For those of you interested Only in TRAVEL, I (Jack) wrote the blog between March 2010 and October 2010 during our travels west. We saw the most beautiful places and had the best time in our big truck and little trailer. See Blog Archive below.

Apr 25, 2010

Where is Jack, Day 14

We got a late start this morning because of some problems with the trailer.  Judy, Nancy's new friend, helped her. They are going to keep in touch.  Judy invited Nancy to stop at her home in Casper, WY on the way home.
I'm anxious to see her pups, Tillie and Tucker, again.
Then, people wandered over one by one and by the time we said our last goodbyes, it was late.

Here's a picture of the chihuahua that terrified me.  His name is Cocoa.  The lady bought him a harness so he couldn't get away, again.  She was very nice.

Well, the day pretty much went down hill from there.  Nancy had to get up to Ft. Smith to reach the interstate.  We were on a road that would change speed limit every 500-1000 feet.  It would be 30 mph, then 55mph, then, 25mph, then 40 mph, etc.  Nancy was just saying to me that she doesn't get it.  The GPS was staying at one speed.  She was slowing down as quickly as she could as the speed changed, but not quickly enough.  She passed a small white truck on the side of the road, and soon after the truck was flashing its lights to pull over.

She sat for a couple of minutes before the policeman came around the back of the trailer, stopping to look it over as he approached.  He got to her window and said, "Oh, I didn't expect to find you!"  Nancy laughed and said no one usually does.  Then he said, "Did you know that you were going 55 in a 35 zone?"  Nancy said, no, she hadn't realized it--the signs were changing the speed so quickly, and that she'd never been caught in a speed trap before.  The policeman said, "Well, okay, I'm not going to give you a ticket, but may I see your license, please?"  Nancy already had her wallet out and handed it to him.  He went back to his police truck and was gone for quite a while.  When he came back up to the window he said, "M'am, did you know your license expired two years ago?"  Nancy was shocked.  She so seldom gets her license out for anything that she never gave it a thought.  It seemed not too long ago that she had renewed it.  Well, the policeman said, "I really don't want to give you a ticket.  Let me see what I can do."  Nancy asked if there was any way she could renew the license in Arkansas.  The policeman said, "Hold on a second, let me check with a trooper buddy of mine."  He was gone for another while longer, and when he came back, he said, "I'm really sorry.  Because I ran it through the computer, and there's no way to delete it from the system, I have to give you a ticket."  Nancy told him it was okay, he had a job to do, and thanked him for not giving her the ticket in his speed trap.  "You gotta do what you gotta do when you work in a speed trap!" He kind of grinned.  He asked her if we were on our way home and she said, "No, I'm going out to the coast."  He said, "Hmmm...Okay, maybe you can renew it online--you can pay the ticket over the phone.  Just, whatever you do, don't speed anywhere because you'll get another ticket."  Nancy kidded him and said, I thought you were going to be the first to give me a moving violation.  He said he was really sorry he had to give any ticket at all.  He was a nice person, but it was a little upsetting to Nancy.  Then we started thinking about how far we could drive--we planned to get further than here, but she didn't want to get caught still driving at night and not finding a place to stay.

Princess called, she's always such a comfort to Nancy.  I half listened to the conversation, and just before Nancy hung up, she said, "Yeah, I'm tired.  I think I'll do that.  Good night."  Then, Nancy said to me, "You be a good kid, I'll be back.  Princess is right, I should go over to the restaurant and get a good meal and then go to sleep."  She was back within 5 minutes.  She walked in, sat down at a table, and the waiter said, "I'm sorry, Miss, we stopped serving for the night."  So, that was the end to the day.

I think Nancy woke up a little depressed, today.  Maybe it's the time of year--April is a difficult month in our family.

I hope a nice hot shower and a good night's sleep will help. We haven't been sleeping very well because of the weather, so maybe she's just tired.  Good night.


  1. Oh no!! ...excuse me, running to get my wallet....whew, mine expires in 2016..had me scared there.

    Why do these things happen to you? Hope Jack was on best manners with the officer, that you get some rest and feel better in the a.m.

  2. Oh, Nancy, so sorry about this lousy day! At least it sounds like you had a decent cop to deal with. Could have been worse, I guess. You definitely did a public service since I'm sure everyone who reads this will be checking their liscense. I had just renewed mine in Ga. with the 10 year option before I moved to Texas. I was always worried I would get stopped and would have to get a Texas liscense but made it back home without one.

  3. Two Years... Really....Two years. OMG !!! Wow, that's gotta be a record. AMAZING. Yep,We sent T to go check her license. You know T is a silver lining optimistic human so she said to tell your human, these bumps along the road are just that 'bumps'. We are greatful you all both safe from the storms. Glad you had help with the trailer. Looks like a lotta sniffing going all with the other dogs in the pix. Keep em coming.
    M & J

  4. What's wrong with this picture. Nancy has to renew her license every year and she doesn't wear glasses, now. Some on the "edge" of being "elderly" get to renew their licenses for 10 years?


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