Whether it's getting on a plane in the middle of a hurricane, drinking a noxious liquid otherwise known as "port" to be polite (actually it was delicious--they just don't know how to transport it to the UK so it doesn't taste like antifreeze) or teaching adolescents for 12 years before realising the life of a supply teacher was where it's at, I've just never been known to take the easy route.
|My watch says "2am" but my body knows it's not break time yet!!|
Today I am on a 24-hour odyssey on a Greyhound bus to get to Seattle from San Francisco. I'm halfway through, my butt is numb but I have enough Combos and iced tea (it's OK, I can cope!) to see me through the apocalypse so I'm pretty happy. Oh and I have wifi!! I could do this for a few days ;)
I also watched Venus rise as the morning star followed by a spectacular sunrise. At the moment I'm travelling through Salinas County, the very area my former GCSE English pupils used to think was a place John Steinbeck made up. The highway cuts through huge areas of conifers, mountains and rivers. I can almost see George and Lenny hiding in a brook or hear the clink of horseshoes near the bunkhouse.
I love road trips but living in London really does mean it is too expensive to have a car--even if I could get a place to park one. So between naps, I'm putting the finishing touches on my lecture for NORWAC, answering emails (great goddess where do they all come from?) and just enjoying scenery I don't get to enjoy in London: an upside down big dipper, tiny farmhouses in the middle of no where, a sunrise so vivid it looked like someone dabbed bright red lipstick on the top of the mountain ranges and of course, there's nothing like meeting real Americans in the middle of nowhere.
Oh I had Taco Bell's egg quesadillas with diablo sauce for breakfast!
I could have taken a plane to Seattle but that wouldn't have been as interesting! So when I arrive looking a little bleary-eyed, you'll know it's because I didn't want to miss a thing on my way to the conference.
Last shout out for my lecture tomorrow (I think tomorrow is Friday):