The Road East – Day 7
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.
Today, when we were attempting to maneuver our way out of a pretty tight parking lot, I was missing my Hazel. And at the same time I was wondering how people drive those ginormous motor homes?! What a pain in the butt! We’ve never had a desire to own one, but I gotta tell ya driving Big Betty across country has sealed the deal on that one. No motor home in our future.
Here’s a random question for you. Do you drink/enjoy bourbon? I don’t. Can’t stand the stuff. But we were in Kentucky, and when in Kentucky… ya gotta take an hour and visit a distillery. Here’s a tip though, if you happen to be driving anything other than a normal-sized car, check ahead to see if they have a second entrance because otherwise it may take you a few tries to get out of a tight parking lot that only has one in/out driveway. Just ‘sayin.
Anyway, we visited the Buffalo Trace Distillery and arrived right at 9:00 a.m. and caught the first tour of the day. The grounds are beautiful and the buildings historic. As soon as you approach the warehouses, you can smell the vapors in the air. We had to bail on the tour though because although the guide was very cordial, he was a talker and 45 minutes into the tour we still hadn’t gotten inside a building. I think it would have been interesting to see, but we just didn’t have the time to dawdle and still make today’s destination.
I was hoping to see the beautiful blue grasses of Kentucky, but we could barely see out the window due to the ridiculously heavy rain. By the time we crossed into West Virginia and then into Virginia, the rain stopped and we saw patches of blue sky. The thick forests of autumn colors are just beautiful and try as I might I couldn’t take it all in because it goes on for miles and miles and miles. You’ll just have to trust me!
Our last night on the road finds us near Blacksburg, Virginia. Tomorrow is our last day on the road. I’ve had a lot of time to get lost in my thoughts over the past 7 days and have managed to create and work my way through my personal 12-step retirement plan, only my plan has 10 steps, because that’s all I need. As we traveled across this vastly diverse country, at each stop I’ve left behind a bit of emotional baggage. And that’s my 9th step; let go of any emotional baggage because you cannot move forward if you carry it with you. This, of course, is easier said than done and I think we all struggle with it. I know I have.
Step 9: Let go of emotional baggage.
And the last step, and it’s the big one, is to embrace the unknown possibilities. Because after all, isn’t that the whole point of getting to this stage of your life? Life plans have their place, but it’s the unknown that makes it exciting, so embrace it!
Step 10: Embrace the unknown possibilities.
Before I wrap up today’s post, let me express my thanks to all of you for reading our blog. We’ve reached our 2nd birthday, today. There is so much more to come, we’re just getting warmed up, so please stay with us as we continue to move forward… One Road at a Time!
Day 7: 393 miles. 33 gallons of gas. Tollbooths: $6.50
Travel tip: There are toll booths in Virginia (and other states). You basically pay for the privilege of driving on the road. Have cash ready.
Travel tip: When driving across country and your rental truck has a CD player, don’t pack your CDs in a box and then place said box amongst 100 other boxes in the back of the truck. Just a suggestion.
A very Happy (belated) Blog Birthday to you, Patti 🙂 And yes, leaving behind emotional baggage is easier said then done…it’s always up to us as the individuals on how successful we are with that. I too have had my battles in certain areas 🙂 As far as bourbon…give me Jim Beam and I’m happy (ok, really happy). But, I can only do that now and then…my noggin’ doesn’t like the next morning as much as it did when I was younger lol 🙂
Thanks, Mike. It’s hard to believe it’s been 2 years, but then again I feel as if I’m just getting warmed up!
Congrats on two years of blogging first of all 🙂 Seems like the week-long trip has been a good physical and mental transition from one phase of your life to the next. I love your 10-step plan. We also went to a distillery while we were in Scotland even though I hate whisky, it just seemed like one of those things you have to do while you’re there (and my Dad loves the stuff)!
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Thanks Amy! It’s been a whirlwind but we’re having a great time finding our way!
Bourbon distilleries were the one big thing I didn’t have time to see in Kentucky. I decided to go for Mammoth Cave National Park instead. I’ll go back for the booze someday, though 🙂
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I’d like to return to Kentucky as well, we were limited on time this trip, so we just passed through. I can tell you though the air at the distillery smelled like bourbon – seriously, it did!
Did you have to sing to yourselves or listen to country radio?
Nah, we embraced the silence – and the conversation! 😉
Happy birthday to your blog!!!
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Thanks! Two years, I’m easing my way out of the newbie stage!
Congrats on your 2 year blogaversary. I like your 10 step program, especially #10, which I need to work on.
Not a drinker. But LOVED my motorhome, sitting up high like Big Betty.
One more day on the road.
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Thanks Gaelyn. I love my list too and I think it pretty much covers any phase of life, don’t ya think?