Day 10 and on the road

Okay just as the title suggests, I’m on the road and I really haven’t been on the road, literally on the road driving long distance in several years.  I think the last time was 2010 and let me tell you I really, really hate driving especially the route that I was driving today.  However things were a little bit different, it turns out that all of the construction that I had to go through the last time I traveled on the same route has finally changed and it turns out that most of the highway has been fixed and is nice and relatively new, relative because I’m not sure when the work was completed.

So woke up and hit the snooze alarm once and then ended up turning off the alarm.  I got up thinking a quick shower and then I would be on my way because I did most of my packing the night before…..  WRONG!   Just as I was getting ready I realized that I had to wash my hair which is no easy task because I have a whole lot of hair and it is about mid breast level and believe me when I say that it is no easy feat to wash my hair.  Once that was done I then had to go about putting all of the stuff in it before I wrapped it up wet in a clip and started gathering stuff for my trip.

I had been dreading the whole drive for the last few days but my mechanic told me that I should put more miles on my truck which is nearly 20 years old so I double checked with him and although he said he could not predict what could go wrong he said as far as he could see everything should be good to go.  So go I did and I added a quick 275 miles on my truck bringing it closer and closer to 200,000 miles but still got a way to go.

So I’m ready to head out and it is about noon so I stop by a local fast food restaurant and grab a burger/fries and a drink.  I ate the burger right away because I was really hungry but only had about 7 of the fries and of course had all of the diet drink.  I don’t like to drink water too much while driving because for some reason it really makes me go more frequently.

The drive was enjoyable except for the last 50 miles when I hit traffic and rain, I hate driving in the rain.  So stressed out from that part and got in to my brother’s house which meant that I had to go to the back door and use my key to get in meaning I had to try to avoid walking through a small patch of mud.  I only worry about the mud because my brother has a light colored carpet and I didn’t want muddy footprints all over.  Unloaded my truck and then headed off to the Senior Assisted living facility where my friend is.

After a few minutes I went in to see her, don’t know what I expected to see but I was kind of shocked to see her so weak.  I have always seen her so spry and active and although I know that the bronchitis took its toll on her I still was a tad bit shocked.  What really made me smile was that she was still sharp and quick witted which made me smile and feel good.  How is it that I came to see her and hope to make her laugh when she turned it around and made me feel good.  I really love that woman.

Then we went out and had tacos and a few chips for dinner.

So I don’t know what the carb count was but I would pretty much guess that no matter what it was, it put me over the 100 gram count.  That is one of the problems with being on the road, you really can’t plan for doing something or at least I can’t plan.  Oh sure I try to do something good but most of the time I don’t follow through on eating good while on the road so it will be an ahh forget about it type of day.

GOOD:  visited with sick friend, enjoyed my family’s company.  Having a good day even though I was driving long distance.

BAD:  What I ate and not eating very well.  Short broken sleeping.  Driving long distance.

Well I’m sort of mixed up in the head right now because I’m tired due to a lack uninterrupted sleep, one of these days I will sleep 8 hours but usually I only get that when I’m sick.  Oh yeah, well got caught in the rain when my made my pit stop…you know bladder run.  So was wet then and then the cold of the rain sunk in, got rained on going into the senior living facility and going in and out of a store all still staying a bit wet and with of course no jacket.  But I’m not going to buy a jacket because I have about 10-12 jackets that are all hanging up in my closet back home.  See how smart I am by remembering to grab one.

I used to enjoy driving and being on the road but when I started making really long distance trips that were 968 miles and it took about 18 hours or sometimes longer to make and I used to do it usually once or twice a year, I got burned out.  So I’m not keen on driving because of those really long road trips.  Most of all what really bugged me was the fact that my dogs used to always say that they would take their turn driving but would they do that…..NO!  Those lazy dogs, Catcher and Slider would always promise to help driving but in the long run they would just lay down on the back seat and go to sleep.

Wow, now that I think about it, this is the first trip that I’ve made by myself in 17 years.  Kinda missing my co-pilots but I guess they are with me in spirit too bad their spirit couldn’t share the driving.  I miss my girls and I’ll miss my friends, shedding hair, dog slobber and their love they gave me.


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