And here we are on the “road again, goin’ places that I’ve never been, seein’ things that I may never see again”. Just picture me sitting next to you singing this Willie Nelson song!
Before we left this morning Mike visited a local high school track by way of a trail along the big lake. Despite 40 degree temperatures and a drizzling rain, he was out there determined to prepare himself for the ultimate race, the pinnacle of this trip – the PreFontaine Memorial 10 K on Saturday. Yep, we drove over 3000 miles to run 6 miles…its completely normal!
We also worked through an unexpected small situation at home to start the day. Kristyn spent a few hours in the ER, diagnosed with appendicitis! Not good when your Mom is thousands of miles away! Luckily I have an amazing friend who stepped in and "played" Mom. After an evaluation by a surgeon, it was felt we could try antibiotics and maybe avoid surgery! Whew! Her appendix just had to act up after 21 years while we are on a once-in-a-lifetime trip!
We will be on the road the next 3 days, but I have faith that I will love this part of the drive because now the scenery is really becoming something to see. I’m still struggling with my driver, however, given that he is focused on getting from point A to point B, passing all sorts of photo ops and interesting sights, such as the state penitentiary in Wyoming and historical landmarks! He claims my choices are not all that great…so stayed tuned to what he labels as great (so far he has suggested a beautiful waterfall…we haven’t even passed a waterfall or know of one coming up!).
We have started to see some gorgeous mountains and majestic rock structures. The trees are scattered all over the mountains and are the darkest of green. We left Wyoming later this afternoon and entered Utah which is spectacular so far! The drive has taken us through pretty desolate areas so, again, we find ourselves in treatless. But then…we came upon “Little America” which offers “upscale” hotel accommodations, a playground, diesel gas, a “hot grill”, souvenirs AND a $0.75 ice cream cone! Say no more! This is where we took a little stretch, a break from driving and enjoyed our treat! Marley also manipulated Mike into helping him enjoy the ice cream.
So far, we have been blessed with no road causalities until today and it happened! The storage container for our dump hose broke on one side and was dragging behind us on the road as our red waste hose flung out into the road! We were oblivious to the loss of our hose or to the large white storage unit dragging loudly behind the rig…until a nice driver flashed his lights and informed us of what was happening. Then, he pulled over when we pulled over! I screamed “Don’t get out of the RV, Mike! It could be a set-up…who tells you about the loss of your waste hose then pulls over to help?? It’s not like we have a flat tire. It’s a serial killer – he’s going to take your life, kidnap me and make Marley into soup. Just don’t get out!” Mike did not heed my warning! We are still alive and now minus a waste hose and storage container for said waste hose.
According to Mike, we are staying at a rest area (yes, once again) with beautiful views and I’m “gonna love it!” Sometimes I wonder if he really pays attention to who he is married to.
We have arrived at our scenic rest area and likely I am unable to adequately appreciate the beauty of this particular rest stop because its dark, so I am just going to enjoy the homemade chicken noodle soup that has been simmering in the crock pot. I’m sure the majestic beauty of this rest stop will be all too clear in the morning in the light of day!