First order of business before we departed was to take the Journey to the "potty". After dumping its tanks, it felt much better. I know the feeling. ;c)
Yesterday and again today, we had the fun of battling headwinds. Fortunately, the Journey handles well in the winds, but the fuel mileage sure suffers. Normally, we average between 7.5 to 8 mpg. With the wind, we were down in the 6.4-6.5 range. With diesel running around and average of $3.85 a gallon, seeing those mpg numbers on the Journey's dash computer is not fun ($niff).
So, we're making the best of it, mpg be darned. Marti spent most of the trip through Nebraska writing out our Christmas cards.
One of the ways we are able to make such mileage on our long travel days is we eat on the road. Marti prepared some great chow for us. We have two folding tables that we bought at Walmart for about $8 each that come in so handy.
Today we drove 550 miles, the weather has been sunny, the roads clear so we're trying to make as many miles as we can. We saw temperatures run from 36 this morning up to 52 degrees in Western Nebraska, to back down to 32 degrees where we stopped for the night, the Super Walmart in Laramie, Wyoming.
Unfortunately, because we're making so many miles, we have to pass on interesting sites we'd love to see. I've passed under the famous Nebraska Arch now for the sixth time, never being able to stop, but one of these days, we'll get to see the inside. (Just ignore the Dream Catcher hanging from my defroster fan in the blue tint of the windshield).
I have to marvel at technology, we are a connected society today in ways we couldn't even dream about when I was a mere wisp of a lad.
Marti sat on the couch and had a Skype conversation with our grandsons Andrew and Owie back in South Carolina.
The winds finally died off around sunset, we captured the first sunset of our full time life in Wyoming.
As soon as the mpg started picking up again, it began to drop down. Interstate 80 starts climbing in elevation in Wyoming, up to over 8500 feet. It is so slight, you don't really notice it.
The generator is running, we have had an nice dinner and we're kicking back an enjoying our satellite TV. Life on the road is really rough! ;c)
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