Tuesday, April 03, 2012
WITH A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK….WE WILL BE HOME WEDNESDAY
I ALWAYS NOTICE THE NICE LANDSCAPING AT ‘CRACKER BARREL’
We were parked only a matter of yards from large kitchen exhaust fans at a Cracker Barrel east of St. Louis Monday night. Those fans ran steady & lulled me to sleep. Guess it would explain why I dreamed of food all night.
FOGGY SUNRISE THROUGH A BUG SPLATTERED WINDSHIELD
Because we had done St Louis Missouri the night before we did not have to get up as early. Slept in till 4:45 & rolled out of the parking lot & onto eastbound I-70 at 6 a.m. How nice to have have all that humidity out of the air as we comfortably slid into cooler temps.
PHEEBS LOVES THE PIT STOPS BEST
We were up & on the road too early for breakfast at the St. Louis Cracker Barrel so to sooth our guilty feelings we stopped for breakfast at the Terra Haute Cracker Barrel west of Indianapolis. Think this was only the second time this whole winter that we ate at Cracker Barrel. Grabbed me a few Spring photos outside their door.
SIGNS OF SPRING AT CRACKER BARREL
I was relieved to find out the majority of construction was finally completed on the Indianapolis northwest by-pass. It has been closed for 3 or 4 years. We managed to slip around Indy with a minimum of trouble. Garmin Gertie (GPS) did win another argument with me though when we differed on direction of travel…...again!!
KELLY REVELS IN THE SOFT FEELING OF THICK GROWING GRASS
Had it in the back of my mind we could maybe make Lansing Michigan today. And, that is where this post is coming from tonight. We are in a Lowe’s Parking lot & it’s relatively quiet. Maybe I will dream of hammer’s & saws instead of food tonight.
JUST GOTTA LOVE THESE NORTHERN FORESTS
With today’s nearly 500 miles we are now within striking distance of being home Wednesday. Just 190 miles to go. Why the hurry? Well, there are several reasons actually, with one of them being tornados. It’s that time of year across the Midwest & the weather can turn on a dime at any time. Monday’s severe & unusual humidity had me worried. If we have good weather ahead I like to take advantage of that. Several years ago we sat out bad weather for a couple days alongside a lake down in Texas. Another time we ran into a bad storm in Hope Arkansas with tornado warnings south of us. As I’m typing this tonight I see on the news where the Dallas/Fort Worth area has just been struck. We sometimes travel just north of there.
There are other reasons for skipping along home too. We put no limitations on our travel days. We have no mileage limits or a damper on our hours of travel. No reservations to be anywhere. We play each day as it comes. If we have a good tail wind, roads are bare & dry, traffic is behaving itself & the rigs running good then I see no reason to pull in somewhere & spend the majority of the day sitting around watching television, reading a book or chit chatting with strangers. We also have a very precious cargo on board that I wanted to get home as soon as possible.
Plus the fact, whether day or night, I have always been, & still am, one of those people who just likes to get behind the wheel & drive. Just as enjoyable & exciting for me now at 68 as it was when I was 15 sneaking my Step-Dad’s car out of the garage for a spin now & again.
I sometimes refer to our drives between Ontario & the American Southwest as being grueling. Well, yes it certainly is grueling at times but overall I find it all part of the exciting Snow Bird lifestyle we live. It’s that daily boring house routine stuff I have big trouble with. Would I like to be a truck driver? No…..can’t imagine that at all.
WE HAVE JUST ABOUT ENOUGH BUGS ON THE RIG NOW TO THICKEN TOMORROW’S SOUP:))
Shout out to the folks from MORIARITY New Mexico. I do remember seeing the road sign for Moriarity as we were eastbound the other morning. And to LYNDA & BOB who waved to us on I-40 near Amarillo Texas a couple days ago. Yes, we saw you wildly waving & I did return some rather wild waves myself:)) Thanks for the recognition guys & safe travels on your journey across America.
And a note about why we didn’t run our roof air Monday. Just a few days ago with the generator running we turned our space heater on for 20 minutes & it blew our hard to find reset button knocking out critical systems such as our refrigerator. Not being too technically minded we did not want to turn on the A/C & run the risk of having our power go out again. With my luck that reset button wouldn’t reset…..and we couldn’t take the chance of our freezer defrosting!!.
Kelly phoned our Vet today to say we will be bringing the little Motormouse in tomorrow. The Vet in Zurich Ontario is right on our way home & it is the same Vet who made all the final arrangements for both Checkers & Max right from having them euthanized last April to the cremation process at an out of town facility. Motor’s ashes will be placed in the same kind of nice Cedar Box as her two big Pals, Max & Checkers. ‘Motormouse’ will be engraved on the top & we can pick her up next week & bring her home for the last time. She will take her place alongside Checkers & Max. And, in the Fall we will all be aboard traveling as a Bunch again.
It is going to be a sad stop at the Vet’s carrying the little Motor in but on a happier note….this is the same Vet who phoned last August saying he knew of a dog needing a new home that we might be interested in. We were…..and now we have the Pheebs. And oh, what a Pheebs she is too:))))))))))))))))))))))
PHEEBS IS GOING TO LOVE GETTING HOME & BACK INTO THE PINE FOREST AGAIN
GROANER’S CORNER:(( Last week, Vicky, a distraught wife went to the local police station in Wigan, Lancashire, along with her next-door neighbour, Pauline, to report that her husband was missing.
The policeman asked for a description of the missing man.
Vicky described him clearly and in detail, 'He is 35 years old, 6ft 4inches, has dark eyes, dark wavy hair, an athletic build, weighs 185 pounds, is softly-spoken and is fabulous with the children.
Pauline interrupts her protesting, 'Why Vicky, your husband is 5 ft 8 inches, corpulent, bald, has a big mouth, and is horrid to your children.
Vicky replied, with a sigh, 'Yes, but who wants HIM back?'
- Tourists see the world, travelers experience it.
- Home is where your pet is:))
- The only thing better than right now will someday be the memories of right now...AL.
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Ahhh so nice to see the green grass of the Midwest in your photos... we arent quite that green up here yet in N. wisconsin... but it's a coming!ReplyDelete
Hope you make it home safe and sound and have time to yourselves to grieve and rest....
Great hearing from you...So wonderful you will be home tomorrow....I been thinking of you every day...Maybe I can relax now that your safe and sound....ReplyDelete
So that is what green grass looks like,,,one forgets that around here...
Now you can sit back and RELAX!!!!
I think you really have the best of both worlds you love - the desert and the green lush north, You'll enjoy Ontario for a while, and then get hitch itch to start out for Arizona. What a life!ReplyDelete
....and how lucky you are to have Pheebs...Good things come from bad things...that's how I see it...Safe travels, dear friends...ReplyDelete
The horses are almost home, good job guys! Good luck at the border!ReplyDelete
the rig has met with a few bugs along the way!..almost home Bayfield Bunch..almost home..the lights are on..and the coffee is hot and ready at Tim Horton's!..Drive safely those last 200 miles!!ReplyDelete
Safe home. You've been in my thoughts the entire length of the trip.ReplyDelete
Safe travels as you cross back into Canada! It sounds like your vet is a gem! Hoping the signs of Spring brighten a difficult day.ReplyDelete
So sorry that both you and i did not have the time to chat in Terre Haute. It is so close to us, but with John in Intensive Care and you in a rush, not possible at all. When you did the Indy 465 thing, you were within five minutes of the hospital John is in.ReplyDelete
My thoughts are with you on your final leg of the journey. Hugs to you both.
Still had watery eyes getting through your blog.It must be comforting to you to have the relationship you do with your vet.ReplyDelete
I recognize Cracker Barrel by the rocking chairs too.
Glad you are almost home.
Almost home. A good thing. And I'm glad to know that your vet will be waiting for you and the Motormouse. Give Pheebs a special hug for me tonight, please.ReplyDelete
With all that lush green, forests and flowers no wonder your unit is smathered in bugs. I actually like their affect in the sunrise shot.ReplyDelete
Take er easy on this last home stretch.
Oh Home Sweet Home just a few short miles away, your home will be happy to have you back! Knowing your Vet will be ready and waiting for little Motormouse will make that stop a little easier.ReplyDelete
Good luck with the border, hope the trip to the vet is not too painful for you. If Pheebs is like our three dogs she will soo excited when you get home.ReplyDelete
I am way behind reading and posting. So sorry to hear about Motormouse -- glad you missed all the yucky weather and are almost home -- your North home. You do have the best of both worlds -- a home in the SW for the winter months and a home in CN for the summer months! Drive safe & God bless!ReplyDelete
You sure made good time, but you had a very good reason to get there. You will pass us today in Davison Michigan and be home a a before us. You did in 5 days what took us six weeks to do.ReplyDelete
We hope you're close to home by this time! Safe and Sound!ReplyDelete
Thank you for the greenery photos, I needed a "green fix"! :)
I don't blame you for wanting to get past all of those places with horrible tornadoes this time of the year!
I waited until I thought I could write without shedding a tear, but here they go again. So very sorry about Motor.... but I am so glad that her home was and will forever be with you both. What a wonderful life she had, and how loved by people near and far. As long as they stay in our hearts they never really leave us.ReplyDelete
Wonder if the vet will have another surprise when you stop?ReplyDelete
Like another Pheebs case ?
Take care and travel safe
Glad you are on the short end of the trip now. I was curious as how you know you can stay in the Lowe's parking lots? We just got our Class A and have only taken one trip in it and have not "boondocked" yet. I know there are lots of Walmarts that allow it, just had never heard of Lowes. This is a learning experience for me. Love to read blogs and soak up all the info.ReplyDelete