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For those of you waiting for a photo / half blog...

Sunday, November 18, 2012

First off, I'm going to point you to an incredibly supportive Spark friend who came and took photos of our race / event this morning. www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
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Monty (Mirage727) and his wife Darren (DSSecrets) came out just to watch, cheer, and Spark us on. We share a Husker Fan perspective, so there is a connection there, but we actually found each other blogging here on Spark. We had a collection of Super Stars between the cheering section and the running buddies.

It was a cool, humid morning, overcast here in St. Petersburg. We were pumped and up by 4:30 a.m. to get the couple of blocks to the start from the hotel. We connected via cell phone before we dropped off the gear bags. We RAN the PLAN. I was SO proud of us.

We both finished with these HUGE grins on our faces, and it was just over the top that we also both established personal bests for the HM distance (13.1 miles, in case anyone doesn't have that drilled into their brains by prior blogs).

I can't tell you how satisfying it is to have a plan come to fruition like this, but YOU, my fellow Sparkers, already know. It has been a great trip so far, and as predicted, I'm totally ruined for the upcoming Nebraska winter.

I successfully ran away from home. emoticon

  
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LINDAKAY228 11/20/2012 11:18AM

    How wonderful for you and congratulations on your success and having someone running with you! And such a great friend to take the pictures and post the blog is awesome!

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DAWN14163 11/19/2012 3:03PM

    What fantastic medals!!! Great photos, you both looked to be really enjoying yourselves. Congratulations again.
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ANDI571 11/19/2012 2:57PM

    emoticon I am so excited for you. Job well done my friend.

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LESLIELENORE 11/19/2012 11:50AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon How inspiring! I am very impressed.

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OVERWORKEDJANET 11/19/2012 5:30AM

    Well done. Enjoy the Florida sun for a few moments before treking home.
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KRISZTA11 11/19/2012 2:53AM

    Congrats to both of you,
and thanks for sharing the link to pictures! You two look great, strong and happy!
Real inspiration...
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MIRAGE727 11/18/2012 10:16PM

    As mentioned to Martha, thank you for the opportunity! D & I had a wonderful time. In spite of the fact that we didn't do this race, (We did clock some good walking miles!)
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This was so much fun! I can't say enough about meeting you and Marsha! We will get 2013's bling for this race!
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BFFs 4Ever!
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ANOTHERMOMOF2 11/18/2012 9:27PM

    Congratulations!

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1CRAZYDOG 11/18/2012 8:57PM

    Congratulations!!!!!! emoticon emoticon

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MOBYCARP 11/18/2012 8:44PM

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DEBRITA01 11/18/2012 8:41PM

    emoticon You ran away from home ...and in good company. Congrats to you both...awesome job! emoticon

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MJREIMERS 11/18/2012 8:09PM

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You should be so proud of yourself! It is great that you had support when you "ran away." Congrats!!!!

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DLDMIL 11/18/2012 7:53PM

    I read Mirage727 blog and he took some cool pictures. emoticon emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 11/18/2012 6:47PM

    Love love love the pictures . . . what a great community here at SP. Huge congratulations to you and Marsha for planning and carrying out your plan. You have to be totally delighted with your accomplishments!

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ROXYZMOM 11/18/2012 6:41PM

    You guys were too cute - smiling in every picture! I loved looking at all the pictures and reading about your adventure. Thank you!

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KARIDIAN1 11/18/2012 6:28PM

    Checked out the photos and you both looked and did great. Looks like you had a great time and now have added more bling to your medal collection.

Have a safe trip home.

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DEBRA0818 11/18/2012 6:17PM

    Running away from home never sounded so good!!! Great pics of you and your fellow runners from the link you posted. What a great day!

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_LINDA 11/18/2012 6:00PM

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You. Are. So. Amazing!!

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DALID414 11/18/2012 5:35PM

    Awesome job!!

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MDOTZERO 11/18/2012 5:33PM

    Congratulations!! You gals did great!!!

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SHARON10002 11/18/2012 5:05PM

    Wonderful blog with pictures! I knew you'd beat your previous personal best! WOOT!
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SUNNY332 11/18/2012 5:02PM

    You officially "ran away from home". Too funny.

I went to the blog and it was great. Loved seeing the photos of you and Marsha and getting your race medals from the soldiers. Awesome!

Thanks so much for being such a powerful inspiration.

Sunny

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SUSANNAH31 11/18/2012 4:57PM

    The photos are great - and show just how much fun you all had!
Congratulations!!

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Out of the vehicle jail...

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Got to St. Pete relatively early yesterday, which gave me time to walk around. Yes!

My running buddy got here in time to check in for the Half Marathon last night, which gives us today to do some "fun" stuff before tomorrow's main event. Healthy fun, Spark friends, no worries, we aren't going to let the program run off the rails at the last minute.

Observations: meeting on line and later in person? You've got a head start on the "getting to know you"... you are way into follow up questions and comparisons and you can just continue where you left off in the last blog / message board.

Once again... if you can meet your fellow sparkers face to face... go for it!

  
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LJCANNON 11/17/2012 8:33PM

    emoticon I had No Worry that your Fitness Train would go off the track. You have worked too hard for too long, and Fitness has become your "Normal".
emoticon I hope you can hear all of us cheering you Girls on Tomorrow!!!

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ANDI571 11/17/2012 8:09PM

    I have had the pleasure of meeting two Sparkers now. I love it. Good luck tomorrow and have a great time.

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SLENDERELLA61 11/17/2012 7:45PM

    You are so right, Barb!! You are in person just as positive and determined and healthy as you are online. This is so great!! -Marsha

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KARIDIAN1 11/17/2012 7:36PM

    What fun to meet another Sparker. Have fun!

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DALID414 11/17/2012 7:23PM

    Good luck! Have fun!

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MNTWINSGAL 11/17/2012 4:56PM

    I totally agree. Good luck to you both tomorrow!

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WILLOWBROOK5 11/17/2012 2:13PM

    Very neat! Have a great time!

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LESLIELENORE 11/17/2012 9:58AM

    How wonderful. Good luck!

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SUNNY332 11/17/2012 9:34AM

    Today is the day you have been training for and I just know you will do great.

Can't wait to see the next post.

Enjoy your time with your spark friend.

Sunny

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WATERMELLEN 11/17/2012 9:14AM

    So cool to launch right into the middle of the well-established friendship! All best to you both tomorrow!

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ANOTHERMOMOF2 11/17/2012 9:01AM

    Have a fun day!

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1CRAZYDOG 11/17/2012 9:00AM

    glad you made it safe & sound. Good luck! HUGS

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    Enjoy! And have a great race. emoticon

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ROXYZMOM 11/17/2012 7:34AM

    Very cool! Enjoy your day together!!

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MSLZZY 11/17/2012 7:32AM

    Have a wonderful day! HUGS!

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DEBRITA01 11/17/2012 6:57AM

    I'm sure for an active person like yourself, being confined to a car was much like a prison. Glad you made it safe and sound...good luck with your race! emoticon

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OVERWORKEDJANET 11/17/2012 6:46AM

    When are you coming to New Jersey?
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DEBRA0818 11/17/2012 6:40AM

    So glad you made it to a place of fun and enjoyment -- good luck with your race tomorrow and in the meantime enjoy your face-to-face!

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SWEDE_SU 11/17/2012 5:59AM

    sounds like fun - enjoy, and have a great race tomorrow!

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Adventures in Travel

Friday, November 16, 2012

Yesterday, while plagued with the panic point related to the low tire pressure light (it went away on its own, and the tires did not LOOK low), and later by road construction (warning Northerners, the South doesn't get the months of November through March off from this plague), was highlighted with some incredible vistas. I remember reading about the Tennessee Valley Authority and how it created lakes in generating power... well, I drove through the passes of Tennessee after Western Kentucky yesterday and it took my breath away.

Also note I now understand my daughter in law laughing at the rivers in Nebraska. I crossed both the Ohio and the Tennessee rivers in the past two days. All I can say is "Impressive". Speaking of being in awe of modern technology, what about the technology that allows us to blithely drive over bridges and not be stopped by mountains? What an achievement in infrastructure!

Oh, and of course, being me, I have to find those little points over which to shake my head and laugh at myself. The body says "I'm OK" as you approach a rest area, then as soon as you pass it, "I need to go!" No wonder MOTHERS go crazy. I was glad I was driving alone, at a few points, because nobody else (except however many Spark buds read my blogs) knows my chagrin!

Downtown Atlanta? We were STOPPED on I-75. I heard on a local radio station that there had been an accident earlier, but what a mess! We were SO stopped, I took a couple of photos through the windshield and felt totally safe doing so. Certainly weren't going anywhere at the time!

So, now I figure I have only about six or seven hour drive today, and I'm waiting for full daylight. It's drizzling, and might burn off shortly. Meantime, you get this little blog. And I'm going out to walk around before I start driving. emoticon

  
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WATERMELLEN 11/17/2012 9:16AM

    What an epic journey! So glad you made time to stretch those legs regularly!

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SHARON10002 11/16/2012 11:49PM

    You did travel through a beautiful part of this country. But I think each part of it has it's own charm. I have a SIL that lives in the middle of Kentucky Bluegrass Country, and my son just moved to Ohio. I drove one of his cars cross country with him in July. I wish we didn't have to be on such a restrictive time schedule because I would have loved to have stopped to explore more. And yes, road construction is a royal pain! We hit a few good spots of that, too.
I'm so glad your tires and you were OK. How nerve wracking to drive in unknown territory when your car is acting up.
Safe travels tomorrow!

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LJCANNON 11/16/2012 11:24PM

    Thanks for taking us with you on your Road Trip! I can't wait to see the Photos.
emoticon You & Dexter stay safe!!

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KARIDIAN1 11/16/2012 10:13PM

    Glad the tire pressure dealie went away. Ours usually does once they get warm and the air expands.

Drove through Atlanta once, know exactly what you mean about traffic. We were there for the Air Rifle/Pistol Nationals at Wolf Creek where the summer Olympics were held. Great facility, but was getting run down. No $$$ to keep it up.

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ANDI571 11/16/2012 6:27PM

    Where did you cross the Ohio River at? I am about 35 miles from the Ohio River going over into KY from Cincinnati. My towns exit is on I-75. We are right in between Dayton and Cincinnati.

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1CRAZYDOG 11/16/2012 5:33PM

    Glad you're doing the drive safely and taking breaks. Enjoy!!

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MOBYCARP 11/16/2012 5:29PM

    What, you forgot the NY and NJ rivers I'm sure you've seen? More rain, more water, bigger rivers.

The need for rest room breaks and the need to stretch legs on a long road trip has been on my mind as I contemplate future trips out your way. Coming back the last time, as a newbie Sparker, I walked in the evening; but I got less than 8000 steps in two days in a row. That would drive me nuts, now. Oh, well. I'll have to figure it out if I ever want to visit you again.

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DLDMIL 11/16/2012 5:29PM

    AH traffick, it is so much fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LESLIELENORE 11/16/2012 1:35PM

    Here in NY we really have three seasons... Winter, pothole season, and construction season.

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IRONBLOSSOM 11/16/2012 12:26PM

    OH what a lovely drive. I did something similar a few years ago, Indiana to Atlanta and it was so fun. I hear you about rivers though, the Sacramento river is AWESOME but it spreads out into a delta and has multiple channels...when I hit the Mississippi river for the first time I was in total awe. The sun was setting as I drove up and over a bridge and to this day I can picture the scene so clearly.

Atlanta traffic, um yeah, it's insane. My brother used to live there and for a long time he just did without a car, it wasn't worth it! :-)

Have a GREAT trip and take a million pictures!! :-)

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SUNNY332 11/16/2012 11:33AM

    I hate the traffic in Atlanta. The last time we went through there, we were stopped over an hour by an accident too. Yie, yie, yie.

Take care and drive on to your destination safely.

Sunny

BTW - enjoyed the blog written by Dexter. GREAT!

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LKEITHO 11/16/2012 8:42AM

    Sounds like a fascinating road trip. As for the rivers, I would love to see them again. The 'rivers' here are just dry ditches that only get a little water in them after a monsoon storm.

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_LINDA 11/16/2012 8:06AM

    So glad you are getting some fantastic scenery to enjoy on this leg of the journey. We have the usual three seasons here in Saskatoon, fall, winter and road construction :P Looking forward to the photos!
The need for a pit stop will always be in direct proportion to how far away the next one is -the greater the need, the farther away :P I do miss the road trips Mom and I used to take.
Have a Fantastic Friday!

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LEANJEAN6 11/16/2012 7:58AM

    Oh Barb! Be careful driving!--Yes, I will look for a race---- Wouldn't it be the best to see you??--- emoticon Lynda

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MSLZZY 11/16/2012 7:46AM

    Excellent idea. Stretch those legs often. You need
to be ready for your big day! HUGS!

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ANOTHERMOMOF2 11/16/2012 7:40AM

    I remember driving through Atlanta the other summer. We had the good fortune to be there on a Sunday morning while many were not out on the roads. It was a long drive from Wichita KS to Orlando FL.

Safe travels and have a great day!

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ROXYZMOM 11/16/2012 7:38AM

    What a great adventure you are on! I hope I get a chance to take a road trip like the one you are on some day. It must feel so liberating!
Thanks for sharing your journey - stay safe!

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DEBRA0818 11/16/2012 7:18AM

    What a great big beautiful country we have; nothing confirms that like driving through it. Safe journey to your destination today!

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EBEAMS 11/16/2012 7:06AM

    Oh .... I love KY and TN! So beautiful in such a different way than where I live! I'm feeling joy just reading your words! Be safe!

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Dexter's Journey

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Hi, my name is Dexter, and I am Barb's Honda Fit. She's done / asked me to do some strange things since she took me home last May, but driving myself while she takes a phone call is NOT one of them. That silly little phone was ringing inside her bag and she ignored it until she made me pull off the road and stop after we successfully negotiated the change of highways.

But LAST NIGHT? She left me outside this building they call a motel in the mountains and this strange substance grew on my windows and lens covers overnight... in fact it covered my whole outsides. It was cold and white. I had to really run my defrosters to get it off in the morning. And the cold temperatures made my tire inflation signal go on in the morning. That freaked her out a bit, but then she remembered the GPS could search out a Honda dealer anytime she wanted, and give her driving directions.

The old cars in the lot used to tell me stories about the old days when humans actually read papers called maps, and calculated gas mileage using something called long division! Travel is so much easier these days. They have these overhead message boards that even say which routes have delays in big cities. Doesn't STOP I-75 in downtown Atlanta from turning into a parking lot when something happens in the city, but at least it warns the drivers that it's coming.

Anyway, she's left me outside of one of those motel things again... there is this funny looking tree beside it. She called it a palm tree. What an odd thing. Its leaves are all spiky and its trunk all covered in diamond shapes.

And her? She seems to be nuttier every day. Muttering about coiled springs and being cooped up. She says tomorrow's drive will be shorter. Oh, and she promises photos of that parking lot, when she gets home and can upload them.

  
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WATERMELLEN 11/17/2012 9:17AM

    So cute!! That Dexter should probably have his own Spark page . . . big weight loss upcoming when you unload post trip, I'm thinking!!

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LESLIELENORE 11/16/2012 1:34PM

    I got rid of my car, but it wasn't nearly as smart as Dexter.

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IRONBLOSSOM 11/16/2012 12:30PM

    Hahaha, nice! The tire gague was probably just because it was colder than normal. Tire air expands as it heats up. You probably still want to check it soon ish, but as long as they don't look or feel low you should be fine.

That is how I always know if mine are getting low though, the warning light will come on for the first 5-10 minutes of driving then go off. Then I know I have about a week to fill it before the light is on all the time and I start feeling a difference. I recently got new tires though (yay!) so I'm hoping the slow leak is gone! :-)

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_LINDA 11/16/2012 7:57AM

    emoticon emoticon A Smart & Fit car, naturally :)

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DEBRA0818 11/16/2012 6:04AM

    Jeez even your car is Fit.

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OVERWORKEDJANET 11/16/2012 5:45AM

    HA HA

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LJCANNON 11/16/2012 12:32AM

    emoticon Well Done, Dexter!! This is the BEST Car Blog I have EVER read!!.
I do hope you don't have to suffer that white stuff any more. We Humans don't like it either.

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MNTWINSGAL 11/16/2012 12:10AM

    So this is what they mean when they speak of smart cars?

Now that you are in the land of palm trees, no frost on the windshield tomorrow morning. Woo Hoo! Almost there!

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PEZMOM1 11/15/2012 10:44PM

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ROXYZMOM 11/15/2012 10:26PM

    LOL!!!

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DLDMIL 11/15/2012 10:15PM

    love this blog. emoticon emoticon

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DALID414 11/15/2012 10:15PM

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I love talking cars!

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MSLZZY 11/15/2012 10:12PM

    You would think it was her first exposure to cold
temperatures or you are accustomed to being in
a nice warm garage. Owners do strange things when
they travel. Don't worry! She'll be fine when she
gets her HM behind her. HUGS!

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KARIDIAN1 11/15/2012 10:00PM

    That white stuff is called Frost. My Subby is well acquainted with it in Minnesota. Cold weather sometimes makes the low pressure tire light come on.
Happens to my DH Subby a lot in the cold weather. Just need to stay on top of it and check the tire pressure more often in the winter. Could also be a battery in the tire indicator.

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Bonus blog: 612 miles, per the google map directions

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

That's how far I went in 12 total hours, including stops, road construction and the unexpected cell phone call from work person. Sheesh! Who calls someone on vacation "I have a specific question, hope you don't mind."

Worse, who calls a military mom who is driving on her cell phone? Visions of Class A uniforms dance in your head! I happened to be negotiating a change of highways near St. Louis at the time this call came in and at first it irked the heck out of me.

Later I decided to be grateful instead that it WAS something stupid, and not some emergency I couldn't do anything about anyway!

ps. can you tell I'm having trouble with wrist/thumb hitting the touch pad and posting when I am NOT ready? Tablets are portable, but they can be a pain.

Anyway, have I mentioned lately this is a gorgeous nation we inhabit?

Waved toward Sunny as I drove through Missouri! It was too dark to see any of Nebraska or Iowa. Pulled out of the driveway at 5 a.m., stopped at motel in Paducah, KY at 5 p.m. Nice room with internet access, thus I'm posting. Who knows what tomorrow will bring?

Have a Sparking great Thursday, all!

  
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LJCANNON 11/16/2012 12:29AM

    emoticon Glad that you are Safely Enjoying your Drive. Just look at the Work Phone Call as - They cannot make it without you. You are Indispensable!!!

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MOBYCARP 11/15/2012 8:59PM

    That's good progress for driving through new territory! And yes, those calls while driving can be annoying. They're less so since I got a bluetooth headset; if I remember to wear it, answering is just tap the button on my ear.

Of course, all my calls are from my daughter. I'd be annoyed at a call from work, too.

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LINDAKAY228 11/15/2012 12:06PM

    Yes I've had those annoying phone calls that aren't emergencies when on vacation driving long distances. Glad that nothing was serious with any of those calls and you had a safe trip. That's a lot of mileage! Too bad some of it you couldn't see because of the dark. Enjoy the rest of your vacation!

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LESLIELENORE 11/15/2012 11:31AM

    Glad your trip is going okay!

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SUNNY332 11/15/2012 9:31AM

    I love that trip through southern Illinois into Kentucky.

We stayed at Paducaht one year on our way to Florida.

Thanks for the "wave by". Had I know, I would have been
standing on the front porch.

Best wishes on the half marathon!

Huggers, Sunny

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CASEYTALK 11/15/2012 9:03AM

    I don't answer my phone when I'm driving. If my son is in the car, I'll ask him to answer it. Very often, that results in the other person hanging up as they think they have reached a wrong number. I have a deep voice, but my son's basso profundo is unmistakably male.

Whatever they are calling about, it will keep until I can get somewhere to check it safely. We survived before we had cell phones and we will survive now -- but only if we DO NOT check them while driving.

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KRICKET57 11/15/2012 8:35AM

    Sounds like you are having a great trip. Enjoy!

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LEANJEAN6 11/15/2012 6:44AM

    Barb--Come on up here --to Northern Ontario---- We live along the North Shore of Lake Huron----Lynda emoticon

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OVERWORKEDJANET 11/15/2012 5:44AM

    Soak it up in your head. The best place for beautiful vistas.

Nice milage. I love to drive; should have been a trucker. emoticon

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EATVEGAN 11/15/2012 1:32AM

    I tried to answer my cell phone when on a trip once (not on a major highway) and accidentally threw it on the floor. Needless to say, I didn't try that again. Both CA and OR have laws now that you can only talk if you have a Bluetooth.

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MSLZZY 11/14/2012 11:20PM

    Quite a journey you are making. So glad things
are going well, despite the phone call. Have a
super Thursday! HUGS!

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DALID414 11/14/2012 10:01PM

    Wow!
I don't like driving out of my TMZ (Thirty Mile Zone)!!

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1CRAZYDOG 11/14/2012 9:43PM

    Ohhhh boy . . . my family and friends know better than to call me on the cell phone unless it's an emergency! LOL I know what you mean.

Well, glad you're safely tucked in for a rest. Good golly Miss Molly, you packed on the miles!

HUGS and travel safely.

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KARIDIAN1 11/14/2012 9:22PM

    Great progress on your trip. I get calls when I am on vacation sometimes, just goes with the job. One time everyone was told not to call me, on pain of death, so they all emailed me instead. emoticon

I missed your wave to me in MN as you drove by. emoticon I don't live too far from Sunny. But I was busy doing yard work today. It was a wonderful warm (mid 50's) and sunny day here in MN. Took advantage of it since there won;t be many more.

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_LINDA 11/14/2012 9:04PM

    I hope I am not reading this right that you actually took a cell phone call while driving at highway speeds?? That is how accidents can happen :( My province has rightly enacted severe fines for anyone caught texting or being on their cell phone while driving. My nephew went into the ditch because of it and a friend had her car rammed sideways by an idoit running a red light because they were on their phone. Its a touchy subject with me. I don't wish to see my friends injured or dead for want of a call. The thing about them -the message will always be there and as soon as you find a safe plce to pull over can return the call, a few minutes one way or the other won't make any difference -the news will always be the same.
I will get off my soapbox now and say, wow, that is a pile of miles to drive and is now why I appreciate airplane travel :) I get stiff just thinking about that long a ride :P

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WATERMELLEN 11/14/2012 9:01PM

    Epic journey under way. So cool!! (Sorry but I think "work person" was being a moron . . . really!!)

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DEBRA0818 11/14/2012 8:27PM

    You are making excellent time!

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ONEKIDSMOM 11/14/2012 8:19PM

    Yes, I've really been enjoying the drive. Too bad I can't both concentrate on driving AND get great photos at the same time. The panoramas coming down from Illinois into Western Kentucky... amazing!

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SLENDERELLA61 11/14/2012 7:59PM

    Hey, great to hear from you. You are making good time! Glad you are getting to see some of the gorgeous nation, too. That's a real bonus!!

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DLDMIL 11/14/2012 7:29PM

    I always get a call when I am on vacation. You made great progress today, drive safe and hve a good time.

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