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Old 08-08-2010, 01:25 PM   #31
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Wow! This is an epic trip! Two weeks? Can't wait to hear about BWV. I've always wanted to stay there! Was it all that and a bag of chips? Has your friend got any more points?

So sorry about your knee but I guess it was smart to put the Vero portion first. And I do like the skydiving story better. I'd stick with that one.

I keep wanting to plan an "adult" trip w/ my new guy. But he wants to go on a vacation to Disney about as much as I want to go moose hunting in Alaska. It's a conversion in process I guess.

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NEEEEEBO!!! *jumps into arms in a HUGE hug, mis-reads her target's stability, knocks him down raising questionable eyebrows from all involved...*
Were the lights on or off when you did this? Plus its you and nebs, no one will be lifting eyesbrows questionably. Please!


Hey, I have a part of my hip in my foot. Who knew? We are destined to be friends, its in the stars!

Hey Lexy! Following you on one of Nebo's trip reports, some things never change.
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Alls Well that ends Well. 2. The Forgotten! new chapter

Monica, I know I share the same b-day with one of your kids, but now we're sharing the same hip bone?

Lexxy, keep working at him, I know you can break him sooner or later.

Wendy, great to see you again, yeah girl, you sure like to make an entrance!

i'm not trying to ignore anybody, I appreciate all that post, I'm just trying to get this report on the road so to speak, there will be plenty time for callouts.


We are on the way again, and that had better be the last time I give the opening charge.

Like I said, even though it's still pitch black, I know this part of the trip like the back of my knee.

90 to 294, 294 all the way to the end of the tollway to rt. 80, couple miles west on 80 to rt. 57.

Then rt. 57 south till you fall off the edge of the world.

Everything was going along just wonderfully until only about 10 miles south on 57 she asked me if we could stop at the rest area coming up?
"Already?"

"Yes, already, trust me."

Ok, I know that tone, and I probably know that feeling she has.

15 minutes later we are back on the road and everything is fine again.

Or so I thought!

Her navigational skills are no longer needed for many hours, she has actuallhy taken the atlas off her lap! I look over and see she has her head back with her eyes shut, I thought she might be dozing.

I couldn't be more wrong!

60 miles down the road from the last rest area, I see a sign that says Rest Area one mile. I debate on mentioning it to her but decide I better.

"There's a re........"

She was already putting her shoes back on.

Once again, 15 mkinutes later we are back on the road, she says she is fine now. Ok.

NOW, I'm gonna make some time!

The sun is just coming up, I love sunrises, especially when the pertain to vacations.

I bump the cruise control up to 72, it's only 65 in Illinois and that's the highest I'll set it and not woryy about cops.

I check the gages one more time:

fuel; about 3/4
temp; right where it should be, 140
speed; 72
wind; ssw
dow; up 20 points
BP 140 over 90
score White Sox 5, Cubs 2

Yep, everything is in order, and I started wondering to myself; how far do I think I can make it before the back starts really bothering me along with the tailbone before I have to hit the painkillers? Probably Nashville but I'd really like to save them till we almost check in tonight, maybe I can get by on the Ibuprofen if my stomach can take it.

(yeah, the pills are right behind me in my bathroom bag, right behind the seat where I always put the bag, right behindtheseat whereIalwaysputtheba........)

It was like somebody just slugged me in the stomach!
I remember putting my blood pressure medicine in the bag, then putting the bag on the short half wall in the foyer,,,,,, and that's it!

"Diane, did you bring my bathroom bag?"

"Of course not, you always told me that you will take care of that."

Withing seconds she is crawling around behind the seats looking for it, and coming up empty.

Now the discussion starts, what can I do without? What was all in there?

"Ok, my blood pressure pills, the vikes, the usual bathroom stuff, sunglasses, the digital camera, oh, and my hearing aids!"

We quickly talked about maybe getting someone to ship the bag to us, but it's friday morning and we don't check into a place we know we are going until Sunday, without the bp meds I may explode by then!

No, I'm not always a fun date.

Any Walgreens will replace the bp meds, but the vikes? Hardly. Maybe just a few and that will pop up red flags all over the place.

As far as shipping the bag goes, again, we have a controlled substance in the bag, plus, I don't really want to ship my new hearing aids that cost a couple grand.

But the idea of just turning around now was just sick.

I honestly did not know what was the right thing to do.

I DID have one idea that appealed to me.

I'll just pull over on the side, get out and stand in front of the next 18 wheeler that came along, yep, that'l work.

Still heading south I wasn't going to let one more exit go past and I made my decision, I got off, crossed over the bridge and got back on going the other way.

My brain could not accept that I was doing this.

I"m going the wrong way!

My body was vibrating, my stomach hurt and I'm sure there was a little spittle forming between my lips.

But on I drove.
You have no idea how hard it was not to go 90 mph.
And now we get to head back into Chicago during rush hour.
Oh joy.

But probably the worst thing I had gnawing at me was this;
What if I DID grab the bag, and placed it on the roof before I got in the car?

With the luggage racks on top, it might now have fallen off right away,,,,,,,,it could be anywhere!

And I won't know till we get home.

Six hours later from when we first left we pulled back into the driveway, carefully opened the door so the cats didn't get out and I was afraid to look. Didn't matter, Diane yelled out "Yeah, there it is, still sitting there."

I sat down and lit a cigarette, had to decide.

Two minutes later, I said, "Well, you ready?"

I was seriously considering waiting until the morning before we left again, heck, that was when we were originally going to leave anyway, and part of me was remembering the old saying; "Don't put off till tomorrow what you can do today", which I have often countered with; "Put it off till tomorrow, you've done enough damage for one day."

But I thought that the best way to beat this was to get started right away again.

Right after I fill the tank up once again across the street.
Turned out to be a 42 dollar screw up, with the gas.

And total miles driven just to end up right back where we started from:

331 !

Yep, that was a character builder alright.

I DON'T NEED A BUILT UP CHARACTER!

The way my stomach felt the whole time, it should have worked on my abs.

those can stand some building.

At 20 to 10 that morning as we are buckling up our seat belts sitting at the Citgo she said, "You sure?"

"I'm sure."

As I pulled out onto the street for the 3rd time this morning, I heard in a faint voice next to me,,,,

"Aaaaaaand, we're off."

"Shut the ......... up!"

I drove with that bag between my legs for the first hundred miles. She started calling me "Linus".

I have to admit, as hard as this was to do, at least I'm heading back in the right direction now. Plus I didn't feel really good until we passed the point of the return, which was a little north of Champagne.

At least now we don't have to worry about pleading with a Walgreens, having to wait while they try to get a hold of my doctor, or having the bag shipped somewhere, that's all taken care of now.

That night we pulled into a motel in Murfreesboro just as it was getting dark.

We had picked up coupon books at the Ten. welcome center, found those rates usually beat AAA rates, she called ahead and they have a ground floor smoking room for us, 34.50 that included tax.

Well, can't beat that!

My cat's litter box in the corner was more inviting then this room was.

And cleaner.

The Safari Inn, should have known by the name.......not good.

After we checked in, I followed Smidgy in the car as she walked to the room to check it out.

She was back out before I even finished parking the car, saw the manager outside and he went and opened a door a few doors down from what he originally gave us.

It appeared that this room was going to be as good as it gets, she said the other room was so disgusting it wasnt even an option.

The mold growing on the inside of the drapes was the worst, she thought it was moving.

"This is the room that Clark Griswold would have said, "Aunt Edna, this is your room."

Dinner that night was sandwiches on rye, and my favorite kind.
Think Rolling Stones:

"Braun Shweiger, how come you taste so good?"
(sung to the tune of Brown Sugar)

Ok, getting tired, but at least we're getting closer. soon
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I winced fore you - and I already knew the story!

Nebo is BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 08-09-2010, 10:23 PM   #35
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Bummer, Dude! Well, at least the bag hadn't fallen off the roof. That could have resulted in some very happy, albeit confused crows pecking at vikes along side of the road.
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Old 08-09-2010, 11:01 PM   #37
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You surprised me several times: Turning around, AND getting right back on the road again, AND not having to take a few vikes at that point.

Now I'm gonna be worried I will forget something of vital importance.


I'm a visual person, no picture of Aunt Edna's room?

It can only get better from this point, right?
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Old 08-10-2010, 12:56 AM   #38
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nothing worse that "intestinal disorders" on a road trip. nebo was very patient with me.

he didn't tell me about the "did I put it on the roof of the car?" thought till later. wasn't that sweet of him, to save me from the angst? (isn't "angst" a perfect word for that feeling?)

even though we were trying to make it back to Champaign, we both could have used a little Champagne at that point. (sorry, honey, had to do it)

after the trip, when we told son #2 this story, he feigned anger,"why didn't you call me? I could have met you half way or something?"

yeah, we're going to call him to miss a half day of work, drive 45 miles from his house to ours, the 75 miles to meet us halfway... esp since we didn't even tell him or the other son about this trip in the first place! "um Jeremy, we're in Champaign, IL. could you zip over to our house, grab a bag and meet us somewhere on the road? why are we in Champaign? um,. tell you later"
(non-disney people just don't get the multiple trips thing, and it gets embarrassing. the owners or my coworkers at the restaurant STILL don't know we went, nor will they. I didn't have to take time off, after all; they don't need to know how I spend my money... and this way, when I take time off for any possible next trip, they can't say "you were just there in july") this was our "secret trip" and we felt kinda "naughty" sneaking away. ......It's fun to feel "naughty" (at our age, this is about as "naughty" as it gets)

the first room at the luxurious safari Inn also had a punch hole in the wall. and there was a stupid "step up" to the vanity/bathroom area in both rooms,which Nebo had all kinds of fun with!

the ad in the motel coupon book said "jacuzzi rooms available". I should have known better, when I saw a sign in the office "we rent rooms for short term 'afternoon naps'."
sheeeesh!

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Oh no you had to turn around.

Now the room - we were coming back from Disney in April (driving to VA to see some family members) and used our GPS for a hotel to stay the night it was at the border of FL and GA. We paid for the room, went to put our bags in the room and literally almost vomited when DH and I saw. Neither of us said anything to each other except going to dinner 15 minutes after we paid for the room. He said to me if we find another place we're staying there. He said he would have not be able to sleep there at all, it was gross. So we ate dinner, found another hotel, much nicer with clean sheets and he and my son went and got our luggage out of the first hotel room and left the door key on the bed. Yup we paid for two rooms that night
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the first room at the luxurious safari Inn also had a punch hole in the wall. and there was a stupid "step up" to the vanity/bathroom area in both rooms,which Nebo had all kinds of fun with!

I bet!


the ad in the motel coupon book said "jacuzzi rooms available". I should have known better, when I saw a sign in the office "we rent rooms for short term 'afternoon naps'."

I'm picturing a man with a gold front tooth sitting on a wooden folding chair in a powdered blue suit with a tootpick in his mouth, wearing a white hat. Just a little ways over from the sign.

sheeeesh!

Love how you two tag team in these reports!
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Jaime, I still cannot believe I left that bag sitting there. I always know exactly where it is at all times.

Nebo is BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Bummer, Dude! Well, at least the bag hadn't fallen off the roof. That could have resulted in some very happy, albeit confused crows pecking at vikes along side of the road.
nice to see you again Danielle. I do believe a lot of those birds by Sleepy Hollow have gotten into someone's meds for sure.

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You surprised me several times: Turning around, AND getting right back on the road again, AND not having to take a few vikes at that point.

i was very diligent concerning my vikes that day, I guess you could call it a self imposed punishment, although I wiped my stomach out on aspirin and ibuprofen.

Now I'm gonna be worried I will forget something of vital importance.

Believe me, me too from now on! What would have happened if we had flown?
I'm a visual person, no picture of Aunt Edna's room?

It can only get better from this point, right?
Oh yes, definately. Sure.

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even though we were trying to make it back to Champaign, we both could have used a little Champagne at that point. (sorry, honey, had to do it)

Just new I should have written Urbana.
the first room at the luxurious safari Inn also had a punch hole in the wall. and there was a stupid "step up" to the vanity/bathroom area in both rooms,which Nebo had all kinds of fun with!

I forgot about the step up. That made as much sense as when Disney puts a turnstyle at the end of a ride.
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Oh no you had to turn around.

Now the room - we were coming back from Disney in April (driving to VA to see some family members) and used our GPS for a hotel to stay the night it was at the border of FL and GA. We paid for the room, went to put our bags in the room and literally almost vomited when DH and I saw. Neither of us said anything to each other except going to dinner 15 minutes after we paid for the room. He said to me if we find another place we're staying there. He said he would have not be able to sleep there at all, it was gross. So we ate dinner, found another hotel, much nicer with clean sheets and he and my son went and got our luggage out of the first hotel room and left the door key on the bed. Yup we paid for two rooms that night
I totally understand that. We have been making these runs for a long time, and while some motels were always run down, they were at least clean. Now I don't even want to take my shoes off.
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Thanks for the pm, nebo! I'll play catch up tonight with my DD15. The first post looks pretty funny.

I'm caught up. My DD and I laughed at all the right places, I think, like when you got hurt.
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Okay, This made me laugh after a really bad day at work. So thank you for sharing your misery

I'm getting wigged out just reading your description of the room - I can't imagine staying there!
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