By the end of 2016, I was running 10 miles at my longest stretch. Then I injured my hamstring. Then 2017 came. I was on sabbatical, which sounds like “academic vacation” but isn’t. My exercise schedule was disrupted. My teaching schedule in the fall of 2017 was a mess that disturbed any semblance of regularity. I got sick in the spring with a really bad cold, then sick in the fall with hand, foot, and mouth disease, then a cold, then the flu. I injured my right foot, and even walking became a problem. By 2018, I had gained 12 pounds from my low of 188lbs. 2017 was not a good year. But, then, you probably all knew that 2017 was not a good year.
Bombogenesis. Noreaster. Bomb cyclone. Polar vortex. These are none of the words you can use to describe the first day of our return trip to Texas. After a wonderful 5 days of play and rest wtlith family in northern Wisconsin, Jodi and I loaded up the car with bags and cats and hit the road for home.
Uneventful. Now THAT is a word that applies. The weather was cold but generally clear, even with overcast skies. But we had blue sunny skies, too. No real snow fell on the drive. We went from -13F when we started to 10F by the time we hit Des Moines at 3:30pm. No bad traffic. No major road construction. We are far west of the weather excitement pummeling the east coast today. It shows.
This is the second and last day of our trip north to Wisconsin. As we have continued north into the cold Arctic air parked over the middle and Northeast of the United States, the temperature had only declined even as the day grows later and the sun higher in the sky.
The cats had a very exciting night last night in the hotel room. They seemed to stay up for much of the night, running around the room and climbing all over things to explore the new space. Snowball after normally, Lilac not so much, but this is a very new experience for Lilac, who is only 7 month old.
Jodi and I had a lovely dinner at a restaurant called “Gino’s” in Kearney, MO. We even met Gino. I highly recommend their pizza. The sauce is great. The pizza then made excellent lunch for today… hooray for leftovers!
We made it to Wisconsin around 2:30. Pretty much on-time given where we thought we would be by that time of day.
Looking forward to seeing family soon!
Scenes from the road
Jodi and I are on our annual road trip to Wisconsin. It has a new element this year: the cats went with us. We had a hard time finding a consistent cat sitter over the break, so we decided to take advantage of our cats’ youth and hit the road with them in the car.
This got off to a rough start. Snowball, the older of our two cats, had quite the upset tummy yesterday. We delayed leaving this morning to see whether he had made a recovery. It was clear by 9:30 this morning that he was back to normal.al, so we packed the car and hit the road.
But as a result of that delay, we will not get as far as we wanted. We will make it to Iowa today… but just barely.
Views from the road