Greetings from Check, VA
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
I'm on the road to the Jamboree. It's really been an adventure so far. Day 1 I was forced off the road while driving through a severe thunderstorm. The rain was coming down so hard I couldn't see where I was going, so I pulled off the interstate ... there were dozens of vehicles parked on the shoulder with me. I changed the radio from satellite to a local station and found out the area I was driving through was under a tornado warning. I took shelter for a couple of hours then continued on.
Day 2 was a rest and visit day ... day three I was on the road again. I missed 3 or 4 tolls going through Illinois ... I was out of my element going through Chicago (where I missed most of the tolls). I live 120 miles from the nearest interstate and that's a four lane road ... two lanes going in each direction. Going through Chicago there were six or eight lanes going in each direction. I was out of position to get over to the "pay in cash" lane (extreme right lane) since my GPS was telling me to stay to the left. Just paid those missed tolls via internet. I hope I paid enough since I'm not really sure how many tolls I missed or exactly which toll plazas I missed them at.
Day four I continued on my way to VA to visit my friend Debbie before going to the Jamboree. Debbie lives way up in the mountains, in the SW corner of VA. Mountain driving is not my thing ... narrow, twisty roads, hairpin curves, blind curves, up the mountain, down the mountain. I was a wreck when I got here. Tomorrow I head out for the Jamboree site. Hopefully that leg of the journey will be event free. I've had just about all the driving excitement I can take!