Saturday, July 30, 2011
Before the trip began, my wife would call or text multiple times a day to see what the plan was for the trip. I said I had no idea. I knew that my boss wanted us to hit five states, but I thought he was finding contacts in those states. I found out I was wrong a couple days before we left. No biggy, I've done small trips like this. You just go and find someone who'll let you trap on their land. Once we left my family reunion in Gillette, I just told DaNae to start searching the internet for people who might have good places for us to trap. By the time we were done with western Montana, she was a pro. She found a person in eastern Washington who promised us stuff so we wouldn't have to go there, and by the time we hit Wyoming, she had found contacts for North and South Dakota, so we wouldn't have to trap there either. I think she saved the government several thousand dollars right there.
Then we went to Wellington, CO for her family reunion and from there I headed to Casper while she headed home. The truck broke down in York, NE and I had some issues when the road side assistance people asked me where I wanted the truck towed. I asked who they recommend and the lady said she was in Texas so she couldn't help out with suggestions. I was miffed and wondered what good roadside assistance was if they couldn't help. She then did an internet search for garages and found three for me. All three were in Pennsylvania which wasn't helpful in Nebraska. Long story short, I finally made it to a hotel at 10:30 that night, with the thought that I'd be stuck there car-less for a couple days. The truck was fixed the next morning and I was on my way home again without incident.
I think the hardest part of the trip was coming home. I think I could've stayed on the road for another month without any worries, other than trying to convince someone to mow the lawn a couple more times for free. And coming home to find a bill from the government for $700 didn't help matters any. It actually felt like a big slap in the face after relocating my family to Kansas and then all the work my wife did on this trip for free.
SO in summary, great trip, happy feelings. Get home and bitterness and worry try to overtake. Maybe we should just live on the road! ok, not really.