Thursday, September 17, 2009

Road Trip Nearly Blind-Sided!

The road trip started off yesterday--the packing and preparing portion-- in a panic. Hubs lost his glasses; we're talking about a man who has to put on his glasses before he even gets out of bed in the morning! He's both nearsighted and needs bifocals--as most of us do when we reach a certain age--so there was no question that we weren't going anywhere until we solved the optical problem. You may be thinking, "Doesn't he have prescription sunglasses?" The answer is yes, but he opted to get the sunglasses without the bifocal feature.

We searched high and low for those darn glasses. I finally surmised that he must have set them with their case on the roof of the car, when he needed both hands to load a large suitcase, and then we drove off to get some lunch, and they fell off the roof somewhere in between our house and Pizza Hut. Yes, we retraced our path, but Route 1 in Saco is very busy, and it was impossible to drive slowly enough to examine the roadside carefully.

Hubs was beating himself up pretty bad about it all, when I put forth the only possible solution: We needed to contact his eye doctor, get a copy of his prescription, take it to Lens Crafters and get a new pair made in an hour. It was nearly $300 we hated to spend, but I wasn't about to let ANYTHING mess up our plans. So, we did all of the above, and by 6:00pm last night, Hubs was no longer blind!

This morning, a couple of bright eyed, clear sighted, mega-excited travelers piled into the Chevrolet to start our tour of the USA! We left at 6:30 am; I said "Go West, Old Man!" and we did--555 miles west to be exact. (gas mileage 32.6 miles per gallon, average speed, 57 mph--if you care !)No pictures yet; not much to see in upstate central Massacusetts and upstate New York, from the highway, but farm country and an occasional city or town.

We pulled into a Holiday Inn on the western side of Buffalo, and collapsed from exhaustion. We don't plan to drive that far everyday, but all of the territory we covered today was familiar, so we wanted to just put it behind us.

We have only a four hour drive tomorrow to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, so the more leisurely part of our trip begins. I will start taking pictures to share with you, and keep you up to date on what's happening.

We spent the better part (or should I say worse part?) of eleven hours in the car today.... I must go rest now... See you tomorrow!


The Vegetable Assassin said...

I'm getting all restless and having road trip pangs of longing. I'm so excited for your trip. I want a giant road trip (even if I have to go to Cleveland during it!). :)

jules said...

I KNOW your exhaustion! Glad you're off to a good start and can't wait to keep hearing about it!

Steven Anthony said...

so glad you found the glasses...cant wait to start seeing the pics;)

travel safe my friend

ethelmaepotter! said...

Wow, y'all sure got a lot of miles in on that day! Many moons ago, my Fred took our children wading out into the ocean in Myrtle Beach, and when I came out to join them, I said, "Where are your glasses?" That fool had worn them out into the ocean, and of course, a wave had knocked them off and sent them who-knew-where. We had to do the same thing y'all did - get a copy of the prescription and have new glasses made pronto, to the tune of about $400. We spent more on those glasses than we did on our off-season room and meals combined.
I've always had a mental image since then of the deep blue sea with the Incredible Mr. Limpet wearing Fred's old glasses!

Housewife Savant said...

I'm glad you're taking us along.
I put you on my sidebar so I won't miss a beat.
Travel safe. Blog often.

Terra said...

It is fun enjoying your road trip with you, and how you won't let anything prevent it, even the lost glasses and lost keys.
I am glad you made it to Wisconsin, where I grew up. I was there recently and visited Lambeau Field, home of the Packers!