Thanks Marc. I hope to do so. I think I'll also have more confidence next year too (since this past spring was afterall the first I even looked at anything like this)You'll figure it out James. When I started chasing in CO, I lived pretty far east in the metro area (tower/quincy), so I wasnt a challenge to get out. I started by going a few miles out, then a few miles more, then I realized I was travelling 20-30 miles away from home and it felt like a long way out. Now I live way out where I used to feel like it was far away from home and my easy chases will end at the Kansas or Nebraska state lines before I decide I've gone too far.
So yeah, you'll end up creeping further and further away from home base. Its inevitable. In any case, have fun and don't stress about distances/time. Just remember if you chase in Colorado, you're always chasing away from your house, no matter in you live in Denver or Strasburg or way out in Burlington.
In my case, I'm right near the mountains (far enough to be outside city-limits). At some point in the summer I figured out that the weather app I use could give a 'distance to storm' ... The ones I checked were all well over 100 miles away (a couple being over 200 miles) - just way too far for me.
It might be that I have to earlier in the day find a park or something to go to, closer to where storms are predicted, rather than waiting for storms to be truly fired up and then saying 'is there any chance I can even get to one'...
I'm sure what you said about creeping further and further away from the home base as time goes on is true.