Tuesday, September 23, 2014
I think I am getting too old for this...
It was a long day yesterday.
Long, as in about 850 miles. Yeah, that 2/2/2 Rule is long gone.
We were up early and ready to roll from the east side of El Paso. When we turned on the TV, the local news was telling about pounding rain and flooding in northeast El Paso... I looked out the window - it was dry. We decided to grab a quick bite and get moving. There were a few sprinkles as we put our stuff in the truck, but nothing significant; we could see it was ugly just north of us, though.
Other than some twisted metal in one of the lanes, it was an easy out from El Paso. On to west Texas. Low clouds over the mountains...
Yes, there are mountains in west Texas. We rain into a bit of rain - just enough to make ugly spots on the truck. With all the standing water, it is apparent that they have had plenty of rain. I know that same system (from Hurricane Odile) that caused flooding in Phoenix came right through here. The high desert is sure green...
No matter how grown up you think you are, see where your mind goes when this is on the horizon...
About 3 hours out of San Antonio, Joan started looking for a motel in that area. I looked at the numbers on the GPS and proposed an alternative: "The GPS says we will roll into home about 11:00 tonight, if we just push on. It will make for a long day, but it won't hurt my feelings to not spend another night in a motel."
"If you're up for it..."
The only downside: we would be rolling through San Antonio (the 8th largest city in the US) right at rush hour. We decided to try a different loop, when the electronic road sign told us there would be road congestion on the 410 Loop (our usual route). That took us on some stoplight roads and two lane, but it wasn't awful.
We aren't crazy about driving at night through the countryside, but once we were south of San Antonio, it was getting dark. We made a relatively quick stop at a Whataburger (a Texas tradition), and kept rolling.
Izzy was on her Momma's lap during the morning, but spent most of the afternoon sleeping in her carrier. She came out to sit on the pad on the center console through the evening... she kept looking around... "Are we ever going to stop driving??"
Doesn't feel like it, but we are on a mission.
We pulled up in front of our driveway at 11:10. About 15 1/2 hours of driving. Yeah, we are wiped. We tried to quietly back the trailer in and unload just what we needed. I turned on water, we pulled down the temp on the air conditioning. It was 82º and humid when we rolled in.
It will take a while to move back in and get things put away. I would say it is good to be home, but I am two time zones off my body rhythm and half asleep. Yeah, it is good to be home.