[Follow our road trip here using the tag Road Trip 2019 ]
Leaving the central Texas area turned out to be much more difficult than we anticipated. It was as if we had been trapped in a gravitational well or something. It took us an extra couple of hours to get the car packed up, even though we had just packed it to stay at the condo a few days earlier. The plan was to stop by the house to pull some things out of the garage for our tenant; that took longer than anticipated. We didn’t get far until I realized that I had lost my keys; we had to go back to the house to track them down.
Our clan finally got to the highway around 4pm. I had hoped to be on the road by 11am. It meant a night drive and a late night arrival in Springfield. The girls didn’t want to sleep because they were worried about missing out on passing into Missouri, even though that was hours away. We still had to get out of Texas and go through Oklahoma first! We had 9 and a half hours of road time, and every stop added at least 30 minutes on top of that.
It took a while to get out of Texas and into Oklahoma. By the time we crossed the border, it was dark. Kenieshiear had hoped to stop by a little Amish shop off the side of the road, but they were closed. We did get to see the casinos all lit up in their garish fashion, though.
Driving through Oklahoma was long and boring. Not much to look at during the day, and less at night. It did give me an opportunity to think and mentally compose this post. My family slept and I thought and drove. I think the worst part was the low speed limit. Whenever we drove through a small town, the limit would drop to 45 or less for a mile or two and that threw off pace by more than I expected.
There is an Interstate that would have avoided these issues. That would have had us swinging out of the way and wouldn’t have saved any time. We wouldn’t have had the opportunity to laugh when the lady at Taco Bell commented “Spending that FAFSA money, huh?” It wouldn’t have been as much fun.
After several hours in Oklahoma, we finally made it to a toll road with decent speed limits and were shortly after that entering Missouri. Just a couple of hours to go! At this point, everybody was asleep, though Kenieshiear would wake up and ask me if I was okay every time we hit a bump in the road.
I was pretty tired, so I don’t remember too much to add for this leg of the trip. We safely made it to our airbnb around 3ish. By the time we got the children and dogs and stuff out of the car, it was 4ish. The children work us up at 7ish.
More updates to come.