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Three days lay ahead of us. Driving is not a favorite pastime of mine, so I have to plan and endurance schedule. 15 hours of driving make me pause long and hard.
Now it was time to get out my internet map planner and figure out reasonable distances to travel up to my final destination. If I could drive an average of 5 hours per day, then I could manage. My travels would target Westcliffe, Colorado.
We left Houston and planned to arrive in Ft. Worth, TX. It was tough for me. I got so sleepy when we started.
Then, I got sleepy after lunch. Rats! I should have eaten less or even skipped that noon day meal. Now, I broke a lifelong habit of fasting from coffee.
Twice in my life I had consumed a cup of coffee. Once was when I was in finals week during college. Late night studies strained my consciousness.
Another cup was downed during graduate school finals week. Yuck! It tasted so bitter. I didn’t like it.
After those two episodes, I did not try java again. People have always looked at me in disbelief. All five of our children drink coffee but neither my bride nor I do.
Desperate times call for desperate measures. Sleep drove me to pull into the Golden Arches. I stared at the menu not knowing what kind of coffee to order.
Finally, my eyes landed on “iced coffee”. Hey, maybe that’ll be a good option for me. When the McDonald’s worker asked me what I would like, I took a stab into the dark and order some flavored iced coffee, regular size.
We hit the road again and I sipped the beverage. Yuck! Memories of the same bitter flavor came flooding back. The good thing was that I did not like the drink at all but the reaction was strong that I wasn’t sleepy any more!
That hotel was a great sight. Sleep and a restful stay gave me renewed stamina to start driving the next day. With one day of struggle under my belt the second day came easier.
Texas scenery changes every hour. The elevation and the flora and fauna give the journey an amazing kind of fascination. Early struggles of tough driving moments were behind us and now long hours of driving was part of my conditioning. Our road trip planning was paying off as a great journey.