Day 3

October 31, 2020 – Awoke well rested and ready for another long day of driving. The sky was still dark when I loaded up the car and Gaston and I hit the road toward Nebraska. Another beautiful sunrise this morning. Not quite as striking as yesterday. This time I just took a quick shot while driving.

I got into more of a groove today, having a better feel for coordinating fuel, bathroom, and poochwalking breaks. With about 12 hours of total driving time, I could break for all three tasks about every four hours.

Corn and soy fields as far as the eye can see welcomed us to Nebraska. It is definitely the land of big sky, especially on a sunny clear day like this one.

We made it all the way to St. Joseph tonight but had to cross the river over to Kansas City to find an affordable motel with an available room. Some of the other guests were outside enjoying the warm clear evening. They had a Bullypit puppy (first time I have heard of this breed) who was very friendly and sweet. I was so tired from driving all day that I moved only the bare essentials into the room and went straight to bed. I woke up a couple of times to loud music playing and people enjoying their Friday night.

Eight states traveled so far:
Washington
Oregon
Idaho
Utah
Wyoming
Nebraska
Iowa
Missouri
Kansas

Tomorrow we should make through a few more, ending in Georgia.

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kyleenaustin

I am passionate about outdoor exploration. In the recent years I have discovered how much more I can experience from a kayak. I am a professional musician and own a kayaking company. I have also had the honor of starting up three artisan dairies, growing food for people locally.

4 thoughts on “Day 3

  1. Good morning Kyleen,
    Please be careful out there. this virus thing is for real and killing lots of folks.
    I would love travel out to see my daughter in ontario but at my age can’t take any chances. And certainly
    don’t want to catch it and pass it on to others, in case I was one of the people who carry it without showing symptoms.
    Im going to hunker down here till its safe.
    rod

    1. Hi Rod,

      Good to hear from you. My mom died on September 17th and I didn’t come to Georgia to say goodbye or attend the close-family-only burial because of the virus. I waited six weeks until I could more safely drive here to help take care of my dad.

      I have take every safety precaution known to me on the drive here and after arriving. Mercifully, in the 10 days I have been here, neither I nor my dad have had any symptoms.

      Thanks for caring and for the safety solidarity. May we all get through this time with our health in tact!

      Fondly,
      Kyleen

  2. Hey, Kyleen! Heading east to visit family? Praying for a safe trip for you. It was so wonderful to paddle with you this past August. Take care and God be with you.

  3. Hi Kyleen, so you’re there and feeling fine? I am so relieved and thankful!!! Have a wonderful and renewing visit and continue to be vigilant. Sending our love your way!
    C&G

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