Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Home is Where the Cat Is


We packed the car, filled Billy's bowl with at least four day's worth of food, asked our neighbor Linda to water our plants, and set of driving to Chicago to visit my Mom and Dad, where we were treated like royalty.

Traveling with the windows of our Fit rolled up, was a new experience. Our bubble of climate controlled air, sped thru the heartland with cruise control set to 70. It was more like spending a day at the office then driving across the fields of the mid-west. We arrived in Chicago fresh, untouched by the road. I relished the comfort.

We chose this same method for our drive back. Windows up, AC on, cruise control set. So easy, so mindless, so comfortable.

There's only one thing.

I missed that feeling of skin tingling, wind whipped, salty smell of the road on my skin. That mix of exhaustion and exhilaration at the end of a day spent mingling with the elements.

So why did I roll up those windows?

And, why would I do it again?

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

I think faced with the choice of comfort or hardship, most people would choose comfort. Its only when you don't have the choice that things get really simple.

jomamma said...

Nice post. I love road trips, and I always have the A/C (or the heater, if needed) on AND the windows or top down. I like that feeling but I like the comfort too.

Mid-Life Cruising! said...

Love the picture. You do look like royalty!

rob said...

Great post why would you travel in any other manner unless of course it was by bike! now your talking but its a different world then :o))

Jamie said...

So very nice to see you two doing more than simply being slaves to the sand and varnish routine! Here's to balance in life, even for the crazy boat people.

Travis and Maggie said...

wow, Jomama, ac & windows down! that's really livin...

Rob, after a road tirp on a bike do you feel like you've just been beat up by something bigger then you?

Thanks Jamie, my thoughts exactly. Although I must say it is much much harder to get back into a routine of boat work after a leisure break. We're having that trouble right now.

jomamma said...

LOL yeah, that's me... full-o-shit, I mean life.

Samantha said...

you guys are too funny... we just drove from san diego to lake michigan- maybe we passed you on the way! yet another strange parallel (or opposite) in our stories! i haven't had time to post about it yet... and since i'm just catching up on reading, i didn't realize til today that we were in the same neck of the woods at the same time!

rob said...

Mmmmmm! Yes I guess I do now at my great age, but when younger (a lot younger) even the flys didn`t phase me, and I had hair to get the wind in too! :o))