Tattered Past

Tattered Past: My ongoing journey through genealogy, history, writing, self-exploration and art. ~~~ Rita Ackerman

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Day 16: 2012 What a day!!!

What a day this has been!! I'm here in Panguitch again. Safe and sound. Physically anyway.
I did not sleep well last night and finally at 6:00 am decided to hit the road. I had a terrible headache that pretty much hung in there all day.

I realized after awhile that I had missed my turnoff so I took the scenic route to Salt Lake City. A couple of hours later the exhaustion hit so I found a rest stop. Parked right in front of the visitor center where the guy was doing maintenance, locked up the car, pulled the blanket over my head and took a nap. I think I slept about 45 minutes and it was great.

Then I had the two hour white knuckle drive through SLC. I don't know what it is about that town but I hate driving through it and it really did take me almost two hours from when the "city" started until it ended.

South of there I hit a downpour. I'm not used to driving in rain and this was really heavy ... I actually thought at one point it might be turning in to snow.
I was still on the freeway and then had to take highway 20 across to catch 89 which is a two lane down into Arizona.
Part way through I got behind this guy . . . a wide-load and no way to get around him. Then an 18-wheeler came barreling down behind me and I was picturing what the two of them would do to my Kia. We were literally down to five miles an hour on the mountains and turns. It was awful!!

Yes, at five miles an hour I felt safe taking this shot. The only one I got all day.

I kept imagining what the people going the other way were thinking because I had passed another another truck with exactly the same load going the other way and felt sorry for all the people behind that one. Now I really wonder who was in charge of sending one full rig south and the other one north on the same day .. at the same time. Crazy!!!

I didn't get out of that fix until I pulled into my hotel here and luckily they had my usual room open. I unloaded and then drove the couple of blocks to the drive thru for fish and chips for dinner. Except I couldn't pull out of the hotel because there was some guy in the parking/safety lane going along in front of the hotel just coasting. I couldn't figure out what was going on to I decided it was safer to stay in the parking lot. Another guy in a pickup pulled up behind him and was apparently going to push him.

I got my fish and a yummy strawberry shake and returned to find the car and two trucks and a moped all grouped in front of the hotel so something had happened just after I left.

I called and checked in, ate my dinner, and now I'm going to watch some Beatles videos and go to bed.
Oh, and did I mention the chip in my windshield?

And I don't even have any chocolate. Tomorrow is home and I can't wait!!!!!