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Third time is a charm?

We established on this trip that this is Kevin’s third trip across the US into Oregon.  His first trip was from Rhode Island to Oregon and took him 3 days- his second trip was from Chicago, IL to Oregon and took him 2 1/2 days – and this, his third East to West Coast trip will take 6 days!!  He says that he NEVER wants to see Nebraska, Wyoming or Idaho from a car again (and I don’t blame him!)  This is my second trip (I drove from Michigan to California in 1997).  This does not include the trip we made from Oregon to South Carolina three years ago.  We have seen the country, and we don’t need to see it again, at least from this vantage point!  We hope to stay put in Oregon and call it home for a LONG, LONG time 🙂

Did I mention that the hotel we stayed in last night was “skeevy”?  Neither one of us slept much – the bed was like a BRICK!  We were up at 3:00 am, but knew we needed to sleep in a little longer.  We ended up loading the car at 6:30 am, and heading out by 7:00 am.  Needless to say, the troops were very restless today (I guess we didn’t give everyone time to do their “business” at their leisure)  Everyone was complaining on the road!  All of the kitties are done being good – they are sick and tired of being cooped up in crates and crammed into tiny hotel rooms!!  I wish we could explain what’s going on- but they just look at us like we are crazy and promise to keep us up all night to get back at us.

We did enjoy a silly TV show last night called “Don’t forget the Lyrics”.  If you haven’t seen it, it comes on after “Are you smarter than a fifth grader?”  The contestants sing along to songs and they leave out some of the words, which the contestants have to fill in.  Silly, but fun 🙂 (hey, it helped us pass the time!!)

The breakfast at the hotel was as bad as the room – something that resembled bacon (but did not look cooked) and some kind of powdered excuse for eggs- so we passed.  We had hard boiled eggs in the car (yum?).  Luckily we found a Starbucks in Evanston, Wyoming and got to have some HOT coffee!  Around 10:45 we were hungry and tried to stop at a Quiznos for a sandwich, turns out they did not open until 11:00, so we had to buy a sandwich from the gas station.  WORST SANDWICH EVER!!  I had to take a picture of it – a dry roll, one slice of turkey, and about 1/4 slice of cheese!  But what can you do when you are hungry and there is no place else to go (and you already paid $4.00 for the sad little sandwich??).  The sandwich came with a cookie, which we decided wasn’t even worth the calories!  How often do you NOT eat a chocolate chip cookie??  You know it was bad!!

I don’t know how truckers do it day after day- being on the road is hard!  Bad food, uncomfortable beds, unaccomodating cats (okay, maybe they don’t travel with cats) – whatever- they would have to pay me BIG BUCKS to drive cross country for a living!  Here’s a question I have . . . in just about every small town, there is a big lot full of old dead cars . . . where do they come from?  There is no one for miles – but there are old dead cars . . . do they go out looking for them?  It brings to mind the movie “Dusk till Dawn”.  . .

We missed all of the “big storms” the Weather Channel warned us about today.  We got some rain, but it wasn’t bad and tomorrow it is supposed to be sunny!  I got some good pictures of some pretty threatening looking weather – hope you enjoy it!  Tomorrow we will make our way into Oregon- yeah!!!  We are already so excited to see REAL MOUNTAINS!!!  We’re almost home!!