Part 1 : From Tulsa OK to Kansas
Jan 8, 2003
|January 8, 2003
We got so excited to leave, we left one day earlier than we planned. This did not make for a very organized trip. We stayed up almost all night that last night in our house in Tulsa, trying to get the truck stuffed with whatever we could and mopping floors and making things look "sellable."
It was all very surreal. We had all our cash and traveler's cheques suddenly disappear sometime in the night (about $4,000.00). A family had been looking at the house earlier, and we suddenly thought someone stole it. About an hour after finding it missing, we found it in my coat pocket. Oh, boy - did I feel dumb.
That was the kind of day we were having all day, though. It was as if someone was trying to keep us from leaving. We fell asleep about 5am and woke up about 9am kind of startled. Someone was coming to look at the house at about 9:30, so we threw ourselves and our persian cat and yorkshire terrier into the truck and drove off.
I just had to extend a gesture to our next door neighbor as we drove away. I also vigorously honked the horn. He was the one who was suspected of poisoning several dogs in our neighborhood (including one of ours, for no real reason) and let his dogs bark in our bedroom window day and night. Now, I'm not just talking about just a little barking. I'm talking about the kind of agitated dog barking that drives you straight up a wall. So, it felt good to honk and let him know I was glad to never see him again.
It was January, so Tulsa was pretty cold (about 20 degrees). We drove around Tulsa until about 12 noon, griping at each other about how much junk was in the back of the truck. We kept stopping and griping again at each other (we were so tired, we were crazy in the head) about all the stuff we couldn't see over in the rear view mirror.
We would stop at one post office, box a bunch of it up and mail it to our new post office box in Chugiak, Alaska. Then, we would drive around some more, testing the visibility and find we still couldn't see over the junk in the back of truck. (we had a Dodge Durango with all the seats folded down and everything packed in like sardines). So, we would stop at another post office and pack up some more stuff.
By this time, it was getting to be lunchtime hell traffic in Tulsa, so we griped at each other some more about that. We really do have a great marriage, but when you're tired - well, you know. We finally decided it was time to leave the great state of Oklahoma and confusion. We started driving north towards Kansas. We were so tired, we just felt like we had to get out of Oklahoma at least. We didn't think we could get very far that day, though.
It was so cold and windy in Kansas, it tore the bra off the front of our Dodge Durango during the mere 150 miles we drove in the state. We had to take it off because it had scratched the paint, was causing wind drag from hell, and it was not very much fun to watch flapping around as we drove.
We found a hotel in Park City, Kansas that allowed us to bring our cat and dog in with a minor pet deposit. If you ever need to stay somewhere in Kansas City (or Park City) that is reasonable and "pet-friendly," they were a very nice motel with very clean rooms. You can reach the Days Inn there by calling (316) 832-1131