Journey Stop #3: Tea and a Hug

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I got online and Googled a map from Bakersfield to Visalia which would be our next stop. Having failed to see Roger ( and Judy ( the day before as promised, I decided it would be a good idea to call them and see if we could stop by for that 'Tea and a Hug' they had promised. Joe made the call and Roger answered, he was due for a doctor's appointment but he said he would wait for us.  The drive from Bakersfield to Visalia was filled with tension as Joe (who has been driving for 40 years) decided he did not want to be 'told what to do' while he is in the driver's seat.

The map from Google he said was not right because we had to be on the 99 and he thought going back to the highway and getting onto the Interstate 5 would be the best way. The Google map would take us through the country side of Bakersfield which is also the commercial area for hay fields and animal husbandry. Huge green fields and large grain storage units, for a while I was taken back to my fall trip to Arcola, IL last year for the broomcorn festival. The countryside is always a breath of fresh air.

My suggestions did not rest well with Joe and after making one wrong right turn, he was vividly upset but pretending not to be. The reason I know is because he began speeding and immediately spurn the car around the next sign for an exit and made such an exit from the freeway that I held my breath (for a moment my heart skipped a beat).

I did not say a word since he was "in the driver's seat", I dare not push more buttons on an already 'pissed' driver, who knows what could happen?  Joe's excuse was we needed to get to Roger and Judy because Roger needed to go see a doctor. Granted Roger did need to go out, but Judy was still home waiting, and Roger would find us home when he came back from the doctor's visit. Well, we eventually got back to where we needed to be in order to head to Visalia, which was the 99 freeway.

We were in Visalia at Roger and Judy's just in time for tea, I cannot tell you how much I wanted out of the car by the time we finally turned into Roger's driveway. Roger's smile and hug at the entrance made it all feel better; Judy was excited and showed me around the house. I was particularly impressed with her embroidery and making of traditional American Quilts.

PS: “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain.

Africancrab says:
I know Roger, I wished I had been in the driver's seat. But I decided to drive home from SF after another stunt with the car swaving and stepping on breaks unexpectedly. Tensions were high on the way home, nonetheless we got home in time (2:00 a.m. to be exact) Tea was great but the hugs were even better ha-ha!
Posted on: May 26, 2009
X_Drive says:
I wondered why it took you guys so long to make it up here from Bakersfield. You could have been here in 2/3 the time on Hwy 99. Joe has to learn to trust Google!
It sure was great to be able to see you guys though! :D
Posted on: May 26, 2009
Africancrab says:
We had so much fun, the tea was delicious and Joe kept his cake for a day just so he could have morning coffee with it, ha-ha. He said to tell you it was delicious. I told him to be courteous and tell you himself, don't ya think?
Posted on: May 26, 2009
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