Subject: road trip across U.S.
Hi, Two years ago I moved from CA to NC. My brother flew out from Raleigh to drive across country with me. We are both in our 50's and 60's, so this was a time of some belated "fun". The only time we made advance reservations gave us an opportunity for a laugh to this day. Our first night we got to Las Vegas and the air conditioning went out in my car. So we spent the next day getting it repaired. We left LV about 5 P.M. and headed to Utah. We knew we'd be getting in late so we looked in the AAA Tour book and selected a motel for that night. The quote was $35.00!!!! Well we were most impressed with THAT rate. We figured small towns in Utah had real deals. When we pulled into the parking lot that the middle of August...there was one other car parked there and the other couple was getting out of their car. My brother and I looked at each other and the surroundings and burst out laughing. We just stood there howling. The place was a hoot. The other couple looked at us and we just said, "Private joke". When we went inside to check in, we were told it would be $37.50. Since it was my night to pay for the room, I argued with the guy about the extra $2.50. Well, that's what it was with a bathroom in the room and not down the hall. My brother said just pay the darn $2.50, but I wouldn't let it rest until I got it for $35.

The door to the room had about 1/2 inch of space around the doorframe where you could see out into the hall and the curtain had a gap enabling me to look out onto the main street from my bed. The next morning when we were leaving there was a note on the front desk to just leave the key. This was quite a nice little town....we had breakfast at a rather upscale coffeehouse. I find it hard to remember the name of this town, but my brother brings it up all the time.

He had installed some navigational software on his laptop and it was helpful when we would find ourselves making wrong turns. When we were coming through Lincoln, Nebraska at 5 P.M. on a Friday night, he set it for the fastest route. I was driving and it had me turn into a new subdivision..still in the early stages of construction...then back out the other side. Further along a sign along the road indicated that the paved road ended. My brother looked at me and said, "What did that sign say?" Yep, paved road ends. Well I drove along a gravel road for a while wondering where the heck we were going, when it had us turning right on to major road We totally and completely missed all the traffic!

It took us 5 or 6 days to make the drive. This included one forced day in Las Vegas and sight seeing tours of Zion, Bryce, Rocky Mountain, the dinosaur park, and a few other things along the way. We added and eliminated based upon our feelings of the moment. We did end up with a really long drive our last day when we drove from Columbia, Missouri to Raleigh, NC. I think that was a 15 hour day. But we just wanted to get here rather than stop one more night.

So enjoy your trip across this great country. There is so much to see and enjoy. Its impossible to see everything along the way, but it will be great fun.

Irene in NC