The Trip (to Lincoln)!
Now that I actually have time to type things in a composed manner, I wanted to share a little synopsis of our elaborately exciting trip out to San Francisco.
We took a small moving van from Urbana, IL to San Francisco, CA. But we didn’t go directly there, cuz that would not be taking advantage of the possibilities! Here is the route (generally) that we took:
Why did we choose this path? Because A: The people we know, and B: the warmer climate. We were traveling in early January after all, which is basically the coldest time of the year. Not the best time to be risking a van breakdown or road accident due to weather, having all our belongings with us, traveling through miles of desert, mountains, farms, etc. Also, what is more exciting during a big move, than getting to visit friends and family that you either haven’t seen in years, or haven’t even met yet? That paired with watching the terrain and temperature change as we drove, was the most enriching for me. Here’s a breakdown of our itinerary:
DAY 1: Jan 5- Travel from Urbana Illinois to Lincoln, Nebraska
This picture confirms for me that Drew cannot be sad, no matter how hard he tries. He looks more like he has acorns in his cheeks that he’s saving for the trip ahead. And, I just look homeless. Well, at that point, I guess I was.
Seriously though, this was a very sad moment for me, when we were ready to actually depart. I love and miss Champaign-Urbana. It’s where we spent our newlywed years…and a good portion of our twenties. ::Siiggh::
Why did we stop in Lincoln? Because we wanted to break up our trip into 8 hour or less chunks. Since neither of us knew anyone in Kansas or Nebraska, we decided to get a hotel. I wanted to get a cheap bare bones place to save money, and Drew wanted to get a nicer place (this is usually how the decision process between us goes) so we got a Holiday Inn Express. To our surprise, this one was really nice. I still have the shampoo and conditioner containers and plan to use them as my travel bottles. Yep, they are even labeled on the bottle, can’t beat that. You can tell a lot about a hotel based on their shampoo and conditioner freebies.
There’s not as much to say about the weather or terrain. The ground was frosted over in Lincoln. It’s pretty much all flat manure-laden farmland, which, with all due respect, has it’s beauty, but I have seen my fair share of it, having both sides of my family from Ohio and Iowa, I’ve done a lot of visiting in those areas. Basically, it’s familiar territory. But, I did sing a song about Cows with Square Butts…which I conveniently don’t remember the words to, so I’ll just supplement with:
Coming soon…Colorado update!