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Monday, November 9, 2015

Road Trip-Part 1

6:00 a.m. on the morning of the girls road trip, we clicked together our plastic cups in a toast to the beginning of a ten day journey. Ahhh! Nothing like a spicy Bloody Mary to pop open even the sleepiest eyes. 

We drove off as the sun peeped over the horizon in shades of pink and blue. Determined to make good time, we drove several solid hours until starvation and the need for a potty break called us in to a Bob Evans restaurant in Cape Girardeau. Delicious food and a clean bathroom. What more could a traveler desire?

Eager to get more miles behind us, we didn't linger over our eggs and toast. Back to the car we went, tummies full, bladders empty, and ready to roll.

After pushing through with only quick pit stops and a grab-n-go late lunch, we finally arrived at our first night's hotel stop...the Hollywood Casino in Tunica, Mississippi. This welcome respite couldn't come soon enough. Everyone was stiff-legged from sitting in cramped car position. But we soon forgot our achy muscles. Now we had diversion other than the radio. 

The hotel had numerous displays of film-making paraphernalia such as Batman's car, costumes from The Munsters television show, and a replica of a sinking Titanic. All this, and slot machines, too. Who knew?

I'm not much of a gambler, so I sat at the quarter slot machines while my co-travelers took on a few rounds at the blackjack table. They lost. I came out on top with a whopping $15 gain. Don't worry, I didn't spend it all in one day.

However, my eyes were red and bleary. The hours of driving had caught up with me and my comrades. We stumbled to our room and I can't say I remember much after that.

Except setting the alarm for 6:00 a.m. Whew!


Sioux Roslawski said...

Oh, to be retired. Thanks for sharing, Pat. I can't wait to hear more...

Linda O'Connell said...

This post is giving me wanderlust. I can only imagine the trouble my friends and I could get into. Can't wait to go further on your trip.

Two French Bulldogs said...

Ahhh looks like a start to a wonderful time
Lily & Edward

Sketching with Dogs said...

Sounds like a great first day!
I used to love The Musters when I was a kid - that makes me old right?
Lynne x

Unknown said...

Sounds like you have gotten off to a good start! Enjoy!

Ann Summerville said...

What fun.

Lisa Ricard Claro said...

A road trip with your gal pals...what enviable fun! I'm looking forward to reading part 2 of your trip.

We used to live in Vegas, and I never once played blackjack. I liked the nickle slots...not exactly what you'd call a high roller. lol Not sure they even have nickle slots anymore.

Tammy said...

I am so envious! Meant to tell you I love your new banner.

Unknown said...

This seems like just the perfect trip, Pat! The hotel sounds interesting, and hey, to me, $15 sounds like a great haul. I'm not much of a gambler either ;)

CreekHiker / HollysFolly said...

One of Mom's favorite spots!