Trip Start Mar 10, 2006
8Trip End Mar 17, 2006
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Compliment: 1 ISU suburban, 1 wood trailer, 8 kayaks, and a bunch of whitewater gear
I'm typing all of this after the fact because we were beyond the realm of the internet these past 7 days.
Friday night we took off from Ames shortly after dark and arrived in Ellijay, Georgia around 20 hours later. The drive in question was supposed to take around 15 hours, but the school requires a rest stop from 1-5am. We also picked up Clint from his parents house by Mount Pleasant (getting lost and venturing into Missouri along the way). We stopped at a Denny's somewhere in southern Illinois to eat something during the 1-5am stop; I had a delicious chocolate milkshake and some slimy Denny's eggs. What can you expect at 4am? By the time 5am rolled around everyone was passed out in the wrap around Denny's booths chillin to the sound of upbeat 70s rock. I literally had to run around in the rain to stay awake (it being my turn to drive and all). Once everyone moved from being passed out in Denny's to being passed out in the suburban I took the wheel with Clint as my copilot. As soon as I hit the highway the gentle rain turned into a full-blown monsoon and the 4-lane highway turned into a pitch black narrow-lane construction site. The torrent kept up all the way through Kentucky and into Tennessee. Whenever Clint started nodding off I would jerk the wheel and try to make him hit his head on the window.