TUESDAY, JULY 11: Well, I just have to say that I'm incredibly disappointed! I'm in Laramie and so far I haven't found anyone named Jess Harper! Yeah, I know ... wrong show. (But I haven't run into his look-alike Carl Wheeler either.) Very strange weather on today's drive. Just east of Cheyenne, I saw the outside temperature listed as 100 degrees. Then I got to Laramie which is probably less than 50 miles from that 100 degree mark and it was 79 degrees. And OMG! The speed limit in parts of Wyoming is 80 mph! And where it isn't 80 it's mostly 75 ... even in some construction zones which just really amazes me. But I do have to say that what amazes me even more are the number of drivers who drive along in the left lane even when 1) there's hardly any traffic on the Interstate, and 2) signs are posted every mile that say "Keep Right Except to Pass" or "Slower Traffic Keep Right." Clearly those drivers don't know that the signs aren't just suggestions ... they're laws. As my service to the Valley ... from someone who's driven in every one of the lower 48 States ... the majority of the lower 48 have laws that say even if you're going the speed limit but you're impeding drivers who are going faster than you (i.e., they're speeding), and you CAN move into the right lane, you're required by law to move into the right lane (on the theory that it's not your job to enforce speed limits and you're more of a hazard if people have to weave around you). And that's not to say that I'm one of those who significantly exceeds the speed limit. I set my cruise control 2-3 mph over the speed limit but I still encounter drivers who refuse to move out of the left lane and force drivers to pass them on the right. And I'm sorry because I know that sounds like a rant (yeah, okay, it IS a rant) but it's a pet peeve of mine. Google "slow poke laws" if you don't believe me. Two more days of driving ahead of me.
SUNDAY, JULY 9, 2017: It's early morning (almost 2 a.m. as I write this) and I'm just about ready to head to bed, having done everything I could possible do today to be ready to leave no later than 10 a.m. for my first day on the road. I moved A LOT of boxes today, trying to find everything I need to take and my car is FULL. I still have more to add in the morning and I'm not really sure where I'll find the space. But I'll fit it all in somehow. I bought some collapsible boxes this year and loaded them with things that are "consumed" at the Gathering (i.e., things that don't come home with me like the speakers and microphone) so I'll have a little more space AFTER the Gathering. Looking forward to getting on the road in the morning and can't wait to see "old friends" in Reno. But I have to admit that I kinda hate the thought that in ten days, the Gathering will be over.
SATURDAY, JULY 1, 2017: I'm calling my blog "On the Road Again!" because that's what Gatherings have become for me. Road trips. From my home north of Atlanta to the hotel in Reno is approximately 2,395.0 miles. That's five solid days of driving. Why don't I fly ... 1) I hate getting through airports, 2) I LOVE to drive, 3) half the things we use at our Gatherings are in my garage and will be loaded in my car, and 4) after we're done, I'm heading out on the road trip portion of my trip. Up to Idaho, down to Utah, over to Colorado (multiple relatives in the Vail / Denver area), and then home. Along the way will be some State and National Parks (only one is a repeat but I really LOVE Capitol Reef National Park so it's on the route).
Doubt that I'll have too many pictures to share on the way TO Reno but I'll try to share some from the drive home. I pull out of my driveway one week from tomorrow and arrive in Reno on Thursday, July 13. A day (plus a few hours) for prep ... then let the fun begin!