Road trips aren’t all fun and games. Sometimes the very thought of driving any longer makes me want to crawl out of my own skin. But, when we have to go across the country in a certain amount of time, we have to push through those times. The exhaustion of the many days of travel always hits Buttons first. I’m not sure why, but she is the first one to get a little out of sorts.
Then, it’s me. I admit it. The exhaustion of travel always hits me sooner than anyone else. I’m still not sure why. Maybe it’s the responsibility of keeping everyone happy and moving on with life while we’re on the road. It seems to be one of the things that I do best.
Day nine of our cross country road trip was the worst day for me. We were traveling from Arizona through Nevada and into California. When we got onto I-40 in California, I took over driving while Mike took a nap. Emma and Jensen were working on some math work while Buttons and Chocolate slept away. We were driving through the south east of California and believe me, there is nothing for hours. It is extremely dry and warm. We stopped at a rest area before I took over the wheel and were surprised to see “water” signs at the rest area. When we got out of the truck, we knew why. It was shocking how dry the climate was. We filled our water bottles and headed out. For the two hours that I drove West on I-40 there was nothing to look at. Jensen had a hard time with his math paper, “It’s boring and stupid”, and he didn’t want to do it. Ugh, kid, you’re so good at math. “I know it’s boring for you, but you have to practice the work on the paper not just doing it in your head.”
I even got a sun burn on my left arm from the intense sunlight beaming through the driver side window.
It was a rough couple of hours.
I wanted to pull over and take a nap, but I had to keep going. Eventually, I found the turn off on the exit towards Lancaster. I was relieved to get some food and hand over the wheel to Mike.
Those exhausting days are worth it since seeing new places is always invigorating. We have seen such beautiful sights on our trip, and Mike will fill you in on our self guided tour of Breaking Bad locations in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
More to come,