OUR TRIP TO WYOMING
In 1989, I went to South Carolina on vacation with my then boyfriend, Ralph. At the end of the trip, I came home with a souvenir T-shirt. Ralph came home with a 1966 389 Tri Power GTO. I think that was the moment I realized just how passionate he was about collecting cars. Fast forward twenty years, and I can tell you that most of our vacations together have revolved around cars in some way, shape, or form. So, I wasn’t surprised when, in early spring of 2007, Ralph (now my husband) told me that he had just found his next car. And, we’d have to drive out to Wyoming to get it.
To make our first leg of the trip faster, Ralph decided to purchase an open car trailer at a dealer in Elkhart, Indiana. He explained that we’d save time with nothing in tow between Connecticut and Indiana, and once home, we could sell the trailer to help fund the trip. But, because our time off was limited, we’d have to do some serious endurance driving (we’re talking 24 hours at Daytona). That meant driving in shifts until we hit Indiana. The plan sounded good to me, as I assumed that I’d no longer have driving duty once we picked up the trailer, and I could relax and enjoy riding shotgun. This was a fair assumption, as I’ve never had to drive with a trailer in tow, ever, in my entire life. Boy, was I wrong.
Due to work obligations, we couldn’t leave until Sunday evening, April 29th. Ralph said we’d be in Rapid City, South Dakota by Monday night. I said he was crazy. But, if he wanted to drive all that way, I’d surely work hard to keep him company between all my nap time I’d get from Indiana westward (You see, putting me in a car for more than a couple of hours is equivalent to handing me a bottle of sleeping pills and singing me a lullaby, Good Night!). Sunday night, after work, we packed our bags, tossed them into the back of the truck and headed out. We drove all night until we hit Indiana and found the trailer dealership. It was the crack of dawn, and they weren’t open for several more hours. We scoped out the trailers in the lot and waited for the staff to arrive.