Friday, March 02, 2007
On the road again
We are ready to go, at least from the standpoint of having everything packed into the trailer. However much we long to get back to our farm there is a part of us that doesn’t want to leave. We have connected with our family here. It seems to me we connected better than when we lived up here. Distance can often do that. Cherie and Cathy spent hours together, doing things and talking. Nate and I have also had a good open communication, something that never happened before. For those of you who not only follow this journal but have gone back and read through it’s history you will know that there had been friction between us before. There were what ended up being called the “Blog Wars” where we both used our blogs to talk instead of working things out face to face. Allot of that was my fault, a result of my stubborn unmoving stance of “I’m Right, You’re wrong”. Of course Nate holds his ground with equal determination so it was sandpaper on sandpaper. That broke a year or so ago to the whole family’s relief.
So it has been a great five days. I didn’t get to see my boys, which is a major regret. I think part of that is because of the emotions I feel when I see them and realize each time how distant they are. Bruce is not really bad, he’s just grown up and is less effected by the animosity of the divorce. Adam is very different in that regard. His mom is a bitter woman who has actively transferred that to Adam, who still lives with her. He is flat out uncomfortable. I could have gotten in touch with them but never got around to it in the hectic busy five days we have been here. Wish we could afford to stay another week but we can’t. The budget will be real tight this month. Wayne had offered to write us a check for a couple hundred bucks. At first I didn’t want to do that but after talking with Cherie we will probably take him up on that offer.
Here is a picture of the Maumee River here in Toledo. It is frozen solid as it does every hear. The drifts of snow almost look like waves cresting.
Our timing to leave will work out just about perfectly with the weather. We will be running through lots of rain when we leave here but it will clear up by the time we get to Indiana and be sunny the rest of the way to Texas.
Time for our final preparations to check out and hit the road. We will get breakfast at the Waffle House I used to meet Jeff at every Friday morning. We would talk about life and our daily struggles, great fellowship.
Time to get moving. It will be a hectic schedule just getting out of town. Got to drop by the folks house, Wayne’s, Allen’s and a few other places. I’ll post this and check online for who’s got the cheapest gas.
We made it to Charleston, Missouri. Pulled into the hotel at midnight. Would have loved to keep going because driving that late at night is nice. There is little traffic. Getting hear was a little hairy. In Indiana we hit some weather. At first it was an interesting phenomenon I’ll call “Snow fog”. It was a mist rising from the snow. At first it was just a neat looking thing but as we traveled it became more intense. Soon it was coupled with a light rain that seemed to increase the fog. Then the winds started picking up, moving the fog and seeming to concentrate it in spots where you couldn’t see more than twenty feet in front of you.
Cherie got her computer out and went on line. We love this PC card because it allows us to access the internet anywhere we are, even moving down the highway. She went to several weather sites and was able to give live updates on what’s ahead. There were tornado warnings in Indianapolis which was eighty miles ahead of us. The radar showed things clear up after that. They did but the wind didn’t. It got pretty intense for Cherie as every time I passed a semi the blast of air would get the trailer rocking. A trucker, seeing that after I passed him, suggested I tuck in between him and the truck in front to provide some protection. That worked real well.
The CB radio proved it’s value a few times. Once a trucker pulled up next to me, holding up his mike to get my attention. I hadn’t been paying attention as he had tried to get a hold of me. I was “The red truck with the horse trailer”. Come to find out my trailer lights weren’t working. We pulled off the next exit so I could look at them. It only took a few wiggles on the plug running from the trailer to fix.
So we made it this far. Today the weather appears to be clear and cloudless though it will be windy. Can’t promise to keep this real up to date because I’ll be driving pretty solid. Last night it was just get a room and get to sleep so I barely cracked open this laptop.