R is for Road Trips and Rest Stops

I have been on many road trips but this is my third cross country road trip. Every time I have to climb back in that car I dislike road tripping more and more. It wouldn’t be too bad if we could just stop and go see things…today, for example, we kept passing things with the name “cave” and “park” in the name on the signs but since we have the dog and are trying to get cross country in a certain time frame we don’t really have the luxury of being able to stop and sight see. *insert frowny face here*

Gwen did much better today in the car than she did yesterday. She barely made a sound and was very good at all of the rest stops. When it comes to rest stops, the ones we stopped at today (mostly truck stops and aย restaurantย  were clean and even the human bathrooms were clean. Thank goodness! We have stopped at some pretty nasty rest stops in the past!

Here’s an example of a gross rest stop, and what makes it worse is it is the PET AREA that was gross! The human area was nice and clean. When we went to pick up Gwen from the breeder she was only 9 weeks old so that meant that we had to make a few rest stops since the trip was about 4 hours to home. You couldn’t take a step without looking and almost stepping in some yucky dog poos! Clearly some people need to learn to pick up after their dogs. I don’t care what you do at home, but in a public place, please pick up after your critters! Because that rest stop in South Carolina, right outside of Charleston — I think it was Ladson — had a very, very gross Pet Area.

After our last pit stop, we figured that maybe Gwen could ride the last hour and a half in the front with us instead of her spot on the back seat with her crate. Yeah, that didn’t last long…only about a half hour before I plopped her back in the back seat again. I was covered in dog hair and she couldn’t get comfortable and then we started to “argue.” Gwen didn’t like where I kept trying to rest my hand so she’d bark at it then get all snappy at me. If you said anything to her then she would “sass” back. She kept barking quietly and it sounded like she was talking!

We put a step next to the bed so she could jump on and off easier and safer. She seemed to really like it.

This was Day 2 of our trip, we made it to Topeka, KS. I even helped drive today! A whole 2 hours!!

Oh yeah, and we saw this car at our hotel! Look at how ORANGE it is! It’s like neon!!!


13 thoughts on “R is for Road Trips and Rest Stops

  1. I do enjoy your checkins, am glad to see the three of you are truckin’ on to home ๐Ÿ™‚
    Gimli makes those same sounds when he’s grumpy, I think he’s swearing lol.

    • Thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve done 2 cross country trips in the past 2 years (both moves) and both times going from WA to SC so at least it is a little different going the opposite way this time. Though both other times were without any animals so it was easier to sightsee.
      It’s always nice to have animals that travel well, especially when they’re big!

  2. Awwww, sounds like she’l get used to it in the end! I have a little assistance dog, and she often has to travel with us. The furthest we went was Scotland, and we live in the south of England, it was a 13 hour journey. She just sleeps, we have a special seat belt harness that clips into where the seatbelt goes and she has one of her beds or a thick, fleece blanket to sleep on. We stop every two hours or so for her to wee! (And if she does anything else, we PICK UP!!) There’s a picture of her on my blog.

    Good luck with your princess, and good luck with the rest of the A-Z! I’m doing animal poems and facts and often a drawing as well, I like to make things hard for myself.

    Liz http://www.lizbrownleepoet.com

  3. I love Gwen! We have a Corgi, Bryn, who’s a yapper, especially when the phone rings. That is something that needs to be nipped in the bud. (It’s too late for us. Save yourself!) We do have a little spray bottle, but sometimes we lock him in the bedroom if we’re going to make a call. Oh, yeah. That’s right, the phone doesn’t have to ring….

    • Oh don’t worry, we’re trying to prune all those annoying barking buds! haha. She has a very loud bark…probably would be good if she was used as a herding dog! Though she will still do the quite “haruff” barks where she doesn’t even lift her face off the floor. We had been living in an apartment so we had to try and keep her quiet, a very difficult task! I am hoping living in a house without people always walking by the door will help with this barking thing.

      • Bryn’s bark is shrill sometimes and can go right through your head, but when he settles down and runs into the bedroom to get a toy, it’s really cute. If the phone call is long enough, all the toys will be in the office. The little barks are cute. All the best with Gwen. If she never gets upset by the phone ringing, be grateful.

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