Friday, November 20, 2009

My Trip Across The Country: May 4-9, 2009: DAY #2

Okay, so I am back to tell you about my big trip all the way across the country from Connecticut to California!

May 5th: We are very happy to leave the Motel 6 in Columbus, Ohio. It is the dirtiest one we ever stay in! I do not hide under the covers for a change. It does not smell nice.

I will think twice
When a bed does not smell nice

Because it might have lice
I much prefer mice

(But they are not usually in bed.)

Today I try to sleep as much as possible. It is very difficult in a moving vehicle. Sometimes we go over bumps, other times we slow down and Chevy Truck changes his purr. This wakes me up.

One thing which REALLY bothers me is the sound of the turn-signal. Do not ask me why, I do not know! I always meow when it comes on.

I think it bothers People #1 too, because he often talks about how loud it is.

People #2 thinks it is GOOD that the turn-signal is loud, because then you never leave it on accidentally. He hates it when people drive down the road doing that.

He calls this a "Pet Peeve". Watch your language, sport!

When People #1 starts getting tired, he turns on something called "Talk Radio". This is Peoples talking out of something in the dashboard of Chevy Truck. It is as noisy as Idiot Box in the corporate apartment but there are no moving pictures to go with it. How boring!

Yap-yap-yap, all the way through Ohio.

Okay, we are leaving Ohio. Will you please turn the radio off?

It is so considerate of Ohio to let us know that we are leaving. Some states do not even say goodbye.

I meow again about the radio but People #1 says, "Not yet".

Now we are in Indiana.

Finally I get used to the noise and go back to sleep, on the console in-between the seats. It is a nice perch when I am awake too.

The best perch, however, is the dashboard. My Peoples are always amazed that I like it up there. Chevy Truck has a nice, wide place for me to sit.

After a while we come up to a big city, with tall things sticking up out of the ground like in Hartford.

Its name is Indianapolis.

A couple hours later (are we in Illinois?) I see a HUGE thing coming up! What is it?

The afternoon wears on. Suddenly we are over water. People #2 says that it is called Mississippi, and it is a VERY big river.

Then we are in another state, which means another picture of a sign. I do not quite understand what the big deal is. This piece of dirt looks very much like the last one. At least at first.

Just north of St. Louis, both my Peoples get excited. They see a big place at the side of the road where they sell Airstreams. My Peoples buy their first Airstream from this company in 1998, from a different location. They often talk about visiting the new store, but I am glad they never do. I like my Airstream #2, thank you very much!

Here is another river. This one's name is Missouri.

All these new names to remember!

We get across the state and arrive in Kansas City. We go to the Kansas side and finally stop for the night, in nearby Merriam. This is where we stay for three weeks before going to Hartford. We leave Airstream here while we are in Connecticut.

We are so glad to see Airstream again! Back to familiar surroundings. (No more Motel 6's!)

If you look closely you can see People #1 getting us ready to leave the next morning.

To be continued: Day #3!


Poetikat said...

Hey Rupert! Nice to see you back after such a long time.
I don't like the sound of talk radio either, and LICE?!!!! Yikes!

Furkidsmom said...

What a cool trip. Our Daddy is from Kansas City and Mom said she's seen a lot of those signs too!!

Sniffie and the Florida Furkids

Laila and Minchie said...

Loving the pictures and hearing about your cross country trip!

Inigo Flufflebum and d'Artagnan Rumblepurr said...

Such an adventure, and we LOVE your little poem!

The Island Cats said...

Rupert, you are such a world traveler! We are so impressed!

-d ma said...

i liked your lice poem. very profound.

Poppy Q said...

What a big trip Rupert.

You asked me about the socks. I like them on peoples feet, and the stinkier the better. I don't like visitors to touch me with their hands, I will run away, but I let them give me a foot rub.

Gracie said...

Oh my, you right in my neighborhood. Indiana! Yes you were! OK, you were 2 l/2 hours from me but that is pretty close huh?
I could have told you about the Motel 6 things. The mom and dad stayed in one not even for two hours. They left and checked into another place after already paying for the room.
Stay safe on your journey I will be checking back to see how things are going.

Huffle Mawson said...

Are you have a Griswold vacation across America?

Rupert said...

Huffle: What is a Griswold? It sounds a bit scary!

Paws 'n Claws,

Cory said...

You are so very brave Rupert. I don't like travelling at all...I just stay in my house. Those rivers look very wet.

Harry Spotter said...

Hi Rupert,

Gald you made it, what a long trip. What an adventure you had, lucky guy. Thanks for visiting me today. Want a sister?

Harry Spotter