So, that last post, ignore that. It's wrong. We decided against using the moving company. We read several bad reviews of them on various forums, and just felt uneasy about entrusting all of our worldly possessions with a company. The insurance on the items sucked. For example, if our TV were to turn up missing (which happened often, according to various reviews) we would only be able to recoup the $450 worth of damages. The insurance is based on weight, you see.
Anyway, as is our style, at the last second we changed plans and are now driving a U-Haul truck out to Denver, dragging the Contour behind. Mandy parents, wonderful people they are, are driving down from GR tonight to help us pack tomorrow (Friday). We're going to have everything packed into the U-Haul by tomorrow afternoon, run some errands in the evening, then leave Saturday morning around 6:00AM. The shot from Cinci to Denver is about 18 (based on Google Maps), but that's not considering driving a fully loaded U-Haul dragging a car. We're hoping to hit either Topeka or Saline, KS Saturday night around 7:00PM. Go to sleep. Then finish the last 6 hours early Sunday, arriving at our place mid-afternoon. We'll unpack some of the stuff Sunday, the rest on Monday, drop off the U-Haul and be done. Damn it.
Then, we're heading back to Grand Rapids in the Contour either Tuesday or Wednesday. Another two drive puts us in GR Thursday or Friday of next week. By that point, we will have packed, unpacked, and driven over 2,500 miles in a U-Haul and Contour. We'll deserve a vacation at that point, and a vacation we'll have. We plan to stick around GR for at least two weeks, hanging out with peeps and relaxing. Then we'll pack the two beeping cats in the car and drive back out to Denver.
Yes, it's crazy. Yes, gas is ridiculously high. And yes, it's going to be awesome.
We're dropping the broadband modem off tomorrow, so Mandy and I will be pretty much offline for the next week or so while we traverse the country in various vehicles. We'll post updates as time and internet access provides. If you're bored at any time starting Saturday, please give us a call. We'll have lots of talking time on our hands.
"Good mornin' America, how are you?
Don't you know me? I'm your native son!
I'm the train they call the City of New Orleans
I'll be gone 500 miles when the day is done." -Arlo Guthrie