|Okay Mom, I got you this blue ribbon. Are you pleased? Can we just go home now?|
Today was a better day and I have a new, positive attitude toward what I'm doing. I've re-grouped and moved on. Bentley was a good sport about the trip and went along agreeably with each activity. I tried to make sure I didn't tire him out, leaving aside some of the things I wanted to do. I knew he was exhausted last night when he curled up and went to sleep before I turned out the light. As we headed home he was asleep before I pulled up onto the freeway. He slept most of the way, occasionally standing up on the console and looking at me like, "Mom, are we there yet?"
One final funny event for the trip home. I decided to take a fairly new toll road (130) to avoid Austin traffic and possible home bound holiday traffic congestion. The toll road offers speed limits of 80 and 85 mph. It is through farm lands, uncongested and has less trucks than the interstate. It was a pleasant drive; however, I made the mistake of following TxDot's instructions instead of exiting where I knew I should from checking the map.
Thanks to TXDot I ended up on I-10 on the other side of Seguin. I plan to write them a little note and explain that they need to look at a map and realize that Seguin is a 45 minute drive from the outskirts of San Antonio and that this route takes San Antonio bound travelers to the eastern side of San Antonio. And I am going to suggest that after reviewing the map they should update the Transguide instructions to inform travelers if they want to reach San Antonio from the toll road they need to exit at Buda. If they want to travel on to I-10 to Seguin they should stay on the toll road. Granted, I had looked at the map and should have taken the Buda exit. But I trusted TXDot......