Just got back home to the Secret Hideout O’Doom. It’s been quite a trip.
Thursday, 7 Sep: Leave St. Louis at 4pm, to Joplin, MO (280 miles)
Friday, 8 Sep: Joplin, MO to Tucumcari, NM (650 miles)
Saturday, 9 Sep: Tucumcari, NM to Kingman, AZ (640 miles)
Sunday, 10 Sep: Kingman, AZ to Las Vegas, NV (100 miles)
Monday, 11 Sep: Las Vegas (0 miles)
Tuesday, 12 Sep: Las Vegas, NV to Flagstaff, AZ (320 miles)
Wednesday, 13 Sep: Flagstaff, AZ to Albuquerque, NM (340 miles)
Thursday, 13 Sep: Albuquerque, NM to Wakeeney, KS (560 miles)
Friday, 14 Sep: Wakeeney, KS to Richmond Heights, MO (540 miles)
Total millage: 3,430.
My mind is fried and I still see white lines every time I close my eyes, but it was fun. On the return trip we stopped and did some sightseeing in small towns we passed (hence the lower millage for those days.) I got to see the Hoover Dam power plant, which is amazing. And some lovely mountains, deserts, forests and a lot of sky. Did some great thinking. Drive all day, swim at the motel pool to work the kinks out of my muscles, sleep like the dead, get up and do it again.
And a shout out to Best Western Hotels & Resorts. Seriously, this is an amazing company. We stayed at Best Westerns exclusively on this trip (yes, even in Vegas–the Casino Royale on the strip) an every single hotel was clean, quiet, reasonably priced, and gave us a nice breakfast before we hit the road. I cannot recommend them enough. And they are everywhere.
Not a caribbean cruise, obviously, but it recharged me.