Cell Phones

We're off again this morning, and I was reminded of something I meant to add to last night's post. I've done a trip through this part of the country (from, say, Ohio through Colorado) about 10 times in my life. The last time I did it was about 11 years ago – a trip an ex and I took to Colorado to go to a wedding of a friend of mine. I realized today that what has made this trip very different is that both of us in the car have our cell phones. So that each day our trip is punctuated by either incoming calls, or calls we're making.

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Grand Island, Nebraska

I'm very sure that people who live here don't much appreciate hearing that they live in the middle of nowhere. I do imagine they hear it a lot. We are in the middle of nowhere. About 150 miles west of Omaha, NE, Grand Island is a small city (4th largest in Nebraska with a whole 44,000 people!)

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Iowa City

Here I am, sitting in a restaurant in Iowa City, my friend is in search of bagels, and I'm doing OK. Iowa City has been fabulous. The restaurant I'm sitting in right now is an amazing restaurant called Devotay. It's owned by Kurt Friese, who is the brother of a good, old friend of mine.

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Kent, OH

We've arrived in Kent, OH, a small college town outside of Cleveland,
OH. Kent is the home of Kent State university, the site of that infamous
incident with the National Guard killing students.

Were staying in the home of a wonderful Quaker – a free night's stay!
Very nice hospitality.

We got to swim in Lake Erie this afternoon. Yay.

Tomorrow, it's Iowa City IA, a UU B&B and dinner at Devotay, a
restaurant owned by the brother of a good friend of mine.

The road winds on….

(sorry for the lack of the usual links – I'm sending this from my cell
phone…)

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The last night…

So, this is it. the last night I spend in the Valley, my home of 16 years. It's still hasn't completely sunk in yet – I imagine as I'm driving west it will begin to.

I'm leaving on my journey at what I like to call "the crack of dawn" tomorrow (actually, 7:30am). Our first stop is a UU bed and breakfast in Cleveland, OH. The car is packed to the gills (pictures later) and ready for the trip. I'm not exactly sure I'm ready for the trip, but I guess I'll have to be by tomorrow morning.

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