Earlier this week I was supposed to meet three of my fellow State-employed psychologists in Bismarck and drive with them to Jamestown to attend five hours of mandatory training related to treatment planning at the State Hospital. Jamestown is about 100 miles east of Bismarck. I know all three of my colleagues pretty well and find them to be very pleasant folk, but I was dreading the trip. It would mean 100 miles to Bismarck, 100 miles to Jamestown, and the 200 mile return trip at the end of the day.
We were to travel in a State car, which usually turns out to be a cramped and uncomfortable vehicle with limited radio options. Moreover, I would be a passenger, not the driver, and that violates my need for control and speed. (It is not a good idea to speed while driving a State car. One of my colleagues did, going about 90 mph, and she zipped right past the Governor on the interstate. The Governor promptly recorded the license plate number, and had her tracked down and reprimanded.)
Road trips are a fact of life out here since our towns are so far apart. The scenery between Bismark and Jamestown is notable for nice views of migratory waterfowl in “prairie potholes”, but not much else. I suppose that the scenery on road trips isn’t as important as the quality of the conversation in the vehicle. I like my fellow psychologists, but I would rather do a road trip with a more diverse and irreverent group–our church bell choir, for example, or a group of Baboons. My bell choir is very irreverent, like most church musicians I know.
I drove the 100 miles to Bismarck early in the morning so I could meet up with my colleagues and we could proceed to Jamestown by 8:00 am. I was dismayed to learn that the training had been cancelled several days earlier, and no one thought to tell me. I said more than a few cuss words, threw my purse in a temper fit in the parking lot, and drove 100 miles back home, angered and somewhat relieved. The training has yet to be rescheduled.
Tell about wonderful, horrible, and/ or eventful road trips from your past (or one you are planning) .