31 January 2011 - 10:55The Herculean Driving Effort
WOW. I feel as if I’ve been in a time warp for two days. Let’s start from the beginning.
I was pleasantly surprised to find that when I picked up the rental car, they were fresh out of minivans. I got this instead.
I named it the Executor.
Scott and I got on the road at 6:30, greeted by 1″ of slippery snow on the roads. We had to take it pretty slow. In fact, the first 2 hours of the trip were spent trying to get out of Vermont.
New Your State wasn’t much better, but we actually made Albany in 4 hours, which is not that bad in the grand scheme of things. Then it was all highway. We were greeted by a lake effect snow plume that made visibility poor, and driving conditions marginal. By the time we got to Ohio it was semi-raining, but the roads were clear so actual highway speeds could be realized.
Then, things got a little hazy after dark. We only stopped for gas and food. Our strategy was working well. We started out with 8 hour shifts, and switched to 4 hour shifts overnight. I took a 5 hour energy drink before my night shift, as I was having a hard time taking a nap during Scott’s shift. I think I made a critical error when we stopped at a Wendy’s, the combination of the Baconator and 5 Hr Energy Drink and Road Rapture caused some odd hallucinatory side effect.
We reached the Oklahoma border around 5am, and we made a small detour to visit Scott’s Grandma, who was only about an hour out of the way. Scott woke her up at 5:30. A small detour, but very worthwhile, he made a 93 year old lady’s day.
Then it was back on the road. In Texas the sky began to show signs of turning blue, and when it did, it was about lunch time. Wouldn’t you know it, we were driving through Amarillo. We went to The Big Texan, hhow of the 72 free steak if’n you could eat it in less than an hour. We didn’t go that way – that would be an almost fatal mistake with 4+ hours left to drive, but had a very good brisket sandwich with a side of mac-n-cheese.
The sun was out, the sky was blue, and the end was in sight. We passed several wind farms. I love these things, to me, they are simply big beautiful pinwheels making electricity. I find them quite relaxing.
Then we reached the New Mexico border, and soon enough the Sandia Mountains rose from the desert floor, and we finally arrived at our destination, my friend’s house Di & Slick’s house in Albuquerque.
36 hours. We were greeted by a delicious feast and beers, got caught up on old times and went to bed tired full and happy.