California or Bust – 1; Decision Made

My life has never been one of making quick decisions. I tend to ponder over what I will do or buy or sell or whatever for long periods of time before doing it. Then I make a plan and make sure what needs to be done is done beforehand. So, for example, when making a trip I write an intinerary which includes each day, where I’ll be, what I’ll do that day, what meals I’ll need, any travelling, etc.

Well I have decided to drive to Calfornia today after work and visit my oldest son, Justin. I’ve never been to his home and he’s been there over a year now. I’ve always wanted to get there but there never seems to be either money or time to do it. Well that ended today. I chatted with Kathy yesterday in the car going to work and then Justin today in an IM session. Then I told my manager that I’m taking off tomorrow and all next week. This is a complete lark – it is an adventure.

Arriving home at about 5:30 PM I packed my car, did some laundry, got some books on tape from the library, kissed Katie goodbye, switched cars at Kathy’s work and off I went. I was on the road at 7:15 PM heading west on 290. Why it took me this long to get ready… I don’t know. It just did.

I drove until 10:15 PM when I started to get drowsy. Pulling over at a rest stop I parked in the long line of cars, trucks and more trucks. Laying the seat back I tried to sleep, but the growl of the truck engines running nearby and the rest stop lights made it hard for me. After two quite loud firecrackers and about one and a half hours of semi-sleep I left that stop and kept driving. Finally about 1 AM I again stopped at a rest stop far from the trucks and slept in the car until about 6 AM. I was still somewhere in Texas, but heading in the right direction – to California and my son.

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