Thursday, July 26, 2018

Cross Country Road Trip - Part 2

The truck started getting worse as we made our way through Texas and we decided we needed to stop to get it checked out. Normally my husband would have fixed it but he didn't have the right tools. We found an open garage and the tech "found the problem". Once it was fixed we continued our journey. Of course, it continued to give us problems but we just kept going, hoping it wouldn't explode. Right as we left Texas and entered New Mexico our air conditioning officially died. It was hot and the road was long. There was nothing for miles.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Next up was Arizona. We did tons of sightseeing including checking off some bucket list items.
First on the bucket list was the four corners where we were in four states at once - New Mexico, Arizona, Utah and Colorado.

                                                                                                                                                           Second on the bucket list was the Grand Canyon. We hiked a bit and stretched our legs enjoying the mountain air.

As we left Arizona and headed into Nevada, we could see a storm on the horizon. It was still super hot, so we decided to stop for some dinner and cold ice cream.

As we passed Las Vegas, a rainbow appeared in the distance. Behind us the sun was setting and a beautiful sun set appeared. When it was dark we made it to the storm and the lightning was crazy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     We made it California. We wanted to stop at Yosemite but with the truck problems, we decided to head straight to Oregon.

We officially made it to Oregon and decided to stop in Coos Bay for a break before heading to Astoria. When we finally made it to Astoria, we were so excited to see our new home and the sunset that greeted us!

We were excited to start our new life and see what was in store. We successfully made a the trip across the country and our marriage is stronger for it. Have you ever taken a road trip?

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Cross Country Road Trip - Part 1

The first true test of our marriage was met when our orders sent us packing across the country to Oregon. We decided to take the Southern route and explore but with any road trip, we hit plenty of rough patches. 

The first half of our road trip was pretty boring as far stops. Most of our stops happened after Texas. We did enjoy the yummy food and sweet tea the south has to offer since the West Coast isn't quite there yet.

Florida seemed to take forever. When we hit northern Florida it was my turn to drive. You can see how excited I look...not.
Before we knew it we hit Alabama. Fun fact - Alabama paid $75,000 for the rights to put "Sweet Home Alabama" on their welcome signs.
We only drove through Alabama for a short time before coming to Mississippi.
We drove across the state stopping only for a quick walk with Jack and enjoying our last few hours in the south. Louisiana was next and the last time we had Chick-fil-A and boy did we enjoy it. Jack even got to have some as well! We ate it before I could take pictures :)
Next stop was Texas, birthplace of my husband!
Lloyd's truck started to give us some problems and wouldn't go faster than 70 miles an hour and was losing power. Something was wrong and Lloyd did everything he could think of but we decided to stop for the night in Dallas. Fireworks are hard to get pictures of but I did get a good one of the city lit up for our countries birthday.
The next morning was July 4th and celebrations were everywhere. Celebrations and a national holiday meant everything was closed, so no shop to fix the truck. We decided to continue our journey, despite the truck problems, and when we did they only got worse.

Stay tuned for my next post to find out what happens next!