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Month: April 2004

Day One:

Well, here I am in Indiana at a hotel for the night. Things were starting to get a little fuzzy so I figured some sleep was in order.

By the way, I highly recommend “Baymont” hotels… Cheap and free broadband too!

Anyways, the trip has been fairly uneventful so far. I left FBerg at about noon after stopping by the shop for the parting ritual.

I also recommend MP3 head units… One CD full of MP3s played from FBerg to the middle of Kentucky.

The only harrowing part of the trip so far was when the oil light flickered in Louisville Kentucky and as I didn't want to destroy my nice new engine I had to pull it over the first place I could find… Which was no where near a gas station.

Fortunately Zeze was able to locate and enlist some nice folks in Louisville to come to my aid.

It turns out that the engine in the Toyota can, at high RPMs, pull oil from the PCV system and burn minute amounts… Well apparently 1000 miles at 80 MPH or so consumed about two quarts. Which is a lot when the engine only holds 3.5 quarts.

No harm done though. I got the car off the road and shut down quick enough to prevent any damage and after giving it two quarts of oil, it's a happy camper again. I need to check the oil every time I gas up though, just to make sure everything is ok.

And with that, I'm off to bed. I'm 3.5 hours from St. Louis and I want to be there by noon…

Peter GabrielSan Jacinto

I'm outta here!

Tell everybody I'm on my way
New friends and new places to see
With blue skies ahead yes
I'm on my way
And there's nowhere else
that I'd rather be

Tell everybody I'm on my way
And I'm loving every step I take
With the sun beating down yes
I'm on my way
And I can't keep this smile off my face

'Cause there's nothing like seeing
each other again
No matter what the distance between
And the stories that we tell
will make you smile
Oh it really lifts my heart

So tell 'em all I'm on my way
New friends and new places to see
And to sleep under the stars
Who could ask for more
With the moon keeping watch over me

Not the snow, not the rain
Can change my mind
The sun will come out, wait and see
And the feeling of the wind in your face
Can lift your heart
Oh there's nowhere I would rather be

'Cause I'm on my way now-
well and truly
I'm on my way now

(I'm on my way now)
REPEAT

Tell everybody I'm on my way
And I just can't wait to be there
With blue skies ahead yes
I'm on my way
And nothing but good times to share

So tell everybody I'm on my way
And I just can't wait to be home
With the sun beating down yes
I'm on my way
And nothing but good times to show
I'm on my way

Yes, I'm on my way

-0000:23:36:22 (or sooner)

Well, cross-referencing the projected weather phenomenon along my proposed trajectory is leading me to theorize that I should get underway this afternoon.

I'll know more in a few hours… If I do get on the road today it'll be around noon which should get me most of the way through West Virginia by nightfall.

Either way I'm packing now, doing my last load of laundry here, and burning a few CDs full of MP3s for the trip.

This is going to be fun. 🙂

R.E.M.Wichita Lineman