Well…we made it to Wisconsin! To be honest, I was a little anxious about how we were all going to do. Em and Bubba have road tripped before, but this was Eydan’s first time. I was also a tad nervous because Eydan was sleep deprived due to the cold he has been battling, and Bubba got sent home the day prior with pink eye…So glad to report that they all did AWESOME! We traveled through 3 different states (not including beautiful Colorado) in 16 hours. Sixteen hours in a car packed with 3 kids, 1 “big kid”, pillows, suitcases, movies, a cooler full of carbon dioxide-emitting dry ice, snacks, protein farts, audio books, and less than a handful of “Are we there yet” comments, and me. Yes, protein farts. Don’t be jealous or worried-they weren’t mine.
Throughout the drive I came to the realization that I love the Midwest. Colorado, Iowa, and Wisconsin are absolutely beautiful. Sorry Husker fans, it was dark through Nebraska so I can’t be sure, but I’m pretty sure we didn’t miss much. Anyway, I loved the scenery. Although every once in a while it would get blocked by the Dodge Ram pickup that would speed up, get next to us, and slow down, then speed up. Ugh…a few hours of this and I also realized that this makes me quite irritable. Thinking back we should have rolled down the window and let him get a wiff of the protein farts! That might have deterred him a bit. The funniest thing about this pickup was that he had glued a Corona bottle underneath the mouth of the Ram emblem on his tailgate. So for a while, our view was of a Ram sipping on a Corona. Keep it classy Mr. Dodge.
Finally, he took an exit and our view was no longer blocked. Like I said…I love the Midwest. Not so much of the road kill and splatters of blood on the sides of the road. Pretty sure we ran over a “chunk of something” and that “chunk of something” decided to break loose from underneath the car a few miles down the road. Sorry for the visual, but the thump had us worried for a while. For a while we thought our cooler packed with green chile cooler was ready to explode…Then we pulled over and Ray noticed some remnants on the tire. Yummy.
No…What I loved was the water towers, the King Kong diners, the silos, the old tattered barns, the rolling hills, the random billboards, the jet planes on stands, the wind turbines, the truck stops where Eydan would greet everyone, the dinosaurs on the side of the road, and crossing the M-I-S-S-I-S-S-I-P-P-I river. Most of all I love that we get an entire week to spend with our little niece (and her parents of course). So glad we made it safe and sound.