Ah, vacation achieved. See you in April, work. Chieko, Ray, and I have jumped on the travel wagon right away, heading off to visit her parents for a few days before we leave for America next week.
The drive usually takes 3 hours and change. The rain changed to snow right about the time we left our house this afternoon, and so the drive took closer to seven hours, with a couple of pit stops along the way. I think I topped out at 70 kph (43 mph), but averaged closer to 60 kph — on the highway, mind you.
Normally I think I’d be spent after such a long, slow drive, yet here I sit pushing 2 a.m., and sleep is not making its presence felt. The Asahi Super Dry has taken the edge off, but my mind is a bit wound up after concentrating for so long. Fortunately, Chieko’s mom encouraged to drink lots of beer and sleep as long as I want, and I will do as I’m told.
Ray was great on the drive, a good primer for our ridiculous flight next week. He slept for the most part, and was all smiles and cuteness once we arrived in Niigata. He spent a little while taking in his new surroundings before he succumbed to the teat.
Stay tuned for pictures of silly amounts of snow.