Houston (or maybe it’s Dallas), we have a problem. Our home assignment schedule is not quite working out for us here at the beginning of the trip, and last evening we realized we can’t wait until next Tuesday to leave. We need to leave earlier. As early as we can at this point. So, instead of next Tuesday, we’re planning on this Saturday. That will give us three extra days to work with and which we’ll need.
One conflict we had was the earliest we could arrive in Florida for the first leg of our trip would mean we’d miss a relative who will be traveling by the time we arrive. We should be able to arrive in Florida at least one day earlier than planned which will give us a chance to visit with this family member (we haven’t seen him in 6 years as I recall).
Another problem was even with the schedule we had, it looked like we could not be in Dallas for more than 2 days and possibly even less than that. We have an important list of things we need to do before hitting the road for at least 60 consecutive days from leaving Dallas and returning to Dallas, so we need to be sure we’re ready for that kind of travel. It’s exhausting and stressful at times so to be sure we have a few days in Dallas where we can catch our breath before embarking from there is important to setting off with a good frame of mind and body…or just mind. We don’t talk about body anymore!
A third issue that came up was the city of San Juan del Río decided to fix the triangular road in our neighborhood. This is something the city declared it would never do since some years before we moved here to rent this house, the neighborhood installed gates to make it “private” for safety. So, private areas don’t get city repairs to streets. Well, presumably with a big election coming up in a month, some political party decided to do a favor for the neighborhood (for no reason at all mind you), and they’re fixing our cobblestone road. They’re tearing it completely out and will reconstruct the entire 6 linear blocks of street by hand, shovel, and front-end loader. By next week, it appears the plan is that we’d be parking 2 blocks from our house. Have you ever packed a van for a 3 month trip that is 2 blocks away (or further)? And I don’t think all the cars in this neighborhood will even possibly fit along that outside street. It’s going to be a problem, and we’re going to leave just before it becomes a problem for us. The project will take 2 months, so it should be finished before we get back. Thank-you very much. You have our vote! (haha)
This morning we were able to get Dayton’s orthodontist appointment moved up from Saturday morning to Friday morning in the only slot that was still available; tomorrow we take Peanut the dog up to our co-workers rancho where she’ll be entertained for the next 3 months by the great outdoors and a chorus of other dogs on the property; and, we need to make a few adjustments to some meetings that we are going to miss.
We’d appreciate your prayers for our travels starting this Saturday and Sunday, May 9 and 10. With the elections upcoming in early June, the drug war appears to be heating up again as it always does before elections, and that fact is not lost on our thinking and prayers for safety as we drive to the border.
Thanks for praying with us during those two days and then beyond. I’ll try to take pictures and provide a travelogue for this trip as we go. May it be an enjoyable 3 months on the road. Visiting with many of you is what will make it enjoyable. We’re looking forward to it and to seeing you if we can. Muchas gracias and more thanks!