Day 1 begins on September 7.
I left Casa de Paisano around 8am, after spending some quality time with my girls. The drive from the Casa to Mom & Dad's place in Buffalo, Iowa is just a touch over 900 miles. During the drive I had much time to think about loads of stuff.
I thought about everything from death & taxes to work and kids and even "the M word". The drive took around 13 or so hours and well, is Very boooring. This time I went through Colorado, Nebraska and Iowa. We all joke about how windy Kansas is; well, I think Nebraska has Kansas beat. You know it's windy when they have wind socks on the overpasses. During the long trip across the state and the Neverending side wind, I thought the state was nearly as long as California.
The Vue did a great job and was pretty comfortable. Even though it's more comfortable than riding the Lowrider, I still got bored and "twitchy". I only stopped for the requisite "E & F" breaks. In case your wondering - that means "empty & fill". I think you can likely figure out what was emptied and what was filled.
When I finally arrived, 13 hours later, Mom, Dad and Nikki, (Mom's little white fuzzball American Eskimo dog), were waiting for me. Actually, Nikki is pretty cool & she's great company for Mom. :) Once I pulled in, hugged everyone and took a whiz, I unloaded my stuff. More importantly, I unloaded a special gift for Dad.
Unfortunately, the pictures just don't quite show it off correctly, must be the plexiglass. Anyway, I think Dad actually liked this one. He is VERY hard to buy or make stuff for. This project was kinda fun...do YOU have an idea for a shadowbox or other project? I have somebody who can help you out ;)
After a beer, (or two), it was time to crash for the night. Lots of stuff to do the next day. So ends day one of this adventure. Stay tuned.