Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Greetings from the road - Day #2

So, Nebraska is a long state to drive from West to East, I must say. And nothin' but cornfields all the way. Wow! The landscape has the occasional ruined homestead -- a vivid reminder of the pioneer days of this country. But mostly it's just cornfield after cornfield after cornfield.

The temperature in Kimball, NE, this morning was about 35 degrees. In Urbandale, Iowa, this evening, it was 65. And it rained most of today, but there were enough breaks for me to be able to relax at the wheel for a bit before the next patch of rain started. Fortunately, none of it was pouring rain -- I'm very thankful I didn't have to deal with that.

I made it into Iowa today -- Urbandale is a suburb of Des Moines. Along Interstate 80 in Iowa are these absolutely enormous wind turbines -- modern windmills. And I mean, they are HUGE. And so high that the tops -- the windmill part -- were in the low-ceiling clouds, which meant that as I drove along down the highway, the enormous windmills loomed out of the mist and cloud. Very eerie and very cool. I wish I'd had a camera, but I wasn't about to stop driving just to take pictures today. Sorry!

Tomorrow my goal is to get to Ohio. We'll see. My left leg was pretty well cramped up by the time I pulled in tonight at 6:15 p.m. I'd driven for 10 hours today -- well, driving for a bit more than 9 hours because I did take time off for lunch. I don't know if I can do another 9 hour stint tomorrow. We'll see. The good news is that I am a bit more than half-way to my destination, so I should be able to finish it in the two remaining travel days and still get in before dark on Friday (in theory, anyway).

My mother is having an ultrasound done on Friday, and then they will draw off some of the fluid in her abdomen. That should make her more comfortable. No way I'll get there in time for the procedure on Friday, but that's okay -- I'll see her late in the day.

- Catherine


Christy said...

Glad to hear a good report from the road. I'll keep praying for clear skies and safe travels.

Joyce said...

Hi Catherine,

I haven't been here in a few days and just now caught up on the story of your mom.

I'm so sorry for your pain and sadness and will be keeping you and your mom and family in my prayers. You are so right in saying families can be tricky during stress...praying for peace and comfort for all of you, for safe travels as you drive, and that your mother would not suffer but feel the peace of God that transcends all human understanding.

Take care...I did two long driving days this summer and that felt often...Love, Joyce

Catherine said...

Thank you, Christy and Joyce! I really do feel more relaxed, knowing that there is prayer surrounding me as I drive across the country.

Love, Cath

Anonymous said...

I am trying to give you my love, Cath, but I am too old to know how~! hahahahaha Love, AE

Anonymous said...

I meant young, I'm *young*~!
: ) Lala

Catherine said...

Ah, AE -- good to see you here! Thanks for the love -- I hope all is well with you.