Kansas City, KS (7:30 AM) to Marshalltown, IA (11:45 AM). 252 miles.
Notables: Total Miles Traveled: 5031.
A short day on the road. Honestly, I should have planned more of those, but oh well. Live and Learn.
It was a frantic start as prehistoric-sized cockroaches scuttled out of the way when I turned on the bathroom light. Okay, I thought, no shower today.
I saw another one—doberman-sized—in the “living room.” And when I shook out my robe, his bigger brother fell out.
Now, I’m not an insect weenie, generally. I either squish bugs or catch and release to the outside. But, this was sort of the Last Straw on my Exhausted Camel’s back. I packed up in record time (checking to make sure I had no hitchhikers) and got the hell out of Dodge. Or Kansas City, as it were.
Once I was on the road, I texted my host, said it was too bad we didn’t actually meet (he’d brought someone home with him last night. You know bachelors. I didn’t think it was cool to stick my head up from the basement to say hi), and why I bugged out so fast.
In all fairness, he apologized sweetly and gave me a partial refund (Okay, I did sleep in the bed, but really?).
In no time, I found myself back in familiar territory. I stopped at my gas station, took a small token of thanks to The Cat Whisperer, put my valiant Corvus through the car wash, and went home to my boys.
And, of course, there’s a notice on my door that Radar, the bedbug sniffing hound, will be here tomorrow. Sigh. There’s no rest for the bug-conscious.
Back to Real Life tonight—Chinese take-out, a movie, and purring cats.
It’s good to be home.