Archive for August 31st, 2008

Progress Report

Sunday, August 31st, 2008

This is a picture of Laura with Diederick and Carly.

I had a good conversation with our daughter Laura this evening.

Those of you who have been reading my blog for a while know that Laura, Darren and their two children are traveling cross-country, towing their earthly possessions behind them, from Vermont to Washington State.

They are with Darren’s folks now, in Jamestown, North Dakota, having traveled over 1,600 miles so far. That’s the good news, but the bad news is that there are about 1,400 miles yet to go. While they are visiting in North Dakota, Darren is planning on putting new shock absorbers on his diesel truck, and trying to lighten the load by leaving his motorcycle and some other heavy items at his folks’ place. The mountains that are yet to be crossed are steeper than the ones crossed thus far, and evidently even the milder slopes were very trying on the truck and the conscientious driver. Lightening the load sounds like a VERY good idea.

I can’t wait to read Laura’s account of the journey. One thing she told me is that they have been measuring time by hundreds of miles. One of Darren’s co-workers gave them a very thoughtful grab bag gift full of little toys for Diederick, who is two years old. They are to give Diederick one toy every two hundred miles, to help break the monotony of travel. He is really enjoying those toys, but her point to me was that those hundreds of miles seemed to pass so quickly, relatively speaking. Before she knew it, the little guy was swimming in toys.

That’s about all I have to say about that. We’re very much looking forward to seeing them, after their rest and visit in North Dakota. Happy trails to you, Darren and Laura!