Tuesday Dec. 27th 2011
6:00am– Alarm goes off.
7:10am– Dawn finally crawls out of bed expecting it to be earlier…but apparently I turned off the phone instead of hitting snooze. Oops!
7:55am– Get ready, eat some breakfast and watch the news hoping for better weather.
8:35am– Pack up the truck and start moving. Look at this thief…..oh wait that’s me.
9:45am– Pull into the gas station and fill up. Think to myself that now would be a good idea to check if the e-brake works….I look over to Dawn and she gives me the “what are you up to” look as I press the brake.
10:00am– Finally figure out that the e-brake won’t release. So I just grab the e-brake lever, manually pull it back and hope for the best.
12:30pm– Stop for lunch and see that the weather is getting worse.
1:50pm– Dawn is frantically checking the weather on our new favorite website- wunderground.com. The wind is picking up and we are driving into the wind storm. It starts to snow…. you’ve got to be kidding.
2:10pm– We stop to warm up, and get some caffeine at McDonald’s (We would have loved to have used our Starbucks gift card that we got for Christmas, but we didn’t see a single Starbucks till much later in our trip. Apparently, Starbucks has no love for AR or TN.) I don’t think we have eaten that much junk food in such a short time. We check the weather and see an advisory for trucks to not drive if they don’t have to. That’s enough warning for us to call it a day.
3:30pm– After checking into a hotel, we drive to Walmart to replace our dying headlight. All I can say is that the people are much friendlier than up north. The guy in front of us was chatting up a storm with the cashier and probably took 10mins to check out 5 items.
6:15pm– On the recommendation of the hotel staff we eat at a nearby Mexican joint. We both order some much needed adult beverages. Dawn goes for the “BEST MARGARITA IN THE WORLD” which was Ginormous! I am getting very discouraged by our lack of progress and get indigestion.
8:40pm– After pigging out, wte decide to take advantage of the hotel hot tub after an exhausting day. I jump in the hot tub in my shorts as Dawn dips her feet in. Definitely a perk for being a guy….no need to cover anything north of my belly button =)
9:20pm– Off to bed. 463 miles down, 683 miles to go.