Thursday, June 28, 2007

Day 6: Lexington, Ky., to Pittsburgh, Pa!

The day started with my friend John taking me out for breakfast in Lexington. Yummy! I hit the interstate around 9:30 am.

Driving out of Lexington, I drove past the exit for the Kentucky Horse Park almost as soon as I got on I-75. I competed there at least once for USPC nationals. For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to go to KHP in April for the Rolex three-day event. I think I can go this year! The only problem is that it's the same weekend as the AQS show in Paducah. *sigh*

Ohio didn’t have a sign for either the Ohio river or for entering Ohio, but watching Cincinnati's skyline as I headed into town was OK. RT had to console himself with a picture of the Bungles home stadium.

We got a chuckle out of the fact that before we exited the city limits, we saw an overpass with “Who Dey” graffitti’d on it. Who Dey? In case you forgot, WE DEY!

I had thought about stopping at the glass house at Oglebay Park on my way through Wheeling, but I-70 is closed through W.Va., and I’m mostly just familiar with getting to Oglebay going in the other direction. Plus, the skies were getting dark and I actually had an attention span, so we forged on.

West Virginia had a pretty sign. I don’t get it, but it looked good. It’s too dangerous to put RT in a photo with a state sign if said sign is above the highway instead of on the side of the road. He understands.

Within minutes of going past the Pennsylvania sign, the rain that SJ predicted showed up with a vengeance. It was raining, at times pretty damn hard, for the rest of the drive to Eisenhower

Bear was happy to hold my shades while I didn’t need them. I think he took a nap for the last hour or so. Jerk.

I took this several days ago. Since it won’t be the default view in my rear view mirror any more, I thought I’d post it. Baxter was very good at giving me a smile every time I needed it.

* Roaming Tigger 1
* Remainder of the first act of Wicked with repeats of the “best” songs. I needed to sing along and/or occupy my brain. Boredom set in fast and hard today.
* A little bit of the first act of Les Mis, but that couldn’t keep me focused either.
* The last two episodes of Wait Wait. Should have saved more for the last day, but I didn’t anticipate this big of a crash.
* The first few hours of Pride and Prejudice. That finally kept my attention enough to keep me in the middle of my preferred lane for the remainder of the drive.

Today: 4 states (Kentucky, Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania) 370.2 miles, 6 hours, 33 minutes

Trip: 11 states (California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi, Kentucky, Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania), 2,874.5 miles

Today (7 states, 1 district): Washington, D.C., New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Minnesota, Washington, Iowa
Trip (42 states, 1 district): Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, Washington D.C.
Missing (8 states): Alaska*, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont

I saw a perfect “true” Alaska plate on the back of a cab of a semi, but the rules disqualified that plate.

Thanks for playing along with my game, and for reading about and commenting on my trip. I look forward to accumulating new east coast friends, but I know I have friends for life on the left coast. I hope you have enjoyed the story of my drive. I’m glad to be home.

1 comment:

SJ said...

Welcome home!

And gee, maybe I have a future as a meterologist!