Yesterday, we spent the day on the road, on a return trip from the solar eclipse. The night before, we only made it as far as Westminster, CO, and so we spent the night at my cousin’s house.
In the morning, we got up and actually visited (we arrived late the night before and everyone was tired). After chatting for a bit, we all went to lunch at Whole Foods. After lunch, we said our goodbyes and headed south on I-25, driving the rest of the day to Rio Rancho.
We had a great visit, and the drive was easy and painless as well. All said and done, the eclipse traffic was the nicest traffic I have ever seen. In Wyoming, we spent around 10 hours waiting in traffic leaving the eclipse site. In that time, I heard one car horn and saw zero accidents. Even though the lines at the rest area were often close to an hour long, everyone chatted and was friendly.
Now, it’s back to our regularly scheduled routine.
Yesterday, we drove from Joplin, MO, to Rio Rancho, NM. It was a long drive, and I swapped driving with JoAnna in Clines Corners, NM, and she finished the trek. We made few stops along the way, as we knew this was going to be a long journey.
Other than that, there is not much to say. We spent twelve hours driving, plus another hour or two at stops along the way.
Today, I head back to work to see what got messed up when left to PhDs.
Yesterday, we finished our drive to Forsyth, IL, starting the day in Fort Scott, KS. It was a relatively easy drive, with no major hitches.
I made contacts on amateur radio while we drove through Western Missouri. I trailed off as we got close to I-44, as I have operated from most of those counties, and the traffic got heavier around some road construction.
In the evening, I met up with my group for the Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS) workshop here in Forsyth, IL. This event is hosted by ADM, and we will spend the next two and a half days doing plant tours and watching presentations about chemical safety. I’m looking forward to it!
In the evening, JoAnna and I were able to get outside and photograph the International Space Station (ISS) again, this time over Illinois.
Yesterday, I spent the day driving from Van Buren, AR, to Rio Rancho, NM. A few miles into Oklahoma, the Crown Vic just stopped running in the middle of I-40. The engine just shut off. I coasted to a stop on the shoulder, popped the hood, and looked for anything leaking or a broken belt, but saw nothing. After a few minutes, I turned the key and it started again. We drove to Oklahoma City and stopped at a Firestone that was about to close. They did an engine code check, and saw that there was a throttle error, but did not have time to run a diagnostic before closing time. We continued west.
In Amarillo, we stopped for dinner at Red Lobster (to celebrate my birthday!) and then continued west. As we were way behind schedule, we ended up pulling over and sleeping for a bit before returning home right before sunrise.
Yesterday was a travel day for me, though I did get to do some visiting as well. I left my parents’ house and headed south towards Virginia Beach. I will eventually go back to Pittsburgh, but I wanted to catch up to a few friends on the eastern shore of Virginia, as it has been almost ten years since I last saw them.
I got stuck in I-64 traffic, but I eventually made it through the mess. I operated my amateur radio equipment in several new counties southeast of Richmond, and attempted to livestream my crossing of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel system, though the phone overheated, and I think I lost the video.
I ended up meeting my friends for dinner, with some of their coworkers, at Riverside Grill, just inside the Maryland border. We had a great time!
In the evening, I drove over to Ocean City, MD, and spent the night in the Sahara, which is a hotel on the boardwalk. I was able to get the place for $99, which is pretty sweet. I stayed up kinda late walking the boardwalk.
Yesterday, I spent the day driving from Pittsburgh, PA, to Jersey, VA, to visit my parents. I operated my amateur radio equipment on the VHF side. I spent the day playing on six meters and two meters, as there was a VHF contest. I operated from four new grid squares.
I drove down to Arlington to have dinner with my friends, Martha and Eric, whom I haven’t seen for several years. We had a great dinner and visit!
In the evening, I drove back into Maryland and then over the Potomac, rather than trying to go down 95 with all of the accidents.
I took a walk along the Potomac river at sunset, and I will post photos on my outdoor blog.
I arrived at my parents’ house in the evening and have had a nice visit with them so far.
Yesterday, I dropped JoAnna and Joey off at the conference and then did a little driving. I drove nearly to Erie, PA, then turned around and drove to Steubenville, OH. I did most of my driving so that I could operate my amateur radio equipment from new counties. I operated from 3 counties in PA, 2 in WV, and 2 in OH.
In the evening, I picked up JoAnna and Joey, and then we met our old friend, Atta, at a Whole Foods. We hadn’t seen Atta in years, though she was our roommate for a few days back in 2006, and a good friend for many years after. It was good to catch up to her!