Papa Dave's United States trip in 2010.
Are you starting to notice long straight stretches of highway yet? I seem to recall some serious straightaways in the southwest....maybe Nevada?
Only 8000 ft? Better start breathing exercises before you head into the Rockies. I skied at 12,000 ft. and looked up at the peaks. But definitely higher than anything in the East. I think Mt. Washington is 6,000 ft.