On the Road Again

Yes, as Susan commented in my last entry, even on vacation I can’t get away from Xanga! Guess where I am now. Give up? Las Vegas!! We arrived around 11:00 pm, and it is just completely unbelievable. It’s so overwhelming because everything really is as big and bright as it looks in the movies and on TV. We’re staying in this awesome hotel called The Luxor, and it’s a pyramid (it’s prettier than the Memphis pyramid, I must say), and there are like 10 restaurants inside it, a bunch of shows, and 800 pools. (That might be a slight exaggeration. We didn’t have a chance to see them all tonight.)

The road trip has been fun, if not slightly exhausting. We’re clipping along at a rather fast pace so we can make it home for Father’s Day, which means that yesterday and today we were driving for 12 hours. Good thing we’re fun gals and enjoy each other’s company, or it would be miserable! But instead we’ve laughed hysterically about something pretty much every other minute, and we’ve had lots of good music to entertain us.

The one dark spot on the trip occurred in the small town of Hawthorne, Nevada. I was driving, and we had just stopped for gas and were headed toward the highway when I look up and see flashing lights in the rearview mirror. Yes, that’s right. I got pulled over. We were all very confused because we honestly couldn’t figure out why the cop was pulling us over, but then he came to the window and asked if I’d “observed” the speed limit. I told him I actually hadn’t seen any signs in the two minutes I’d been on the road, and so he wanted to clarify that I hadn’t “observed” the speed limit. I said no again, and he said he’d clocked me going 11 miles over. Do you know how fast I was going? Not 70. Not 80. THIRTY-SIX. Apparently the speed limit was 25 mph, but none of us had seen a sign. The cop was nice about it and knocked it down to a 5 mph violation, so I’ll be “donating” $47 to the hideous town of Hawthorne, Nevada. Perhaps it can go toward repairing the door panel of the Shell station, which looked as though someone had put a bullet through it. At the time I was a little upset about it because this will be the first ticket to actually go on my record and I just really had no idea I was doing anything wrong, but it could be a lot worse, so I’m thankful. It’s kind of funny now. I guess. 🙂

Well, it’s getting rather late here and we have a full day of sight-seeing in Vegas planned, so I’m going to head to bed. I hope everyone’s having a lovely week, and I’m sure I’ll be updating tomorrow as well, since we paid $10.99 for this internet service. (You’d think if Holiday Inn could provide free internet the Luxor could, but whatever.)

Happy trails!

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