“It was the best of times; it was the worst times…” In other words, I was extremely excited, and it was WAY TOO STINKIN’ EARLY. We had to board the bus at 4 a.m.(Did you really expect me to take a flattering photo at 3:22 in the morning?)
4:18 a.m. Thank you, Jackson Farmer! We are now 18 min. behind schedule because you drug your rear. This is the most ungodly time ever.(I boarded the bus at 4:07…which was only seven minutes behind schedule.)
4:43 a.m. You know what’s funny about getting up at 3:15 this morning? That’s about what time I went to bed last time I stayed at Alex’s!
5:28 a.m. Springfield, some random gas station. It would be McDonald’s, but they don’t open till probably 6 or 7. Everyone else went straight for the donuts, but me? Peanut butter granola bar that I brought and a mighty mango Naked juice that I bought. Simply delightful.
5:46 a.m. So I don’t think I’ve ever watched the sun rise, but I’m pretty sure it’s been rising for about 30-40 minutes now. I have to say a sunrise is one of God’s prettiest creations.
6:14 a.m. Oh, that’s lovely! We’re traveling on 1 of 2 busses from this company that has a sensor problem or a bare wire somewhere. It just randomly shuts the engine down. And of the 2 busses, this bus does it the worst. What fun!
7:25 a.m. I’ve been up for 4 hours—I’m usually crawling out of bed at this time!
8:44 a.m. Well, I feel awful for our bus driver, since he’s more stressed than we are. HOWEVER. This makes for a drag-y trip.
10:42 a.m. In the words of Jeremy, “Everything rolls downhill.” Be it barf, tea, Kool-Aid…
10:46 a.m. Nice. A moose with wings. On top of a mobile home business sign. I’ve been up too long. (If I’d been a speedy photographer, I’d have a picture. But, alas, I was not fast enough, and, I was consciously conserving my camera battery.)
Sometime around 11:30 am, we arrived in St. Louis, which wasn’t previously in our itinerary. But we needed to change busses and get a new bus driver, and this was the place to do it. So we just squeezed in a little more sight-seeing.
11:43 a.m. A giant tour bus and skinny brick streets of downtown St. Louis=nail-biting alertness! I would NOT want this job!
12:29 p.m. Guess what? You can’t get cell phone service oodles below the ground at the St. Louis Arch.(We didn’t go up in the Arch due to long lines, but I did get some nice outside pictures of this monument to our country’s westward expansion.)
There were some Marines Week activities happening on the Arch’s riverfront grounds. I thought these sharply dressed young men made a nice picture…
…but I was actually more amused by this witty young lady walking around these activities in this t-shirt. If we’re taking sides, I’m on hers. Just sayin’.
(FYI: It says “Army Strong.”)
(The news had been reporting for the past couple of weeks about the excessive rain causing the Mississippi to overflow its banks and flood some property. I took this picture to show “the folks back home” that, yes, the Mississippi was high. This was one of the walkways into the subsequently mentioned Riverfront Café.)
1:02 p.m. Fish sandwich and jazz music at the Riverfront Café…yeah, I’m liking St. Louis style lunches.
1:25 p.m. According to Abbie Kennedy, “We get name tags, so if we get run over, they can identify us!” Yeah, right.
1:42 p.m. Welcome to Illinois! I haven’t been in this state since we visited Aunt Annette in 2008.
2:30 p.m. Perspective is a funny thing. At the stop-light, we saw a semi carrying a wrecked, burned out Greyhound bus. Just a reminder that things could always be worse.
4:30 p.m. We are now in Indiana, and I’m pretty sure we’re in the Eastern Time Zone.
Sometime between 4:30 and 8:00, we passed the Lucas Oil Stadium, which is where the Indianapolis Colts play.
(This trip is where I learned the difficulty of taking quality pictures through a bus window. I’m not sure I ever mastered it.)
7:57 p.m. Blibo Baggins?!? Seriously? And you don’t know where he lives? Sheesh. Some people need to read more.
8:55 p.m. I guess we’re watching the Last Song. In the words of my mother—WHATEVER. We’re in Mt. Comfort, Indiana.
9:51 p.m. Welcome to Ohio!
10:44 p.m. Man, 2 skunks in 1 day is all I can handle.
11:00 p.m. I had no clue other people got as loopy as I do late at night.
11:10 p.m. You know, I don’t care one whit about your stupid love bug sandwich….
11:15 p.m. Okay, seriously? My youth group has got to be the best-behaved kids around!
11:22 p.m. Comfort Suites Motel, Yellow Heights, OH!!!!! I thought we’d never make it. Thank you, Lord.
A motel bed has never felt so good.
These were the lessons I learned on Day One:
Sometimes life throws you curveballs. So be patient, and find the good in the situation.
We obviously spent many hours ‘en route’ during this whole trip, which provided the opportunity to watch probably two dozen movies. I kept diligent record of what we watched so I can laugh at myself in 27 years.
National Treasure 1, National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets, A Knight’s Tale, The Last Song