September 3, 2012

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Below are the diary entries for September 3, 2012, with the newest entries added at the bottom. Also, check out today’s photos.

Nicoline The day before
Nicoline (September 3, 2012)

Last modified: September 3, 2012 at 9:36:28

If it wasn’t for the cats, I’d just as soon skip the last day before vacation :-) It’s not even that there’s still a lot of stuff to do. Actually, there’s too little stuff left to do, so you’re basically sitting around waiting for time to pass.

For now I have a two loads of laundry to get through and oatmeal cookies to bake, which will serve for dinner and possibly breakfast. Tomorrow morning we plan to be up at 3, and leave by 4 so we’ll have plenty of time to get to Columbus for lunch and after that it’s on to Indianapolis and the rest of the I-70 adventure!

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Nicoline All set
Nicoline (September 3, 2012)

Last modified: September 3, 2012 at 16:09:47

I’m ready to go. The car is all packed, except for the electronics. I even remembered to set my Freecycle messages to “web only” so I don’t have to wade through 40+ notifications a day on my phone while we’re on the road. I was going to vacuum one last time, but it’s too darn hot. Maybe if my feet get cold enough between now and bedtime. We’ll take a Nyquil at 6 p.m., be in bed by 8 and be ready for the big adventure at 4 a.m. Can’t wait!

Kandace York wrote on September 5, 2012 at 22:28:28:

Nyquil early to put yourself to sleep -- now that's a great travel trip! :-)

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Nicoline Smits wrote on September 6, 2012 at 21:16:15:

Works well outside of travel, too :-)

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Eric Ready for the great trip
Eric (September 3, 2012)

Last modified: September 3, 2012 at 16:11:38

Twenty-four hours from now Nicoline and I will be on the road, somewhere around West-Virginia, making our way to lunch with our son Mark in Columbus and then onwards to Richmond, Indiana.

We are now ready to start the major part of our I-70 explorations. We have done shorter trips earlier this year, in April, May, July and August, exploring parts in Maryland, Pennsylvania, West-Virginia and Ohio. In May we got as far as Dayton, OH -- the diary section on this website has all the details of those trips.

Now we'll be driving through that first part tomorrow, and then start the rest of I-70. There is no fixed itinerary, but we have tentatively allocated two days each for Indiana and Illinois, three for Missouri, four each for Kansas and Colorado, and three for Utah. Which gets us to the end point, the intersection with I-15, around September 22, after which we'll have to "race" home in a week.

We are planning to stay most nights in motels and hotels, but are taking camping gear so if the opportunity arises we'll be able to spend the night out. Who knows, maybe we get to spend a night under the sky where we get to enjoy the night sky without light pollution from cities.

I expect to take a lot of photos, which means that I'll be spending an hour or more each evening processing and labeling them. Our goal is to update the website almost every day, depending on having sufficiently stable Internet access where we are staying.

Today we'll have some remaining last-minute chores to do, packing, and then we're going to be ready. Going to bed early, we should be on the road before 4am tomorrow morning...

Katie Khadem wrote on September 4, 2012 at 7:31:23:

Have a good time!

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