Well, in just twelve hours, Rosie and I will be on the road, heading first to Kentucky, then on to Chicago and a couple of visits with friends in the Windy City.
I’ve been anticipating this once-in-a-lifetime trip for so long now that it hardly seems possible that the departure time is here.
As I wash the last load of clothes and set out the pairs of shoes that I want to put in the car tomorrow, I’ll share with you some of the things that people have told me to plan for, watch out for, to do, or to think about as I travel the country over the next three weeks. Some of them are quite funny, some are practical, and some are just downright common sense. In no particular order, they are:
“Be safe as you travel around this great country of ours.”
“Have fun. Let your hair down to blow in the wind, baby!”
“Just in case bad people think they could rob your house, leave your attack dogs at home.” (paraphrase)
“Here’s what you do, Greg. You bring together the blog posts, doodles and photos from your trip and publish your first book.”
“Always buy a small coffee. You get the big one, and by the time you drink half of it the other half is cold and gross.”
“Please buy me a bag full of sapphires in gravel while you’re in Montana. I’ll pay you for them when you get back.”
“Cut and polished sapphires for me, please. And 24k yellow gold.”
“Sapphires only in my bag please.”
“Use WAZE, on your iPhone… Let’s you know when there are troubled roads ahead…”
“Stop and have dinner in Williamsburg at the Cumberland Inn.” (I plan to do this tomorrow evening)
“Your itinerary is a Who’s Who of coffee shops. We fell off the same tree.”
“Is it time for the crowd to start clapping: clap-clap-clap, clap-clap-clap, clap-clap-clap-clap LET’S GO!”
“Do you have a bra for Rosie? Might keep her smile ding-free.”
“At least you’ll be back in time for the World Series!”
I love you guys.
Check back here each day for the next three weeks for pictures, comments, reviews, more pictures, food porn, and all sorts of fun.
It’s going to be a blast.