Grand Relaxation in Grand Rapids
I didn't post yesterday. It certainly wasn't for lack of the time to do it, but I had better things to do – totally vegging out. I haven't slept so much during a day in modern memory. I was a poor guest, but certainly easy to entertain. It was marvelous. Seriously, it's the first time this summer I am not inclined to nod off when I get still without something in my lap needing done.
Thursday I woke in St. Louis, coffee made and breakfast easy. I got the car loaded while I uploaded pictures to Picasa. It didn't get all the pictures, and I realized the camera had given up the ghost, running out of battery before pictures. So I took a while longer, giving the camera a little juice, and reading some of a book by a friend of Becky's, Bruce Ray Smith. Soon the urge to get on the road won out. I figured the camera in the phone would work, and I did have a little camera capacity. I set the GPS and blasted off.
|A Casino in Joliet|
|After delaying so I'd have a camera, the only picture I took|
was a couple of chimneys with white smoke. But I didn't stop
to take it and pretty much missed it.
At 11:48 that morning I passed the 800 mile mark on the trip. I passed 1000 miles about at a sign saying Lexington, Illinois, was 51 miles off on a county road. Seventy-five or eighty miles further on I saw signs about Joliet. While that makes me think of David, the greater interest was the presence of casinos there. I ventured off the highway, found one though not the sign I'd followed, and lost an hour and gained a quarter. But it was time to get on the road!
|The importance? That's where Jeffrey works!|
|Jeffrey at the door of Jeffrey's house!|
Sam's sister Rachel Fisk is here with Mike and Ben, and Ben's brothers Austin and Zack will be here today. It's good to be with them again.
Actually, thinking further, yesterday wasn't totally without redeeming busy-ness. I read some of my new book A Cloud of Witnesses – Two Big Books and Us written with OAStepper. I found serious enough corrections to make, I did spend a couple hours last night on those – leading Rachel to ask how many computers I have here. Just three. Right now, though, I'm going out to the car to give a trip report on mileage and sign off here. 1278.8 miles. And tons of good memories.