Wednesday, September 9, 2009

The BIG Drive: Part 5 and 6

The big drive is now over and I'm reporting to you from Indiana. (Thank goodness I was able to find free wifi at Barnes & Noble - books, coffee and free wifi could it get better?)

Highlights for Part 5:
1. After leaving Salina, KS it was more corn fields and what I later learned was soybeans.
2. Missouri is more interesting to drive through than KS. They have corn, soybeans and the occasional hill to drive up or around.
3. Weather was really lousy. Overcast all day.
4. Got to relatives hows (no wireless *sigh*) and lots of visiting eating and then some card play.

Highlights for Part 6 and THE END:
1. Discovered a used bookstore (A-1 Books) in Overland, MO (just south of St Louis). Acquired an additional 8 books and they were off my TBR list *smiles proudly*.
2. Discovered the leasing office closed at 5:30pm and that I really should have left earlier or skipped the bookstore (like that was going to happen).
3. Discovered the Pepper the Prius will indeed go over 100 mph (161 kph)*blink* and still get a fairly decent mpg averaging out at 41 mpg
4. As far as I have discovered there are no major highways that go through Bloomington.
5. The nice folks at the leasing office stayed open for me for an additional 15 minutes so was able to get keys.

1. Got lost trying to figure out where in the hell I'm living (apparently one should update their in-car GPS discs because if they are over 5 years old then its quite likely that some roads and places do not exist.)
2. Bought lots of bleach and bleached the hell out of the bathroom because I can stand any mold even if its in the caulk around the tub. Much happier now.
3. Discovered the whole foods grocery store and it's cheaper to eat organic in CA (go figure)
4. The aerobed worked great after figuring out how to keep it from deflating.
5. Movers will be here later today! Two whole days before the best estimated time of delivery!
6. Cable guy comes tomorrow so should have internet at home sometime tomorrow afternoon!
7. Already discovered a fairly decent used bookstore (The Book Rack) (across the street from B&N, sometimes getting lost has its perks).

Now off to buy some bathroom things and more groceries.

So the stats:
Distance: 2383 miles or 3835 km
Driving time (minus stops and detours): 35 hours
Books read: 2
Books acquired: 21


Wendy said...

Oh there has to be freeways. You're in a college town! But you'll soon notice that the freeway system is set up a lot differently. One thing I can't get used to in Cali is how you drive down some dinky side-street and viola! There's an entrance to the freeway - LOL.

Organic food may be more, but on the bright side your rent should be a lot cheaper. It still makes me sick to remember what I paid in rent back in Michigan. Needless to say I'm paying about 4 times as much in So. Cal.

I'm glad you found a semi-decent UBS already! Finding a romance-friendly UBS in a college town can be kinda tricky....

Jennifer B. said...

So glad you've arrived safely! Love the "Books Acquired"--only a romance reader, LOL.

Enjoy the fun of putting together your new digs.

lisabea said...

Welcome to your new home!

I LOL'd at the 21 books acquired. That's awesome. :)

Cybercliper said...

Yea!!! Congrats on the safe arrival and hey you've actually arrived with more books than you left with. That's a pretty good trip!!! Good luck on getting settled in.

orannia said...

Am so glad that you arrived safely. How is your new house? Good I hope? And YAH for the furniture movers being here early!

And I calculated that you bought one book every ~183 km (113 miles). Nice :)

Happy settling in time!

Cecile said...

I am glad that you made it safely!!!! You are you still in my thoughts and prayers!

I love the books acquired!!! LOL!!
Happy Settling in!!

Rosie said...

21 books and 35 hours of driving. Wow, now THAT'S an impressive stat.

lustyreader said...

i LOVED your update posts about your trip, but am so happy you made it safe and sound. my favorite part of all though?

books read: 1
books bought: 21

now THAT is how you build a TBR mountain range. very scary ratio there.

Donna [Fantasy Dreamer's Ramblings] said...

Glad your trip went as smooth as it did and it looks like your getting settle in nicely.

Love the book stats, your talking my kinda numbers. LOL!

Shaymless Aymless said...

Finally finished unpacking! Who knew I had so much stuff. Now I know why I hate moving.

After putting all the books away today (saved it for last and now I can sit a admire all my organized books). I realized I have space for more books! *g*

Wendy: Had to stop at city hall to get a map. I'll figure it out eventually.

LR: Hey I read TWO! that twice as many. *g*

Tracy said...

How much do I love that you bought 21 books during your trip. My kind of girl! So glad you made it there ok!

Christine said...

Welcome to your new home! I'm so glad you got there safely and really enjoyed your updates.

Sarai said...

OMG Did you seriously drive through my neck of the woods and didn't stop in to say hi?!?!?! I can't believe I missed you *pouts* DANG IT!


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