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Old 02-26-2013, 02:18 AM
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Default The Trip is Going Well. . .

Middie is enjoying himself; as am I. I'm stretching it to three days of driving - after the first 13 hours, I decided limiting today to ten was a good idea!

We went from VA to Illinois on the first day, and other than the novel experience of driving a 16' truck through windy mountain roads, it was uneventful. (Translation: nolu obeyed the speed limit for once instead of doubling it.)

Introducing Yellow Truck - I kind of want to keep it. So many people complain about how loud/uncomfortable/hard to drive moving trucks are, but I kind of like it. It's a lot quieter and smoother than my car, at least, and Middie absolutely loves riding in it.

Yellow Truck! by noludoru, on Flickr


IMG_9085 by noludoru, on Flickr

Illinois was gorgeous - all rolling hills and fields bordered by trees. I switched the GPS to "shortest distance" and ended up adding an hour to my trip in the form of long, winding back roads through sleepy little towns in the middle of nowhere.

Illinois by noludoru, on Flickr

We arrived at sunset and I met up with Beanie for Mexican food (NOM!) and met the Sheltie crew. Beanie is awesome, and I want a Sheltie now. I tried to steal Payton and Georgie, but Middie wanted to eat Payton. No pictures because it was dark and cold and there were five wiggling dogs to keep track of. Bring on the lynch mob.

Today was mostly spent in Missouri. It's hillier, was covered in snow, and had all kinds of fun signs.

Missouri by noludoru, on Flickr

We didn't take any breaks except for dinner today, so he gave me sadfaces.

IMG_9192 by noludoru, on Flickr

IMG_9149 by noludoru, on Flickr

And we got a super comfy hotel room for the night because of the impending Blizzard of Doom. They were very kind and let Middie run around in the courtyard for a bit.

IMG_9222 by noludoru, on Flickr

This is where he really wanted to be:

IMG_9223 by noludoru, on Flickr


IMG_9231 by noludoru, on Flickr

He's conked out next to me right now. The way he manages to sleep the whole day, wake up for an hour or so, and then sleep the night through is baffling. When I first brought him home I didn't see him sleep for three months.
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Old 02-26-2013, 02:41 AM
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That does look like fun. And I love shortest route! I tend to set my GPS then try and find my own way anyway down back roads
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Old 02-26-2013, 06:38 AM
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How stinkin cute is he??!!! Middie looks like the perfect travel companion.

I think the same thing about Henry with the sleep patterns. Sometimes I do the math and realize he's slept about 22 out of 24 hours. Wish I could say the same.

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Old 02-26-2013, 07:44 AM
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Looks like a fun trip. I love road trips so much. 2 years in a row, my husband and I did a trip from OH to NM. The first time we were like, "I wonder how many states we can hit during the trip?" The answer is 12.

Looking forward to more pictures and good luck with your Blizzard of Doom

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Old 02-26-2013, 08:00 AM
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Looks like you guys are having fun! Yay for awesome hotel people.

Glad Middie is a good travel companion.
He isn't singing along with every song on the radio is he? That can get real old real fast!
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Old 02-26-2013, 09:08 AM
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So glad you're posting your trip. Looks like the two of you are having a good time. Love all the pics. Stay safe driving. Looking forward to your next sets of pics.
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Old 02-26-2013, 06:28 PM
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Originally Posted by noludoru View Post
RTH, I am not entirely surprised about your experience. My overall experience with the company makes yours look pleasant. Sadly, mine involves social media waivers that prohibit sharing the year-long story. ;-) The experience with the Penske truck rental has gone quite well, with the exception of a CEL and a transmission that's crapping out at 25,000 miles - but it's a GMC truck, so that's not unexpected.

The only reason I went with them is because with discounts it was almost $600 less than the competition.

Megan, I'm glad you had a good experience! And yes, we are finally headed to Denver. It's been fourish years in the making, and I decided I was just going to start living my life the way I want to live it instead of looking back and wishing I had.
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