Sneeze, cough and rain



Ah, familiarity breeds contempt sometimes, yes?

In 9,600 miles of travel (19 states over the past 27 days), we had to run our windshield wipers twice, during light rain showers in Washington. Then we hit the Ohio border two days ago, and the deluge started and hasn’t quit yet!

We also realized that after leaving home, our seasonal allergies dissipated. By the time we reached Mississippi, they were almost totally gone. Now? Kleenex and Allegra, sneeze and snort.

Back in the old routine; yeah, man…

But hey, that won’t dampen my spirits today. Time to get back at it, as preparations for school are staring me in the face. Today will be spent restocking Mother Hubbard’s cupboards, with a trip to Costco and Whole Foods. The rest of the week will be catching up with family and friends.

I want to thank you all again, dear fiends, for coming to read and share in our Odyssey this summer. It meant a lot to me! I had a few more “visitors” stop in this year than last, although only a few posted comments. (I can see stats on whereabouts in the world readers are, but no identifying information.) Still, I hope you enjoyed the pictures.

As a result of the last four journeys, I plan to write an e-book about preparing for and executing the Great American Road Trip. I know books have been written on this topic already, but my joy will be writing about how to do the little things that, in our experience, make the voyage more enjoyable and less stressful. Very few may read my little treatise, but it will surely be a labor of love.

Where to on the next Fink Odyssey, you ask? Why, Virginia, DC, Maryland and Atlantic City, of course! Plans begin in 3…2…1…


6 thoughts on “Sneeze, cough and rain

  1. David

    Ahhhhhh excuse me…DC, Virginia, Maryland and Atlantic CIty are in the OPPOSITE direction of Prescott, Arizona. Ahem taptaptaptaptaptap
    Whiskey Row awaits you, where else can you drink at the same bar that Wyatt Earp, Doc Holiday and Big Nose Kate drank? I ask ya? Not to worry we here always drink our whiskey in our gun hand to show our good intentions :)

    1. Rat Fink Post author

      Yeah, I know! We’re going the opposite direction, but mark my words, we’ll be back out west — can’t pass up the opportunity to visit Whiskey Row! (Just promise I won’t get shot.)

  2. Lori

    Welcome home! I’ll definitely read that e-book! I hope to do some travelling now that we’re on this side of our school days! As for DC– my favorite American city (so far)! I’m guessing I’ve been 15 -20 times. I’ve lost count. It’s Mecca for an American History buff!

    1. Rat Fink Post author

      Yes, I was just thinking that now that your baby is done with high school and likely off to college, you’re going to have some empty nesting to do — and no better way to do it than traveling!

      I’ve been to DC a few times (though long ago), but the Thriller’s never been. It will be fun! And thanks for the vote of confidence on the e-book — I’m amassing many tales to tell! :-)

  3. RD

    Welcome back to the allergy infested, water logged, overcast capital of the USA! Sure glad that you’re home safe and sound. You sure beat us on number of miles traveled! We did 5925. Fortunately no car problems, accidents or sickness. Our gas gauge didn’t like the 100+ degree heat. It acted erratically until we got to more moderate climate. You get settled in and we’ll contact you to set up a time for confab. I’ll certainly read your ebook. Your counsel help us immensely, and I’ll be looking for even more helpful hints. I love the more exotic places you roosted, so hope to discover how you find them.

    1. Rat Fink Post author

      Allergy-infested…you ain’t just whistlin’ Dixie there, friend. BLAH

      Thanks for the thumbs-up on reading my little upcoming book. Don’t know how long it’ll take me to finish it, but you just gave me another idea for it — how to find places. Cool, thanks! :-D

      We definitely have to connect here soon, before the school ugliness begins and you guys fly the coop for Paradise again. I’ll be in touch!


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