In 7 1/2 days we drove Big Betty approximately 3,109 miles and she sucked down approximately 448 gallons of gas. Big Betty did her job well, we had no problems whatsoever, but I gotta tell ya I was more than ready to say farewell when we dropped her off at Home Depot.
For the past 9 years I’ve been driving my little ’05 Honda Civic Hybrid (a.k.a Hazel) and I could zip, zip, zip around town and easily access any parking space. I loved that car and was sad to say good-bye to her when we left Ashland. Driving Big Betty is a bit different than driving my little Hazel. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve attempted to look in the rear view mirror that doesn’t exist, or look over my left shoulder before changing lanes, only to see a wall of yellow truck over my shoulder. Fortunately, Big Betty has good side mirrors.
Here we are in Frankfurt, Kentucky watching our absolute favorite show, The Big Bang Theory. Please tell me you think it is hilarious. I’m trying not to be overly
panicked worried concerned that there are flash flood warnings scrolling across the bottom of the screen. I think I heard the word tornado; we are in the midwest after all. No worries. Only (only?) torrential rains and flash flooding.
The shrill scream of the hotel’s fire alarm bolted us out of a sound sleep at 6:00 a.m. this morning. It was the ultimate rude awakening. We dragged ourselves out into the hallway and sure enough all of the guests were evacuating – including a young woman wrapped in a towel – so we headed down the stairs, with me dressed in jammies and bare feet. I guess that was better than being wrapped in a towel though.
We were about 50 miles into our drive across Nebraska when it suddenly dawned on us that we’ve actually never been in Nebraska. We’ve been in the surrounding states, South Dakota, Kansas and Wyoming, but not Nebraska. And guess what? Nebraska actually gave us a really good day. Who knew? Yes, it was a l-o-n-g drive, flat and very straight, but surprisingly it was actually green and full of fall colors.
Day 3 dawned this morning with clear beautiful blue skies and we were on the road by 8:00 a.m. And our first stop is what I’m going to label as step 4 on my 12-step retirement program. Treat yourself to something yummy for breakfast, even though you know it’s really not good for you, because sometimes it’s just fun – and yummy – to do so.
Sometimes, when you’re trying to figure out how you’re going to get it all done, an angel comes along and loans you her car. Not only does she loan you her car, but she tells you to keep it until the day before you leave. Sometimes, “thank you” doesn’t even begin to cut it.
“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.”
I’m not sure how I’m feeling these days. I was thinking maybe the word surreal fit. So I Googled (it’s a verb right?) the definition of surreal and got this: having the qualities of surrealism. Fat lot of good that did me.