Heading East from Sacramento the weather is colder, snowier and more windy than what we've experienced over the past five months. Although we're from Minnesota, it didn't take long for us to forget what cold feels like. We are slowly acclimating to the lower temperatures as we move towards home.
Edwige and I are currently overnighting in the parking lot of a Pilot truck stop in West Windover, NV. Cozy? Not so much but not all that bad considering we have 24-hour access to clean bathrooms and a hot water dispenser for our cocoa and instant mashed potatoes (also saves on gas for our butane stove)!
It's the little things that make the difference and right now having a hot water bottle on our frigid feet is giving us the fortitude to endure 40mph winds rocking our van.
I'll admit, we do like the challenge of life on the road. It seems to build character and coax survival skills we learned long ago, for me as a Boy Scout and in Edwige's case, living on a caribbean island. Think it's easy living on an island? Edwige went through hurricane Louis in 1995 and had to survive for a month without running water or fresh food!
If we could stay in motels when we travel I think we'd seek out all the vintage and family owned establishments. One of the best motels we ever stayed in was the Wigwam Motel in Holbrook, AZ along Route 66. It had all of the essentials: a friendly staff, comfortable bed and a hot shower.
Well, my mind is preoccupied with comfort which means I'm a bit cold and hungry. Time to refill the hot water bottle, put in a movie and prepare some simple sandwiches for dinner. We're definitely back on the road!