Well, the polls are in, and the masses have spoken. We are cheapskates. Fine. Just because we're living in Jake's brother's basement...I better stop while I have a shred of dignity left. :)
We left Chicago on Monday morning and even managed to avoid traffic. We meant to fill up before we got on the freeway (er, tollway--ew), but forgot. We got off in Naperville thinking that there would be gas stations and the like right off the highway. Uh, no. We drove around for almost half an hour trying to find a place to fill up. Eventually we did find one, filled up, and got back on the road.
For various reasons, we turned south at Des Moines and headed toward Missouri (shout out to Sheri). I will proudly state that I drove that particular stretch, one stretch more than I drove on the drive to Chicago last year. We decided to stop off in Liberty, Missouri to check out Liberty Jail, where Joseph Smith spent over four months in the dead of winter on spurious charges. The jail was torn down long ago, but a very accurate replica has been built in its place.
The ceiling was only 6 feet high, shorter than several of the imprisoned men. The missionary on duty told us some interesting stories, and then we headed back on the road after refilling our water bottles.
Did we mention we did this without air conditioning? We decided to be frugal and only repair the necessary parts before leaving Illinois, specifically the front axles. We could wait for Mr. B to repair the rest. So we drank lots of water and sprayed ourselves down with a spray bottle. Luckily, the weather mostly cooperated and we didn't boil too much. The weather, however, did not cooperate Monday night. We had hoped to get over halfway through Kansas, but we were hit with a massive rainstorm as it started getting dark. Jake is an excellent driver, but even he pulled over for a few minutes. Like most downpours, it only lasted a few minutes, but I was white-knuckling it. Naturally, going 30 slowed us down considerably, and I had a massive headache and upset stomach (which I attribute to the dried mangoes), so Jake kindly stopped off at Hays for the night. We also had two other storms we would have been racing, so I'm very glad we stopped.
The next morning was sunny and warm and was about to get a lot warmer, according to weather.com, so we were up and out just after 8. If you haven't been to Kansas, you're not really missing out. Everything you thought about Kansas is true. Flat. Yellow and green. Empty. See below.
Jake was a real trooper for doing almost all of the driving. Good man. You can see how excited he is.
So. Seven states in two days (Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah). We're at Benson and Sam's house in Kaysville and Jake is already hard at work. I've been helping Sam with various projects and doing some reading. We're happy to be nearer to so many of you. Give us a call and maybe we'll play sometime.
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