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Monday, February 27, 2006

On The Road

Buying a car is a laborous endeavour, not for the weak of heart. From searching every publication in existence to searching the internet for that one special vehicle became so time consuming, that a person forgets there is life outside the realm of auto shopping.

My wife was looking for a small sports car, one in which major gas mileage played a huge role. It also had to have a convertible top, because Spring is right around the corner. We learned, through trial and error, that this was next to impossible to find one of these little gems in our own state. For some reason or another, convertibles are popular up North, in Florida and in California. Why not in Georgia? We have scalding hot Summers, warm Springs and Autumns, so where are the convertibles?

Our search ended with finding a car in Ohio. To bring conclusion to this seemingly never-ending search, we set out for Ohio Friday morning at 4:00am.
The trip took us through Tennessee, Kentucky, and finally Ohio. I learned after the fact that Senator Bill Frist-R-TN was speaking in Lexington, KY, which we passed through. Had I known this beforehand, we would have made a detour off the highway and put my two-cents worth into interrupting his speech. I don't care for this man, as he and his friends on the other side of the aisle have been an over-reaching, power hungry bunch of hoobly goobs, bent on sending our Nation into further despair.

Sorry, I got a little off track. It's just too easy to poke shots at people who I deem better-than-thou Holy Rollers. We picked up the car, and decided to take an alternate route back home. We couldn't stand the thought of looking at miles and miles of never ending farmland we saw while traveling through Ohio. Talk about a boring ride, this is indeed how it is.

We are used to seeing mountains, trees, malls and people. Not dead corn stalks and silos. The trip back took us through West Virginia, Virginia, Eastern Tennessee and finally home. It took a considerable amount of time to make it back this way, but the sights were so much more enjoyable.

One thing I could not understand were the toll roads in W. VA. We stayed on the same road, yet every ten miles or so we had to pay another toll. We already pay extremely high amounts of money for gasoline, which the taxes collected from the sale should be more than enough for upkeep of these roads. I am willing to bet it took a couple of million dollars to build the toll plazas, so I guess we are paying for the buildings and the workers who maintain each booth. In my opinion, this is highway robbery.

Anywho, we made it back safe and sound around 3:00am. a total trip of 1,300 miles in 23 hours. Don't get me wrong, I love to take road trips. But we over did it this time. Either one of us could have fallen asleep at the wheel and turned a happy event into a disaster. The amount of coffee and energy drinks we consumed sorta made this impossible to do though. Caffeine is a wonderful "drug". Its magical powers make the mind more aware of things, and in this case, helped us survive an otherwise great trip to parts of this Nation I had never seen, a great experience.

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