Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Longest day

 Last night after leaving the Roadrunner rest area we drove down into Las Cruces and then took hwy 54 north towards Santa Rosa on I-40.  We drove until around 2 o'clock and then like dummies thought all three of us could curl up in the Jeep and get some sleep.  Well, it's impossible!😫

After 2 hours of laying there and being miserable because of the cramped space and cold wind.  Oh yes, did I mention we had not put the top on the Jeep or the side windows, so the cold night air came blowing in on us!  We decided to keep on moving.

Jumped on I-40 around sunrise and drove east.  It was around noon when we stopped at Cadillac Ranch just west of Wichita.

Selling cans of spray paint.
Dolly and I have been here before, but now it is Nick's turn to see the cadillacs partially buried in the sand.  Visitors are always stopping by and I guess they get a thrill out of spray painting them.

Soon on our way again.
We had a goal of reaching Springfield, Missouri by nightfall, but because of our stops along the way and time changes, we had to settle reaching Joplin, Missouri, just across the border from Oklahoma.  

We finally arrived at 9 o'clock.  Poor Nick drove most of the day because I could not keep my eyes open while driving.  Longest day for both of us.  We are very tired.  Staying at Days Inn and after hot showers and a quick pizza for dinner, we are calling it a day.  It is now 12:30 and time for some well deserved sleep.  

Thanks for stopping by.


  1. Well darn that White Lion for leaving you, Nick and Yuma in such a situation. Hopefully it's not going to be the end of the WL or your travels. I've enjoyed catching up on my reading and will tell ya, I enjoyed the sights. I hope Nick appreciates the opportunity he's had and will continue to pursue the nomadic exploration in the future in some way. I truly enjoyed the photo of your office at the Road Runner rest area (I know it wasn't in this post but I liked it), thanks for sharing. Stay safe!!!

  2. I remember the days of 'distance driving'. If you are tired, turn it over to Nick. Looks like you will be in your own bed tonight.

  3. You two crack me up!! GET A HOTEL!!!! It's not worth feeling miserable, and definitely not worth the cold! You should be enjoying the trip!!!! LOL. Remember the sooner you get back, the sooner Nick leaves. You're going to miss him me thinks!! Hugs all around!!

  4. I think there is still hope for the White Lion. Internally the engine appears in good shape. I suspect it is something simple, such as a fuel problem. The chassis is good, the tires are good. There is a large Cat dealer in Mesa. Maybe you can get them to send out a repair man to take a look. Thank goodness Nick is there to help on the drive home. Take your time and be safe.

  5. With all that cold night air it is a wonder that you got any sleep at all. Better to be well rested so you are not falling asleep at the wheel.
    Be Safe and Enjoy the adventure.

    It's about time.

  6. Look forward to seeing you both! Drive safe!!

  7. So glad you decided to get a room! That night of cold and not sleeping is just not good! Travel safely and I know you don't really blog when you get home but please keep us posted on what you find out about the WL! Enjoy being home! It was nice having Nick along this winter!