20 hours of driving in two days is no fun, unless it’s in a dragster. This past week I, along with Chris, moved my entire life from Orange, California to Pullman, Washington. Last weekend Chris and I (okay, mostly Chris…) loaded the gorgeous trailer with my belongings in about five hours. It was hot and sticky in California and made the physical labor just no fun. Luckily I had done most of the packing before Chris arrived making our (okay, his…) job easier. The trailer held all my stuff perfectly with room to spare. However, it was significantly heavier than when loaded with the car. We had to do some rearranging to make sure the weight was balanced properly. Though overall, the trailer took on the job with grace. Chris also made a great decision with the truck he purchased to tow the trailer with. Anything less powerful and it wouldn’t have been able to pull the weighed down trailer.
On Monday morning we set out on our long drive to the Northwest. Our goal for the first day was a 10 hour drive to Winnemucca, Nevada. Chris started our before me, as I had a few errands to run before I left town, and made great time in the trailer. It was not until late in the afternoon that I finally caught up with him and the trailer. The first photo I took during our drive on the first day. I had a close call or two while trying to take this picture, but it turned out great. I guess my driving skills came in handy there. Hopefully they hold up on the strip. We then were stuck in some construction in Nevada, a couple of hours from our hotel. Luckily it was another great photo opportunity. If you look closely at the second photo, you can see my “Crew Chief” at the wheel! We finally made it to Winnemucca and I have never been so exhausted in my life. The morning wake up call came way too soon and my rear end was not pleased about another 10 hour day of driving. The second day was just as long, except this drive consisted of a windy, narrow road through Rattlesnake Pass. Our handy-dandy GPS’s had it out for us and took us through quite a ridiculous drive. Over the two day period I drove through California, Nevada, Oregon, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Washington. Crazy drive, huh? The final leg of our trip was through Rattlesnake and proved to be a challenge for Chris and the heavy trailer. However, we both made it to Pullman safe and sound.
Wednesday we moved everything into the apartment. And when I say “we” I mean Chris, Stephen (my brother) and I watched the two college basketball players from the University of Idaho carry my stuff up three flights of stairs. Chris and I were both terrified of the thought of the third story apartment and decided to call a moving company to hire two helpers. The men who showed up were both close to 7’ tall and could lift anything handed to them. They carried heavy boxes (that Chris couldn’t even slide across the floor) up three stories like they were feathers. They unloaded the entire trailer in an hour and forty-five minutes. Chris and I were just dumbfounded. I have decided that I will never again move without movers. It made a painful situation significantly less unbearable. Thursday Chris headed home to Woodinville and Deb, my mom, joined me in Pullman for the decorating portion of the adventure. We spent Thursday through Sunday putting the apartment together. It ended up looking great and I am excited to have a new place to live!
I am currently in my parents’ house in Woodinville, where I will spent the next two months. It’s always good to come home for a while. Friday Chris and I will be heading out to Bremerton Raceways for a Test and Tune. Stay tuned for an update!