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It’s been an amazing first week in Arizona! I am so thankful! It’s my word for 2015.

7/27

532. Got an extra day off due to a technical difficulty. Woohoo!

533. Biked to Papago (pronounced papa-go) Park to see the famous hole in the rock formation. Very cool.

534. Everything is unpacked and put away and the maintenance guys came and fixed the three things that needed fixing. Woohoo!

7/28

535. I get to drive opposite of rush hour traffic to go to the new hospital.

536. Saw my first hummingbird. Prairie dogs. Quail. And a rabbit stampede.

537. The nurse manager never got confirmation of my arrival so she was super surprised to see me and thankfully very happy as well considering I drove 2500 miles to get here!

5/29

538. I have internet again!

539. They have Starbucks in the lobby! And a cafeteria with actual tasty food! So far, everyone has been very nice.

540. Saw a river/canal with actual water flowing in it.

7/30

541. Establishing a new routine.

542. Finishing all 53 online inservices in 2 days. Getting my badge to open doors.

543. Being on a shift that matches my internal clock.

5/31

544. Saw my first haboob (dust storm)!!!

545. People here think a thunderstorm is a monsoon. Hahahaha!

546. Got to meet my newest baby cousin Riley Emmerson Mader AND reunite with her sweet and gracious mama, Jessica!

8/1

547. Free bus ride to the airport leading to a free sky train ride to the light rail which is only 1 mile from my new home.

548. Affordable car rentals thanks to Priceline and USAA.

549. Bird feeders and baths and a patio to put them on.

8/2

550. Riding in a new city. Along a canal. Downtown.

551. Figuring out how to incorporate my bike riding into my day by discovering a shower at work and a train I can take at the end of the day.

552. Discovering a church on my bike ride this morning. Not too big. Not too small. Just right. Just like the Lord knew what I was looking for. Because he knew. Because he is so good!

Happy Sunday!

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After a very long, yet thoroughly enjoyable week of travel, we have arrived safely in Phoenix. Despite the incident on I-10 in Baton Rouge. Despite the general crankiness that comes from being stupid tired. I am thankful. It’s my word for 2015.

7/20

511. Sunrise in Gainesville.

512. #2 invited #1 to church last night. #1 reluctantly said yes. It’s the 3rd time this week he’s hearing the Gospel from people he doesn’t know!!

513. The Hound of Heaven is faithfully pursuing my #1 favorite son right in front of my eyes. I am overcome with gratitude!

7/21

514. Starbucks at the end of a bike ride is good positive reinforcement.

515. Discovering Pike Place coffee. Mmmmm coffee.

516. An afternoon at the museum, pet store, and off the beaten path burger joint with my 2 most favorite people on earth.

7/22

517. Made it safely to New Orleans.

518. Laughing so hard I nearly drowned in root beer. Don’t even care about the coughing that lasted for 3 hours.

519. Our adopted kitties are getting used to us. Suzie is already at home. Abby is still being cautious.

7/23

520. Walking around the French Quarter.

521. Seeing the Mississippi River above me.

522. Beignets are yummy.

7/24

523. We didn’t die in a fiery truck crash when I ran into the tire in the middle of I-10. Praying for mercy for the damage which is minor considering.

524. West Texas is. Beautiful.

525. We managed to navigate one of the darkest stretches of I-10 in west Texas, without #1son completely losing his mind, to make it to Van Horn to stop for the night which was just 4.5 hours.

7/25

526. Waking up to a breathtaking view of west Texas surrounded by mountains and old railroad tracks and plant life I’ve never seen before.

527. A most unexpected drive through a border patrol checkpoint considering we never crossed any national border and seeing Mexico from the road as we passed through El Paso Texas.

528. Arriving safely to our destination and being able to muster one last ounce of energy to unload the truck in just an hour without incident or injury.

7/26

529. The new apartment is as enormous as I was expecting it to be from the tiny graphic.

530. Abby is finally eating again after barely eating for 3 days. Suzie is eating everything in sight as if she never left Gainesville. GustaferGPig travels like a boss.

531. Finding out I don’t have to report at the new job until 10am is awesome. Gives me more time to rest and recover from Trucklag and gaining 3 hours in my day.

HAppy Sunday

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0500//After a 90 point turn, I was able to maneuver the truck out of the parking lot into the drive to load up. Coaxing the kitties out from under the bed to get in the crate proved to be more challenging without #2son. 

0540// Goodbye New Orleans. Thanks for some fun memories. 

0730// Approaching Baton Rouge I hit a tire in the middle of the interstate. Minor damage sustained. Nerves frazzled being stuck on a high speed road as TheCaptain repaired the damage. Thankfully no one was injured. No major accident. God is good. Road ranger came along to offer assistance. 

0830// 125 miles to the Texas border. TheCaptain is driving. My nerves are settling. Lord have mercy on our travels. 

1035// I always thought it would be fun to be a long haul truck driver. I think I’ve changed my mind. It’s scary out here. Just passed a tow truck towing another tow truck that was sliding side to side like a carnival ride. Between the near miss from earlier, the coffee, and the breakfast sandwich, my guts nearly exploded. 7 miles from Texas. 

1500// Texas. Where everything is bigger. The land. The sky. The cities. The price of gas is low because. Well. Texas. Black gold. Texas tea. TheCaptain has been driving since 1100 and we aren’t halfway through!

1645// San Antonio. RoadWarriorsLaw//when driving on a long distance road trip, it stands to reason you will encounter at least one major metropolitan area during rush hour. Thus says TheCaptain. 

1800//Deer jumped across I-10. Had spots and an enormous rack of antlers. He made it safely to the other side. 

2100//Ozona Texas. We’re finally more than halfway through Texas. West Texas is super pretty. Even TheCaptain  thinks so. Just beware the truck stops. They look really nice. They smell okay. But the restrooms are yucky. Seeing oil derricks now. Waiting to enter mountain time. Soon. 

0000//Can’t. Drive. One. More. Mile. Was surprised to discover the interstate in west Texas is as dark as any road in Haiti. And nearly as sketchy. No markings. No reflectors. TheCaptain doesn’t like Texas again. 

0745//Trying to get gas in this truck has been less than enjoyable. It has a faulty valve. We’re about to head out for the last leg. 547 miles to our new home in Phoenix! The current view is stunning. We’re surrounded by the Guadalupe mountains. In Texas!

0655//Just entered mountain time zone. Instantly earlier than the last entry. Haha!

0950// Just passed over the Rio Grande. 377 miles to go until we arrive in the new home. Seeing into Mexico makes me wish the borders were open for them. 

1015// Just had to pass through an immigration and border patrol checkpoint in New Mexico! We didn’t cross any border. ??? 355 miles to Phoenix. 

1055// TheCaptain says he will never use I-10 again. He’s still frazzled. 

1115// Crossed the continental divide!

1150// ARIZONA!!! 228 miles to go. 

1230// Sure hope we stop talking like Arizona Cowboys soon. 200 miles to go. The craziness has become no joke. 

2030// Officially the longest trip of my life so far. It’s HOT. Really. Really. Hot. TheCaptain has reached the end of his rope. He is impressed by all the pretty Hispanic girls. 

This officially ends CoCaptainsLog. 

Thank you Jesus for getting us across the country mostly unscathed!