Day 2 - Done!
Trip Start Aug 11, 2010
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Breakfast was at 8 but we didn't get on the road until 10ish because Grandmom wanted to show me her apartment. I used to go visit her every year and play in her piano recitals, but once I graduated from high school, that tradition came to a close (not because either of us wanted me to stop coming, but I stopped taking piano lessons and would have been a major embarrassment at those recitals). It works out well since Ben goes to Wash U now and they spend time together each week, but I still don’t get to see her very often, so it was nice to have the opportunity to visit and catch up, as short a time as it was
Yesterday was mainly spent reading, looking for all the state license plates (we ended with 36 different plates, including Alaska!), and situating the cats. We’re getting used to their travel habits now, and I can tell you that Leonard only likes to be out of his crate and looking out the window when it’s dark out, otherwise he hisses up a storm and is genuinely uncomfortable. King likes to peer out the window and ended up sleeping between the two front chairs for probably four hours.
Mom has been a champ and driven the entire way so far! I told her that if she wanted any help, I would be happy to relieve her for a while, but she says that she’s fine and that driving the van when it’s this full is slightly difficult if you’re not used to driving it in the first place. Speaking of my mom, she has this habit of needing Twizzlers for any long drive, and this was no exception. In fact, this time, we took it up a notch, buying a re-sealable drive. The funny part is that she can’t open it with just one hand, so anytime she wants one (or actually two, since she has to eat them in pairs), that’s my job. At one point she mentioned, "This is great! It’s like I have a personal servant!" to which I responded, “Yeah, this is great! It’s like I have a personal chauffeur!” I guess both positions have their merits.
We drove from St. Louis, through Joplin, Tulsa, Oklahoma City, and stopped in Amarillo. Next stop: Anthem!