Tampa FL my new homestead....semi-temp
So sunday 5/21, we were running about 9 hours later than schedule. We had my car, Jim's truck and a 6x12 uhaul trailor attached. We picked up our friends in Lynnwood and headed out to Couer D'Alene, ID @ 9:30pm. We got there @ 4:30 am to sleep @ this elaborate resort suite. We were out of it entirely. We got like 6 hours of sleep and headed for Wolf Creek, UT. Didn't quit make it there. We went through Montana and then the bottom part of ID had then Starta (the name of my car) gave me problems. There was an electrical storm and all of a my power sterring went out, decculerate and then shut down. We were in no-man's-land so I keep trying because my engine was still good. We tried to get as far as we could and finally gave up @ a shell station. Just so happens that there is mechanic there @ 2am and is the only one in a 60 mile radius. Lucky, huh. There was also an attached motel for $37 for the night and he had the car ready by 10 am. It was my fuel pump that went bad. By now it's Tuesday and we are behind schedule and haven't covered much ground so we get into Utah and it happens again. $800 later, I got a fuel pump. So we go through Wyoming which is the most boringest state the US has and then thru Colorado by then it was 2 am and the resort that we had booked was an hour of hilly maze out-of-the wayness. When we woke up, we understood why the venture out. It was beautiful Estes Park. THe mountain range summit was unforgettable. That day, we went through Denver and into Kansas. All the way through Kansas to Missouri. Kansas was actually a whole lot prettier than I thought. Very pictureque with the trees, wild horses and lakes. Kansas City was pretty big. That's when the bugs started to appear more so. We ended up @ Lake of Ozarks, MO. Gorgeous big lake in three directions and we had front side access. Again an hour out of the way but still.
Thursday, we went through the rest of Missouri thru top part of Arkansas to Memphis, TN. That was a highlight because we stopped in the city to get a bite to eat and found ourselves in bright lights, big street. bearle and 2nd street was the spot to be. Closed off and music in the streets. BB King and Elvis Presley are still being remembered there I tell ya/ Big lights and signs everywhere and everyplace you turned looked fun. We dined @ this outside restaurant, kind alike an irish pub. There was live music (jack johnson type doing requests) and a big billy goat in a castle who drinks beer. It was amazing. That night we stayed on the road with one roadside pass out session.
Friday, we were so determined to get to FL and knew it was in reasonable reach. We went thru Mississippi and Alabama and that's where most of the accents came into play. "Hey Darlin' that type of thing. We went straight thru Birmingham and Montgomery,AL into FL and got here @ like 10:30pm. We were exhausted but filled with scenery from across the US. Now it's a three weeks later and pretty much getting aquainted with our surroundings. Jim got a job (yeah) and I'm still on the hunt. I started school 6/8 and have already had a final, 2 quizzes and a test in 1 week. It's pretty intense but I'm excited to get into the core classes. Well I shouldn't run on with this any longer or no one will have the energy to read it so I'll end it know by saying that it some road trip but the destination spot is a great change for us and there's more adveture to come, I'm sure of it.