I finished my postlude on Sunday, September 17th then we were outta town! Wendy and I were on the road to Michigan at 12:17 p.m. in my new(ish) Prius. Although it's smaller, we were able to fit everything into it and averaged 48 mpg all the way to Michigan ($82 in gas total!). Jazz, my German Shepherd, is staying with Chelsea.
The first day of travel (which was only a half-day since we left in the afternoon) took us to Amarillo, Texas. We went through New Mexico and drove through a beautiful pine area called Ruidoso. The rest of New Mexico looked just like Arizona, although we did see a few alien-themed items on the side of the road as we approached Roswell. No U.F.O. sightings this time. Darn!
Wendy: There was lightning happening inside some clouds over Roswell as we passed through, so we can't totally rule out the lack of UFO sightings...
Also, while there's no point in spending a lot of money to crash somewhere for just a few hours, is it so much to ask that a place not have paper thin walls, extremely weak water pressure, and sticky, fake hardwood floors?
J: On the second day of travel, we were able to get to Effingham, Illinois. Traffic was actually really great the whole way to Michigan. No major holdups or accidents to be seen! When we entered Missouri we could tell the leaves on the trees were just beginning to turn. The hotel in Effingham was terrible.
W: "Terrible" is an understatement. Rock hard beds, a half-empty water bottle on the nightstand left from either a maid or previous occupant, again with the water pressure being non-existent, and this time, a curved shower curtain rod that tilted downward, forcing the curtain to fall away from the walls on both sides throughout the shower, soaking my clothing in a humid state, thick with fog (see below) as we left the room. Oh, and I can't forget the musty, smoke smell. Ugh.
W: On a completely different note, the people of Missouri have a very odd sense of humor. I'm sure this is old news to many who have traveled Route 66, but I swear it's the first time in my 50 years I've seen the billboards for the Uranus Fudge Factory. I took the first photo as proof, but grabbed the rest from online as I wasn't quick enough with my camera to catch them all on the roadside. I promise they were all there in some form or other, with more besides.
J: On the third day, we reached the house where we are staying in Michigan. It's between Flint and Detroit and it's in a lovely little area. In Michigan, the tree colors are a little further along, although still in their color-changing beginnings. Wow!!! I haven't seen a true fall season in almost 20 years and I was blown away by the colors! All down the freeway were reds, yellows, greens, oranges, and purples. I think the purples were really just a darker red, but I call them purple. Few pictures were taken during our travel days because nothing was really *that* interesting. As vacation hums along, I'll post some pictures of the colors and things we are doing. We'll be staying in Michigan through Sunday, then we'll drive across Canada, enter the States again in Buffalo, and make our way to Maine through New York, Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
W: Things that make Wendy cranky: Humidity, being cold, and driving in traffic. Please pray for Joel as he is stuck in my immediate presence pretty much non-stop for the next 30 days, under constant and various combinations of these conditions.