Friday, October 16, 2015
Miss D. and I arrived home safe and sound at about four this afternoon, to be met by an ecstatically purring cat. She'd been cared for by our friends during our absence, but clearly they were no substitute for her real Mommy and Daddy. She's been insatiable ever since we came in, winding herself around our ankles, demanding attention and pettin's, being reassured that we still love her. It's cute.
The rented car looks much the worse for wear. We washed it in Colorado Springs, but that was 2,000-odd miles ago, and it's now covered in insect remains and dust. I'll try to run it through a car wash early tomorrow morning before I return it. I wouldn't want the rental company to think we don't take care of their vehicles. It returned very good fuel economy, averaging well into the 30+ miles per gallon range over the course of the trip. Miss D. and I were both impressed with it, and the experience will probably influence our future car buying habits - not in terms of brand, but features that are worth having. We'll certainly rent a similar car for future trips of this kind.
I'm exhausted. I did almost all the driving this trip (which, of course, I don't mind), and it's caught up with me. I'm not as young as I once was, and even in a very comfortable car, covering almost 4,000 miles in two weeks takes its toll. I've already napped for a few hours, and in a short while I'll fall back into bed for some more rest. (The cat is delighted at the prospect. I can be properly attacked when I'm lying down - or, at least, that seems to be her perspective on the situation!)
I'll put up more posts tomorrow. Meanwhile, thanks to all who offered prayers for traveling safety. They really helped, I'm sure. Now to wash all the dirty clothes, unpack all the bags, clean the guns that got thoroughly dirty at Blogorado (in particular the torture-tested .44 Magnum revolvers, which need it very badly!), and catch up with two weeks of missed mail.
Sleep well, y'all. I intend to!