I carefully got out of bed, got my running gear on and was out on the Beltline by 6:30 am and dripping in sweat in about 10 minutes.
I did a not so quick round trip down to Piedmont Park and back, around 3 miles and realized a few things.
Atlanta had become Hotlanta over the weekend and was humid as a swamp.
I had once again put off my running training for far too long and had a long and tough journey to get back to marathon shape
And the Burning Man Ultra-marathon was less than 2 months away.
I was determined to not make the same mistake I had in years past, that being driving too many hours each day and not taking the time to enjoy the scenery.
However with my packing and procrastination issues as well as needing to make a detour to deal with a giant tent and its faulty zipper, we once again are in that very familiar place of many, many hours behind the wheel and not so much time stopping to smell the roses.
We got out and on the road by around 10:30 only half and hour and a day later than I wanted to start.
The trip back West is becoming all too familiar as much as we try to alternate routes.
It's a beautiful trip up to Nashville and we were making great time.
Out of Georgia, through Tennessee, into Kentucky, about to clip the tip of Illinois and barrel through Missouri
We were enjoying our home-made sandwiches with a little impromtu picnic and the Kentucky welcome center. All was going quite well, we were making great time. My back and shoulder weren't bothering me at all although my knee was beginning to a little sore. I suppose I really should figure out the cruise control operations.
When walking back to the car, I noticed this big last piece hanging down from the underside of the car almost hitting the ground.
I crawled under to try to figure it out.
It seemed that when they did the tune-up, they may have forgotten to put things all the way back together.
I snapped some photos, thinking we might be able to do some research while we decided what we were going to do.
All while driving around 70MPH.
Skye was able to determine what the part was, how important or not-so-important it was to have said part and was working on finding a Toyota dealership in Kansas City, get an appointment and secure the necessary parts when she happened to look up and see a Toyota dealership right off the highway.
We hoped off the Interstate and headed back down the road; Skye quickly GPSed our route as we were, of course, unfamiliar with the area.
We pulled into the service area at 4:45 pm and miraculously within 30 minutes the Undercarriage Engine Shield had been re-secured.
Wow!! Talk about right place right time.
And when I asked them what I owed them, their response was, "Not a thing, just make sure to have a safe trip"
What a wonderful surprise birthday present that was.
Bravo, thank you and a big shout out to
Mike Smith Toyota Paducah, KY
We ending up making it half way through Missouri, after our close call in Kentucky. I got a birthday phone call from my mom, as well as texts from my old college roommate as well as a high school pal and then some hundred plus Facebook happy birthday messages, links etc.
I caught up with the highlights of the day's Tour de France, learned a new word, peripatetic (traveling from place to place, especially working or based in various places for relatively short periods) and set course for hopefully bagging yet another High Point, Panorama Point here we come.
A wonderful and very long birthday it was.
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- The week leading up to 07-07-2015 went something like this;
- At least according to my fb posts
- Jon Danniells
July 6 at 7:49am · Atlanta, GA ·
Woke up this morning determined to stop over-thinking my packing; right now obsessing over which toiletries to bring; hmmmm
July 5 at 3:57pm · Atlanta, GA ·
I am having some crazy procrastination issues, I haven't started packing yet and we leave tomorrow for a month; yikes
- July 4 at 11:54am · Atlanta, GA ·
Watching Nathan's hot dog eating contest on ESPN. What a horrifying train wreck but the play by play commentary is priceless; Stonie takes it 62 in 10 minutes to Chestnuts 60. Wow
July 3 at 6:00pm · Atlanta, GA ·
We have a new dashboard guru; just in time for our cross country journey
- July 3 at 5:51pm · Atlanta, GA · The more I'm marginalized the more I feel like I'm on the right path; bring it on, I'm at my best when the chips are down and the odds are against me
- Some how putting away yesterday's farmers market veggies evolved into a chanterelles mushroom frittata; go figure
So sore from jujitsu training yesterday, I've got to give my body some rest before heading out on another cross
country road trip.....
- Early birthday dinner/date night combo--so excited for deliciousness
— at Mf Sushi Atlanta.