The dynamic duo hit the road haggard, hung over, and a little late on Day 5. After a quick stop at the SSV Sniagrab to say hello to EJ and crew, they said their goodbyes to KC and the Rome SDS, and then scored a ride with a random kid who took them over the Continental Divide into to Frisco, Colorado. Good old Summit County. At about this point Casey decided it was time to knock off another one of the highly important special tasks, so the boys headed over to Purple Lotus Tattoos and got ready to get some ink. Casey sat down with local tattooist Guapo and promptly got Colorado’s state abbreviation CO tattooed on his bicep.
After hanging at Purple Lotus, the boys headed back out on the road where they met another traveler named “Lint" who was walking from Washington to Mexico. Instead of hopping the train to Grand Junction as was the plan, Casey and Joel decided to hang out and spend the night with Lint drinking beers and exchanging road stories with a fellow vagabond.
Day 6 started early and the vagrants knew they needed to make up time. They scored a ride with a local to the top of Vail pass, where they hung out looking to grab another long-haul ride. After about an hour they hit the jackpot again—a kid named Alex was driving by and heading to all the way to Vegas. The boys piled in and were cruising the Vegas strip by 10 pm. Their last check in from Day 6 had them at the infamous Rome Vegas hangout, “The Hot Dog and Heineken Bar"—a local bar on Flamingo that served Rome dinner every night at Vegas back in 2001 for $1.50.
Check back tomorrow for more updates on Casey and Joel’s Thumbball Rally to get to Rome’s Run For The Border Any Means TJ premier—a mere 332 miles away. They have traveled 2,695 miles so far and only have two challenges to finish: hopping a train and crashing a frat party. Stayed tuned to www.romesnowboards,com for more photos and video.