Saturday, June 25, 2011

Stormy Road Ahead - The First Leg from Maine to New Jersey

Matt had brilliantly planned our route south from Maine.  He took into account the travel time and distance through each major city along our beloved East coast to meticulously avoid each rush hour and “sun in the eyes” time.  Our trip started around four in the afternoon, leading us through New York at dark. 

The girls seemed confused and edgy, certainly reflecting our own feelings as we left our beloved Maine.  What was ahead?  What would Texas be like?  We had no idea.  I can’t imagine the girls had any thoughts of this, but the drive early on was tense and uncertain.  We felt displaced and alone -tiny specks on a map line, eating mile after mile of road.  We wondered what our friends in Portland were doing as we lumbered on towards Texas. 

We kept our eyes peeled for rest areas that were well lit and busy enough to seem welcoming, but deserted enough to allow Nyxie to stretch her legs without creating a scene.  We stopped about every four hours.  We both love road trips, but Matt is definitely the one best capable of driving long distances.  The older I get, the more apt I am to feel dreadfully sleepy while driving unless something keeps me company.  Matt needed sleep on his breaks and the girls’ quiet panting was mesmerizing.  Haimmie slumbered in his hammock and Miss Poo continued being a snake – neither of which provided any sort of lively company.  My eyes started to droop somewhere in New Jersey until I saw the first streak if lightening.  Seconds later, I heard the thunder and knew it was time to stop again before the rain followed.

Haimmie snoozed in his hammock most of the drive, oblivious to the miles rushing past us.

The New Jersey rest stop was bright and gaudy, with neon signs advertising coffee and pizza.  I wanted neither but the girls needed water and a leg break.  Turning off the engine woke Matt and we carefully extracted the girls from their tiny half-backseat.  Each of these walks was nerve-wracking for me.  I imagined the girls dashing past me in their excitement to get out of the car.  I imagined broken leashes and injuries that would require emergency vet care.  I imagined losing my girls and that fear was physically painful.  As they were growing restless and undoubtedly infected by my own fear, I decided to slip them a sedative cocktail.  I gave each girl a Pill Pocket with dreamy drugs – just enough Ace Promazine for their weight range.  Another thunder crack, this time closer than the last.  With Arwen and Nyxie back in the car, and Matt still snoozing away his well-earned nap, I headed into the rest stop and did some comfort shopping – Twinkies, Cokes, a candy bar and a couple of bottled waters.  I couldn’t find anything I could justify buying in the rest stop, and just made it back to the xB (remember the magical car?) as plump rain drops pelted the windshield.  The storm was upon us. 

Note all the space around Arwen?  NOT taken while on our road trip.  Imagine Nyxie next to her, both squished by "stuff"

“Where are we?” muttered Matt, lifting his hat from his face.

“Still in New Jersey.  There’s a nasty storm rolling in so we’ll be here awhile.”

“Damn” he exhaled, settling farther into his pillow.  Behind him, the girls rested their heads and eyes began to droop.  I sat wide awake, scanning the parking lot and locking the doors. 

“Go to sleep, girls – Momma’s got you covered.”

Soooo sleeeepy.....

Please check out a couple of articles I've written lately.  Feel free to "Like" or leave comments!

The 1st is about my imaginary summer vacation and is featured on the Fido Friendly Blog.

The 2nd discusses some of what we found in Dallas when we arrived and is featured on the HelloDallas website.


  1. we don't like that thunder and lightening. Say hi to all our relatives in NJ
    Benny & Lily

  2. Mom used to drive the I-81 route from MA to Harrisonburg, VA and she hated it. Too many big trucks and she kept having to get coffee to stay awake.

    Great summer dream vacation - oh, to be able to visit the East coast again too.

    Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

  3. Harrooo mates! What an adventure that must have been! Thanks for visiting our little bloggy- #1 says the snow is less than an hour drive~I'll send some cooling siber vibes your way! We read a couple of articles from your link there- if wooos are ever in Wyoming Ra can join Arwen with putting the wolves in formation!! Be well mates!

  4. Best wishes for your journey! I know that it's quite a drive.

  5. Hi Y'all,

    Waiting with baited left us in suspense here.

    Y'all come by now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

  6. Long road y'all traveled. Great telling of the story! :D

    Waggin at ya,

  7. Wowserz!! That's a big trip! Nala hates thunder and lightning -- she would have been going crazy!

    Woofs & hugs,

    ~Bailey (Yep, I'm a girl!)

  8. I can feel the tension. It can be scary driving at night, especially when you're embarking on a major life change and driving into a storm. Yikes. It goes without saying but I'll say it anyway: I'm glad you didn't lose the girls!

  9. I think I'm in love with little Haimmie.

  10. What an adventure you move was! Almost enough to make a less determined family head back East into the safety and comfort of the familar! You guys were true pioneers!

  11. That's a great and brave move of you!

    I love it when you said,“Go to sleep, girls – Momma’s got you covered.”
    The girls are so lucky to have you!

  12. You really have a knack for storytelling... can't wait to read more!

  13. You are such a good writer. Do you do it for a living??
    Waiting for more!!!
    xx, Fern

  14. Happy Thursday woofs & hugs! :)

    ~Bailey (Yep, I'm a girl!)

  15. Wow - how scary. I'm a worrier too, and would have imagined the same horrible outcomes that you did. Fingers crossed that the rest of your trip goes smoothly.


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