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Old 08-19-2012, 06:43 PM   #61
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Holy moley! When you guys have road trip adventures, you don't mess around! This is so awesome that the only question is, who do you want to play you in the movie??
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Old 08-19-2012, 06:58 PM   #62
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Loving this. We live just outside of Houston on 10. My nightmare is getting pulled over to have the car searched by boarder patrol. Not because I have anything but because it seams scary.
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Old 08-19-2012, 07:13 PM   #63
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Great update! Making assumptions about distances when looking at Texas on a map bites you every time! Things look close together but NOTHING in Texas is close together FYI - the border patrol checkpoint you were stopped at is just East of El Paso, my guess is they searched you guys because you were young.... and had those very suspicious looking pillows that needed dog prints on them! I love your story about spending time with the *ahem* ladies of the night, way to turn a weird moment into a fun one! This is how I pictured all of you in the bathroom: It is freaking me out that you have been driving this whole time - you need some sleep!
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Old 08-19-2012, 08:11 PM   #64
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Your adventure across the U.S. has so many great stories it's like out of a movie! Unfortunately, the movie that comes to mind for your hitchhiker story is "No Country For Old Men".

Can't wait for more!
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Old 08-19-2012, 08:29 PM   #65
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So glad I found your trip report- love it! I always love a good road trip- have driven cross country a couple of times (and will be driving to WDW on Tues!!). Can't wait to read more, you are cracking me up!
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Old 08-19-2012, 10:32 PM   #66
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I'm in for this TR.
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Old 08-19-2012, 11:01 PM   #67
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Had a busy weekend so I'm checking back and just got updated...

You all needed a hug after getting through Texas!

Isn't it funny how someone can saw the words "wet dog" and you instantly remember the distinct wretched smell of wet dog and not lightly remember it, but full on KERPOW remember it. and since I'm on the braver side, I would have asked the border patrol to provide me with at least a towel to wipe out the muddy puppy tracks. You can always send them a cleaning bill!

Hanging on your words til next update. Way to go!
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Old 08-19-2012, 11:01 PM   #68
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Oh my ,! When you guys go on a road trip, you go all out...Can't wait to hear the rest of this adventure!
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Old 08-20-2012, 06:11 AM   #69
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Joining in, loving this TR! I would LOVE to do a road trip across the US someday, my DH were just talking about how we need to go to California and how we would need at least 2 weeks there because we want to see the whole state, so add in a road trip and we would probably need another 2 weeks!

I don't have anything against TX, but driving through it sounds terrifying! First that sign about the escaped inmates, and then seeing the potential murderer twice, and THEN the border control nonsense! I don't get why you even had to be stopped if you were in the US? Strange!

Can't wait to read more!
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Old 08-20-2012, 07:23 AM   #70
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We were pulled over, 3 harmless looking 20 something's just having a nice road trip. I say three because for some reason Tim’s driving attire consisted of his most dirty torn drug-dealing looking singlet, a backwards baseball hat and dirty shorts combo. He is one of the best dressed guys I know, but while in roadtrip mode- Tim's look turned a little scary. Now I love Tim, we all do, but we are still convinced to this day that he is the reason border security gave us a tough time. So they came over to the vehicle and asked us some questions. Now I still can’t tell you when things went south but all of a sudden it was decided that we looked suspicious. We were made us drive into a special area with a team of officers and scary looking sniffer dogs
Wow! This road trip sounds like a movie.

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They then demanded we get out of the car and place our hands where they could see them!! Now this was quite worrying as we had been in the queue to go through the checkpoint for ages due to traffic and we had not seen anyone forced out of their car! So we climbed out of car as quickly as our 'havent been stretched for a few hours' legs could carry us. I might add at this point that about an hour earlier Bek and I had changed into our pyjama shorts to be more comfortable. These shorts were bright pink and blue- mine with sushi on it and her with clouds and rainbows. So there we were on the side of the road in pyjama shorts feeling a little (read VERY) terrified!
It just gets better. I love how you’re in pajamas to boot!

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They took us each aside separately and asked us 300 times how we knew each other and if we had drugs in the car. This whole process actually took some time... All the while standing in our 'very obviously pyjama pants' or 'ghetto drug dealing attire' on the side of the busy road (Actually Josh was dressed normally, good work husband ) I wish 300 was an exaggeration but it wasn't apparently those two were the questions of the day. They then made us empty our pockets and inspect what we took out, now for some reason Tim had some sort of crumbly cookie powderish remnants in his short pockets which created another round of awkward invasive questions. I believe it was at this point that it started to rain... Were we offered shelter? Ha of course not. Apparently they were still not happy with our answers so they sent their massive scary drug sniffing dogs into the car while we stood on the side of the road.
This is making me so angry. This all seems so unnecessary and rather bullying.

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All of this while the passing cars mocked us. Well we never heard any mocking ...but if situations were reversed we would mock so it's pretty safe to assume. I mean this visual would have been too good to pass up!
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FINALLY they let us go and we had a wonderful surprise in the car. The sniffer dogs had walked mud ALL OVER the car AND the new pillows. Yay, also because it had been raining the car now had the lovely aroma of wet dog which is always a hit!
Because everyone knows the number one smell you want in your car when you are stuck in it for days at a time is wet dog…
Who do you submit a bill to? This is so upsetting. No wonder you moved back to Australia.


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So on we drove through Texas, and on and on and on. Later that night we were meant to stop for dinner around 8. However 8 came and went and there was nothing around, so did 9, and 10.... Finally at 4am we stopped for dinner once again at….. Denny's!
Gack! Not Denny’s again! It’s bringing back painful memories.

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We sat down in Denny's and we were pretty much the only ones there until a couple of minutes later some ladies and their gentleman friend came in and were seated right next to us.
Now here is the part I have to word delicately, from the attire of the ladies and their gentleman friend, the conversations we overheard and a little bit of common sense it became apparent that these were ‘ladies of the night’
Seriously. This could be a movie. It reminds me of that movie After Hours from the 80s.

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So these ladies and their man friend were actually really lovely and asked us where we were going. The answer "Disneyyyyyyyworllllllllld" never gets old and always gets a smile out of people. They were all so lovely that we sort of moved our tables together and shared a nice middle of the night meal. So we chatted with the ladies and their friend and this is where things got a little strange…well stranger, can't remember what started it but the tired deliriousness of the day had caught up a little. I remember crawling under a strangers table (ohhhh dear) and Tim making a wonderful napkin hat that he put on and refused to take off... I also remember Bek and I spitting juice all over ourselves in a laughing fit. Nice one.
Would love to know what you were chatting about.


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Old 08-20-2012, 11:18 AM   #71
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Ahh, noticed on your comment that you had a TR link, and I HAD to check it out. So glad I did!

Your adventures sound, I don't wanna say fun, because being searched by border patrol and encountering something straight out of the Hitcher isn't exactly barrels of laughter, so I'll go with memorable!

And now I'm curious to see what happens when you make it into the backwoods of America. (Louisiana and MS) I've lived in both those states and know that they make Texas look like paradise.


I also have to say, I used to joke about road tripping with friends, reading your TR makes me want to spontaneously go on one now!
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Old 08-20-2012, 12:01 PM   #72
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Oh my goodness! It sounds like this trip is turning out to be quite an adventure! Car sickness, hitchikers, stretches of nothingness and now a search by border patrol. Are you sure we aren't related because I thought those sorts of "adventures" only happened to our family.
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Old 08-20-2012, 04:15 PM   #73
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Hmmmmm....if this picture was taken as you were driving up to the inspection station, I might now understand why you were pulled over!
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Old 08-20-2012, 07:04 PM   #74
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I just got all caught up, and, um, I love this trip report. So entertaining!

I have to say, I'm extremely jealous of your spontanious road trip. It's those kind of trips that you end up remembering forever, and give you some amazing stories to tell.

Though I have to say, how did you have any energy left for Disney World? I have a hard time recovering after a 5 hour red eye flight!

Can't wait to see what happens next!
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Old 08-20-2012, 07:10 PM   #75
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I keep checking back for an update i'm withdrawals LOL
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