my way into downtown Salt Lake City so I ignored the ping. I got a ping shortly before getting off the highway near downtown Salt Lake City. I picked up a couple that was on a short layover in Salt Lake City and were heading back to the airport. Luckily, they didn’t have any luggage so it was an easy trip to the airport since I didn’t have any room in my trunk. I dropped them off at the departures level and then headed south towards Las Vegas.

The drive from Salt Lake City and Las Vegas was 8 hours and I drove as much as I could before I had to pull over to sleep. I stopped around 1am and slept at a rest stop.

How Can You Help?

I have set up a GoFundMe campaign to raise additional money for charity. It will be running for the next few months. Below is the link to the campaign:

GoFundMe Rideshare Dashboard Mental Health Drive

Even a dollar will go a long way so give what you can and it will be deeply appreciated!

You can also help by emailing ridesharedashboard at gmail.com with travel advice, what to see in each of the below cities and your best food recommendations. I have traveled extensively abroad, but I will be visiting many of these states for the first time.

Want to Know Where I am now?

I will continue to post regular updates of my trip on my Facebook Page and my Twitter feed so look there to keep track of where I am! I usually move through 4-6 cities a day so I’m definitely a moving target.

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