Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Kelso to Twin Falls

Irene and I left, Thursday morning, May 15th from our parking space in Kelso for Streator, Illinois. This was a 2107 mile journey!

I chose to attend the monthly pastor's breakfast that morning so we left at exactly 10:00 AM. We drove from Kelso to Twin Falls, Idaho. The drive was uneventful until we were about an hour outside of Twin Falls. I began noticing sparks flying up around the back of my car and the front of the 4 x 8 UHaul we were pulling.

That made me nervous. Oh the sparks didn't, but the attention that it might have drawn made me nervous. You see I had read where some Idaho troopers had been pulling over vehicles with Washington or Colorado plates and searching them for marijuana. (Washington and Colorado have now legalized marijuana)

We had chosen to take a completely packed UHaul filled with furniture and such to our daughter in Streator to help fill and decorate her new rental home. All I could think of was some Idaho patrolman making us empty that floor to ceiling, front to back, packed trailer on the side of the road.

One of the safety chains had broken and was bouncing on the roadway causing the sparks. I wrapped the remaining portion around the trailer tongue and we continued into Twin Falls. 

We checked into the Motel 6 in Twin Falls. I'd like to have the decision back! The room was the size of a jail cell and the bed was like the Idaho Department of Transportation had cut out a section of Interstate 84 and covered it with a sheet and a pillow. Needless to say that was one miserable night. However, they were pet friendly and Fi Fi didn't seem to mind one bit.

I like Twin Falls. It is a cute little town. We had stopped there a couple of times before. I would like to take some time one day and really investigate the surrounding area.

  "And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me."  (2 Corinthians 12:9)


Scott said...

Now you have us all wondering what was really in that trailer! We had some interesting hotel/motel stays along the way this vacation as well. But it all adds to the memories. Looking forward to hearing the rest of the story. Sorry we didn't get the chance to meet up in St. Louis.

Gregg Metcalf said...

Nothing but furniture and knick-knacks! Yeppers, all adds to the great memories of a wonderful time. I too am very sorry we couldn't hook up. Would love to meet you and have coffee one day.

Scott said...

One day!

Arlee Bird said...

I've seen chain sparking on the highway like that. Haven't been to Twin Falls in nearly 30 years, but I'd like to go back and like you explore the area. Probably have no need to ever do that.

It's been ages since I've stayed in a Motel 6. I got spoiled on the road when the company started making us stay in Marriotts whenever we could and I started booking more upscale places. Motel 6 was never a favorite of mine and you effectively described why.

What is the best short story ever written?
Tossing It Out

Gregg Metcalf said...

Arlee Bird - don't yo know it! We are done with Motel 6.

Larri said...

Well, an eventful start to your journey; but you seemed to keep it all in perspective & good humor. Idaho is one of the states I've yet to visit. One day. :)