Why the recap you might ask? Joe’s immune system is not what it used to be. His health maintenance while on Warfarin for his pulmonary embolism of last summer has required some juggling. Colds and other mild maladies I try to stay on top of. A stomach virus snuck up on us and threw his butt on the ground – figuratively speaking.
The icy cold weather we were in throughout February and March took a toll on my big bear of a man. He felt a little tired when we left home for Van Buren, Arkansas to get these new trucks. Hooking the trucks up tired him out so the first leg of our journey included an overnight stop near Tulsa, Oklahoma at a town named Broken Arrow. Getting back on the road Tuesday he drove to Goodland, Kansas where we stopped for the night.
Leaving the hotel Tuesday morning in light rain I saw my first sign of Spring. A bright yellow daffodil that I drowned in light from my flash 😦
The light rain was supplemented by occasional cloudbursts through Oklahoma
Entering Kansas with the rain we went through the Weigh Station….
A toll ticket plaza on the Kansas Turnpike to get a ticket…..
Exiting the Kansas Turnpike to make our way to I-70 and head west on I-70.
The rain had ended by the time we reached I-70. The rain was traded for gusting winds up to 30 miles an hour. This brand new truck is rather noisy with the winds trying to force its way into the driver side door.
Kansas farm land goes on forever! Miles of chopped up and dried out corn fields are strung together like beads on a necklace. Only one lone farmer was seen tending his field with a tractor driven crop sprayer.
My favorite sight on these long empty landscapes are the barns with their strange faces 😀
Pivot irrigation machines are another feature of the Kansas farmland. When these long sprinklers are operating there are multiple rainbows dancing in the sun.
Tuesday night we stopped in Goodland, Kansas for the night. About 17 miles from the Colorado border.
Wednesday would take us from Goodland, Kansas to Rock Springs, Wyoming.
Wednesday morning we encountered fog on I-70 for about 15 miles.
We had to make a stop in Evans, Colorado for a much anticipated kraut burger.
We had been warned about snow and ice going through Wyoming. Thankfully the snow was evident in small patches out in the fields. Far off mini mountains were dressed in blankets of snow.
Driving further west in Wyoming the skies that dominate the landscape put on a dramatic display.
By the time we reached Rock Springs, Wyoming Joe had stopped four times at various truck stops hurriedly running to find a bathroom. Arriving at the hotel for the night Joe was so sick and uncomfortable he was sure he had food poisoning. I didn’t have any symptoms although we ate the same things that day.
Calling our doctor at home I was told there is a stomach virus going around and Joe had it. So we are hanging out in Rock Springs Wednesday night, Thursday, and Friday.
Joe is doing better today, Friday. Maybe we will get back on the road tomorrow. He is up and in a chair. He has walked to the breakfast area and had a little oatmeal to eat.
There is a grocery store across from the hotel where I went to get all manner of things to ease Joe’s discomfort.
Snack packets of Jello and applesauce
A microwave serving of Chicken Noodle soup.
7 Up and Gatorade to force liquids on him.
And Pepto Bismal to ease the diarrhea and vomiting.
Even though we are out in the wilds at the middle of nowhere it is good to have these little towns to give us succor.
Hope you are all fairing well. Before I leave today I want to tell you about a book I read yesterday while Joe slept.
The Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline is a story of two young women who have been orphaned at the tender ages of 7 and 10. One woman is now in her 90’s and the book is her story of being alone on the Orphan Train. The other woman is 17 and about to age out of the foster care system. Although decades separate these two the experiences are the same. These two lost women have a magnificent and moving story to tell.
I had my face buried in my iPhone all day yesterday reading this fascinating novel. Stopping only long enough to tend to Joe.
Hope you all enjoy your weekend. We hope to be heading out tomorrow.