We just returned home from a two week driving vacation and I need another vacation to recover. We don’t usually drive almost continuously when we travel, but this trip was a bit different in many respects.
I think I’ll just outline it first, then write about segments as I find the time. I think my fibro fog is kicking up as a result of the pace of the vacation and I’m finding it difficult to stay focused enough to write for long stretches. So I’ll try a different method to see if it helps. That’s really what living with fibromyalgia successfully is all about. Using what seems to be working until it doesn’t – then trying something new until you get to the place of balance again – knowing full well it isn’t a permanent state.
The trip began with a flight to Kansas City, MO. In Kansas City, we rented a car for a one-way trip, loaded up the luggage and set off for Kansas and Nebraska. We spent one night in Lincoln, NE and a second night in Alliance, NE.
Phase 2 of our trip was a visit to the Pine Ridge Reservation and our Lakota friends there for 5 days. When I write about that, I’ll talk about the people we visited and the mileage we put on in just those 5 days.
Phase 3 was the return trip. It included visits to Custer State Park (SD), Theodore Roosevelt National Park (ND), stops in Dickinson and Fargo, ND and our final destination before flying home, Minneapolis, MN.
Right now the fibro fog is fairly thick and I’m struggling to think clearly – and fighting the urge for a nap at 10 AM. The pain did flare up due to the varying quality of the mattresses at 7 different motels. I sometimes wish I could take my own mattress with me, but I think that would put our luggage into the overweight category. Airlines are getting finicky about that! Besides, I’m not sure it would fit with my pillow already in there. Fibromyalgia does make travel more challenging. But with a little planning and a lot of attention to details, it can still be fun to travel.
But for now, I think the nap urge is going to win . . .