Wednesday morning, I woke up at 4:30 A.M.
Who does that? I mean, the stars are still out, for heaven’s sake.
My cat was judging me. I think she wanted me to climb back into bed with her and go back to sleep for a few hours. Or pet her. She doesn’t really care if I get any sleep, so long as I stay in bed and keep her warm.
But, I couldn’t go back to bed. I had an adventure to start, and sadly, a very large number of adventures start at 4:30 A.M.
I think it might be a requirement.
By 5, the last of my bags were packed, my snacks were in the car, and my little car and I were headed down the road on our way to St. Louis. This was my very first solo road trip, and it was great fun!
For the first ten minutes.
Then I realized there was no one to pass me snacks.
Or open my water bottle.
Or start the audiobooks.
Having a second pair of hands in the car is actually very handy, come to find out.
Despite the lack of someone handing me snacks whenever I wanted them, the drive went exceptionally well. Long highways, cloudy skies, almost no traffic, and beautiful, rolling country for as far as I could see.
Especially in Kansas. I swear, once you hit Kansas, you can start to see the curvature of the earth. Not a bump in sight.
I love you, Kansas.
Just not enough to stay.
But not even Kansas lasts forever, and in the late afternoon, I reached paradise.
Or Missouri. Whichever you want to call it.
I knew for sure I was getting close when I stepped out of the car to get gas and felt like someone had wrapped me up in a steamed towel and pushed me into a sauna. Have you ever tried to breathe through a hot, wet towel?
It is not easy.
I think Missouri might be trying to very subtly murder me. Agatha Christie style. Someone should say something.
Heat aside, I am so excited to be here! This weekend is the Realm Maker’s Conference, and many exciting things are all set to happen! (Including the meeting of a very special author. Squeak! Pictures to come!) I will be sure and let all of you know how things go and post as many pictures as I can remind myself to take. Until then, wish me luck!