I just returned from a trip to Montana. And it proved to be very eye opening for me.
First of all, I could not believe the number of people who thought I was too old to be driving by myself. Even my surgeon told me it wasn't smart for me to drive "all that way" alone. Others told me I was really brave to be taking off like that. I thought they were all over reacting.
I took Daisy (my car) into John's Auto and had them go through Daisy from front to back. They assured me she was ready to go. Daisy is a sweet ride but she doesn't have cruise control or electric windows or door locks. She is 15 years old and I truly wasn't sure how she would do on a long trip.
Sunrise on departure day.
I planned a short travel day for my first day. Wanted to make sure both Daisy and I would do okay. I must admit I was feeling very anxious when I headed out. I just had surgery on my ankle and Achilles tendon. It had been 13 years since I had done much driving. Jim drove about 98% of the time. I was also taking this journey alone without Jim.
My first day on the road did not go smoothly. Not because of Daisy or me. We were on I-10 headed to Parker for the night. A semi truck filled with gas and diesel fuel, over turned and spilled its load. The highway was shut down going both directions at 10:15 a.m. and did not reopen until 5:45p.m. We were inching along and it took us 3 1/2 hours to go about 5 miles to the exit to get off. Daisy did not overheat (it was close to 110 degrees) and I was sure glad her air conditioning was working.
This is part of a machine that they use to clean up the spilled fuel.
Got to the motel in Parker and they gave me a key to a room that was already occupied. Finally got a key to an empty room and collapsed.
When I had a chance to think about the day, I knew we were going to push on.
So I haven't been blobbing, but I'm ready to blog and there are several posts to come.