Friday, December 29, 2017

Coast to Coast Day 4- Arizona to New Mexico

Challenge of the day: staying awake.

One might argue that staying in Las Vegas as long as we did and not going to bed until 1am when we had to drive 7.5 hours today was a regrettable idea. Despite the exhaustion, I regret nothing. This is why my friends and family gave me Starbucks gift cards for Christmas, right?

Today has overall been uneventful, though I stayed amused by road signs...

Billboards in the order I've seen them:

Nevada: Gamble here!!!
Arizona: Didn't get lucky in Vegas? Try our casino.
New Mexico: Get help for problem gambling.

Then there are the fabulous Burma-Shave signs that feed you a few words at a time along the highway:

If you / Don't know / Whose signs / These are / You can't have / Driven very far

Thirty days/ hath September/April, June/and a speed offender.

In Kingman, AZ, we stopped by a Route 66 shop so that I could nab a pin for my jacket. While we were there the lady talked us into driving the remainder of Arizona via 66. She handed us a cute little red passport filled with fun facts about the towns we would see. There were also places where local businesses would stamp the passport, but we sadly did not have time to stop at them. Someday I'll come back and drive this to collect the stamps!

Driving 66 took a tiny bit longer, but it was so worth it. The road was far more scenic and it kept us from having to dodge so many trucks. I-40 is a major truck route and it get's kind of annoying sometimes.

Other than stopping at a couple of Route 66 shops in Arizona and New Mexico, it's been a fairly uneventful day. We did get to meet one of my mom's long-time internet friends at a pizza place, however! She seemed nice. Now we are stopped for the night in Albuquerque- cue the lengthy Weird Al story song!

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Coast to Coast Day 3: Nevada to Arizona

This has by far been the most fun day on the trip:

Kicked off the day a little freaked out- couldn't get my key into the lock on my car. Didn't strike me until later that washing my car last night might have been a poor choice- forgot about the freezing overnight temps because compared to Idaho, Nevada seemed so warm! So yeah, my locks were frozen. Whoops. But we got into the passenger side and still hit the road, so yay!

From there, mom and I took a couple hour detour down the Extraterrestrial Highway in an attempt to hunt down the famed Area 51. We didn't make it to the gates of the mysterious air force base, but we had fun taking photos at tourist traps along the way and suspecting every black SUV we saw to be a potential secret service van tailing us.

After that, I did the sketchiest sounding thing I've ever done: met a guy in Las Vegas. The less sketchy side of the story: he is a worship pastor who is the son of a missionary family and is actually a super nice dude. We got lunch, then him, mom, and I went to an aquarium and explored a little of the Las Vegas Strip and walked around inside of the Mandalay Bay and the Excalibur (a hotel that looks kinda like the Disney castle). We also saw the Statue of Liberty, a pyramid, a sphinx, the Eiffel Tower, and the glitziest most so-totally-trying-to-be-classy McDonald's I’ve ever encountered.

Jared (my Vegas friend) was amazing and drove me and mom around the strip in his Mustang. We got a little lost getting back, and the traffic and lights were pretty overwhelming, so it made me SUPER glad he was driving us (even when we did almost side-swipe a limo- but hey, he still handled the place better than we would have). Anywho, we made it safely back to my Companion Cube, said goodbye, and armed with caffeine (yay Jared for buying me coffee!) and map apps, me and mom made it safely out of town and are now in Kingman Arizona, on the historic Route 66.

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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Coast to Coast: Day 2- South Idaho to Nevada

9:05 AM: Caldwell Auto Repair rocks. They got us in super fast on short notice. Waited for around an hour-ish to get the part put in and now we are back on the road! YAY. Here's to hoping the worst is behind us.

11:44 AM: The last two hours have been the best so far. Chill, no emergency lights, and an episode of Vinyl Cafe for laughs. Lunch and a side stop at an aromatherapy shop in Twin Falls now.

5:38 PM: Mom (after 5 hours on the road): I could really use a whoopie-cushion right about now!

Me: A what??

Mom: Oh. Um. Like one of those hemorrhoid pillows.

7:10 PM: MUCH better travel day today!

First thing in the morning a nice mechanic fixed the sensor on my car for a reasonable price. After that, we had a nice uneventful drive and hit up an aromatherapy shop in Twin Falls, Idaho.

From there we left the frozen Idahoan landscape and made it into the desolate (and surprisingly pretty and mountainous!) land of Nevada, where we were instantly greeted with a town called "Jackpot" that was nothing but casinos for a mile.

Mostly the drive was uneventful (I'll take that gladly after yesterday!), however, we did have one exciting moment: in the middle of nowhere, we almost had a head-on collision at 80mph with a pickup truck who was on the wrong side of the road. Turns out he is some kind of outlaw who is on the run from the cops! Seconds later two police came zooming by. I had to laugh. That guy is kind of an idiot- there is literally NOTHING out there for miles. When he runs out of gas, there is nowhere to hide. I hope I can find out more. I'm pretty curious what on earth he did.

Anyhow, we are now in Ely, Nevada for the night. We are super thankful for a great hotel, a working car, safe travels, and a climate where we can now feel our feet :)

Thank you all for your prayers! <3

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Coast to Coast: Day 1- Washington to South Idaho

Not gonna lie, this has literally been the worst day of my life. I almost passed out this morning and felt yucky. When we finally hit the road, I rear-ended a guy. No damage to him but his trailer hitch punched a hole in my front bumper. Hours later, my check engine light came on and I found out I have to get a sensor replaced ASAP. Then we hit fog and after a bad experience in dangerously thick fog, I apparently have a phobia of fog and had a panic attack. Now we are finally safe at a hotel over an hour away from our originally intended destination for the day. Pray the rest of this trip makes a dramatic turnaround and starts going well. On the upside, I have the best friends on the planet. I dunno what I would do without your support ❤️

Monday, December 25, 2017

I Am Driving Coast to Coast!

Tomorrow marks the start of my first ever coast to coast road trip!

I am moving from Washington state to North Carolina for an apprenticeship in marketing, which will last for at least half the year and possibly end in a new full-time job for me. Exciting times!

In honor of my biggest adventure yet, I shall do two things.

1. I will write a daily blog post for each day of travel.

2. I am going to try to collect a pin or patch for my bomber jacket in every state I visit (that I've not yet been to).

That's all for now... Merry Christmas!