Monday morning brought a wave of emotions. Nervous and excited, of course, but it still hadn’t quite hit me that this was really happening. I took care of a few quick errands before heading out. I drove out to Time Warner to turn in a modem, and made one last run through the apartment, leaving my roommate Eric a note about how much I appreciated him as a friend with the key.
After a last run through of my mom’s house, Domo and I headed in the direction of Overland Park to pick up Aubry. I admit I worried that it would be awkward meeting her parents, but it wasn’t bad. Her dad answered the door and summoned Aubry. It made me a little nostalgic for days as a little kid when I knocked on other kids doors and cheerfully asked “Can so-and-so come out to play?” Awwwww, life before cell phones…
Once I saw Aubry appear in the doorway, I knew this epic trip was going to happen. She said good-bye to her dad, and he handed me an Ink magazine for some reason. Finally, all the awkwardness, all the packing, all the errands were over. It was time to adventure!
As soon as Aubry and I got settled in the car, there was immediately a slight sense of awkwardness along the lines of “Soooooooo… we’ve got 5 days in the car together…how shall we start the conversation?” You can add to this that I had a crush on her, and you can imagine it being a little hard to figure out where to start. We focused on the task at hand, though, and ran to Wal-Mart to recharge Aubry’s cell phone. She felt like a burden, and I had to remind her that she was awesome. This was a common theme in the trip. I also bought her some caffeine. That was another common theme.
As we got on 1-70, though, our conversation started pleasant enough. Whenever an awkward moment came up, we’d bring up Julia and how we wished Team Incredible could ride again. Aubry connected my Ipod, and just as I’d plan, we played “The Lonely Shepard”, the classic riding into the sunset music, as we exited the Kansas City area. The first couple hours floated by, and we found ourselves approaching Topeka.
Now, this is why Aubry is such an awesome traveling companion. Me: “Man, the capitol building would make an awesome Domo picture” Aubry: “Lets do it”. (Deciding to suddenly take the exit ensues)