Yesterday, I drove the car for three-hours straight over 212 miles of Interstate-90. Today, I drove the same trip backwards. Six hours of driving, 400+ miles of highway, and countless obscenities over two days. Motivation (“energy”) to drive to Butte from Billings after a long-shift came from a wicked combo of fruit-punch Powerade and Monster M-80. On the drive back, I mixed things up with an 8.4 oz. can of Red Bull in lieu of the Monster M-80 (driving on minute sleep required more caffeine). The chairs in the car felt comfortable yesterday, but today they seemed incredibly uncomfortable. My legs were incredibly cramped and stiff by the end of today’s trip, whereas yesterday I didn’t feel any cramps at all.
I’m going to drive the same trip again in two days. Alone.
Driving for that long, without any company, is going to be intense. I’m excited to go, but I am also a little apprehensive. I don’t want to get bored on the way up, so I’m making mix CDs. I don’t want to get hungry either, so I’m buying some good snacks for the road. I don’t want to fall asleep at the wheel, so I’m going to get a good night’s sleep the day before and drink some coffee on the way up. I don’t want to be stranded in the middle of nowhere if the car were to break down (very unlikely), so I’m thinking about bringing some tools along with me. I’m also going to change the oil in the car and check the tire pressure. I might buy a car charger for my phone too…
I have a lot of stuff to do in a short amount of time. I work from noon to nine tomorrow, and then noon ’til eight on Monday. I’ll have to buy most of the stuff I need in the morning on Monday, and maybe make a quick run to the store after work. I want to have everything ready on Monday night so I can leave early on Tuesday morning.
After just completing the drive today, thinking about doing it again seems daunting. A few days of rest from the highway will hopefully make the trip more enjoyable on Tuesday. I’m still excited to hang out with my cousins and check out Evel Knievel days though, so the trip will definitely be worth it.
I’m going to sleep now. It’s nice to be back in my own bed after sleeping on the couch…