Life as an Extreme Sport

Albany, New York

We made a break for it and drove the rest of this nearly straight, leaving Erie a bit later than we wanted, but satiated with what have become addictive McDonald’s breakfasts. My poor arteries are probably solid by now. It was my own weeklong version of SuperSize me… We also had fun today, and you should definitely look at these photos. We, for the first time, took a break to see a national monument – the first for the trip. We went to Niagara Falls! A very tired all of us. I got some lovely photos, so take a looksee. I’ll definitely be going back to Niagra Falls, just to spend more time, see the Canadian side, see the Falls at dark – all that fun, touristy stuff.

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Erie, Pennsylvania

This day did not start well, what with the trailer having its license plate stolen, then Lunar getting out of the SUV at the above-pictured rest stop (yes, really, that’s the inside of a rest stop in Indiana) and making a break for it. The day just got worse from there – I’m surprised we were speaking to one another by the end of it. I was always getting up last on the trip, so Dad had gone outside and seen the problem with the trailer before I was even out of the shower. That, combined with a distinct lack of coffee and absolutely horrific and grossly expensive breakfast put him in a nasty mood, and he took it out on his driving, nearly getting into accidents several times (once nearly involving my mother and me). Then, to top things off, I needed to change the water for the cats,

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Grand Island, Nebraska

Drive tally: 618 miles Total: 1524 miles Too tired, tonight, to write much – we did make it almost through Nebraska today (only about 200 miles left), though, and are officially in Central Time. Not much to say, but I did get the photos uploaded. Dad swears it’s getting boring soon, but he’s said that for most of the trip, and Mom and I have stayed enthralled by the dramatic and gorgeous landscape. I used Audible for the first time this evening, buying about $20 worth of audio to listen to tomorrow (all Greg Proops – w00t!); actually $30, when you count the year long membership fee, but they gave me credit for one free, so it all works out in my advantage, as what I bought was worth about $35. I’ll probably sign up for the free NYTimes subscription, too, and have a go at listening to the newspaper

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Rock Springs, Wyoming

We only drove about 580 miles today, which is a far cry from what Dad wanted us to get. He’d not switched us over to Mountain Time last night, which meant that by the end of the day, we’d gotten hours lost and mixed up. Plus, I think he just doesn’t want to admit that he’s not driving as fast as he thought we would be. Still, we’re 1/3rd of the way done. We didn’t hit Cheyenne tonight, but are instead in Rock Springs, Wyoming. Oddly enough, my uncle might be here, too – he works oil, and right now the fields are in full production mode. That, combined with the Real Life, Honest to Goodness Working Rodeo (yes, so impressed I capitalized) Roundup going on right now meant hotel rooms were hard to find. Still, we did it. I’m planning on more than 5 hours of sleep tonight (ahem,

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