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December 19th, 2008

Last entry from home

Well, this is it. After I post this, I shut off my computer and pack it for the trip. If we end up at a hotel without an Internet connection I can use, I'll probably make a phone post. If all goes well, you shouldn't even notice that I'm gone. I'm not going to think about the alternative. Curt says the weather looks a bit bad for the early part of our trip and better in the evening, but just because the weather's good doesn't mean the roads will be. My morning routine isn't going too well either - I don't think last night's dinner is happy about having been eaten. But I haven't run the humidifier in days, so it's probably just the low humidity hitting me really hard. We've always made the trip no matter what tried to stop us, and this year will be no exception. Catch you this evening, most likely from a hotel somewhere in Pennsylvania.
Thanks for the well-wishes for the trip, everyone. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to have worked... we got a flat tire on the PA Turnpike and discovered that it had a puncture. Fortunately, I'd been able to tolerate the bad steering until about a mile from an exit, so we put on the spare (mostly Curt), got a room at the local hotel of my choice, and found an auto service place open late enough to get the tire replaced. That's when the guy showe dus that the valve itself was leaking, which he says may have led to the puncture, so I got that replaced too. So it's been an expensive trip so far, but we set Mom's mind at ease by stopping for the night. The drive tomorrow is less than our usual second-day drive, because we usually stop before the Turnpike if we're going to stop at all. Then again, we haven't had very many uneventful trips home that I can remember... a speeding ticket, a broken axle, total totality, this... not a big deal, though. It gave us the chance to try Long John Silver's flatbread sandwiches. They were okay, but I really don't understand the big deal with flatbread. At least the weather's been nice... considerably warmer than freezing, and light rain when there was rain at all. There were stretches where I could use cruise control.

Now a quick browse of the flist before bed... want to get as early a start as we can, because I don't trust my luck for this trip. Also, free breakfast buffet in a restaurant with TABLECLOTHS. Hence the short jaunt across the highway. I should also reset my tire pressure sensor, but we put the pump back in the spare tire compartment, and I need to make sure all the tires are at the recommended pressure before setting the meter. I'll just deal with the warning light until then. What are the chances TWO tires will have problems on the same trip? (Don't you dare answer that!)

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