ON THE OPEN ROAD
Ralph and Sharleen's Road Trip.
Short on time, Big on Adventure
By Sharleen Barbagallo
We woke up in the morning to a steady rain, got cleaned
up, spent some time visiting, then drove to the bakery and restaurant where
Morgan works and spent more time catching up with Laura, Morgan and Greta
over a delicious breakfast. If only there was a way to bottle a two year
old's energy, I would have bottled some of Greta's for the trip back home.
She's so adorable and blessed with such loving parents. If only there was
more time in a day, we would have stayed longer, but we needed to begin
the drive back home. So, we hugged our dear friends, said good-bye and
headed down the road.
Singing, I mean Sitting in the rain
Ralph and I stopped at the nearby Target and bought a
couple of plastic storage containers to fit in the trunk, to prevent our
gear from getting soaked in case the car had any leaks. We also got some
towels to soak up any leaks that might occur in the interior of the car.
We went across the street to a self serve car wash and got everything loaded
into the containers and into the trunk, and armed the passenger compartment
with the towels and with a 1/2 dozen of some fantastically delicious almond
sticky buns from Morgan's bakery.
Ralph's not afraid of a little rain! So, let's hit the road!
We headed out of town, in the pouring rain along a route
that ran along side the mighty Mississippi River. We drove along this beautiful
scenic route for an hour or so, then crossed the river over into Wisconsin.
The mighty Mississippi on the left, the bluffs on the right
Did someone say Frozen Custard? This is the place to
get it, and Ralph was nice enough to stop in Wisconsin when we saw a sign
for Culver's (They make some of the best). The rain finally stopped about
half way through Wisconsin, then it was sunny skies for the rest of the
trip. We found that there were no leaks inside of the car. Heck, there
wasn't even any wind noise! Ralph checked over the contents of the trunk
and found not even one drop of water had found it's way inside. The car
was the star, and we didn't want it to leave us stuck on the side of the
road with our thumbs up. The car didn't seem to want to misbehave, which
was a good thing, considering this was a major road trip. This trip was
all about the car, and about all cars (OK, it was also about the food).
Ralph, In the Zone