Restrooms on the Road
One of our biggest issues with our pandemic road trip, has been about restrooms. As we headed out west over two weeks ago, we used this handy list. Don printed out all the rest areas along the interstates, that we planned to travel.
Overthinking things? Not at all. We'd heard horror stories about gas stations not allowing people to use restrooms. Mostly, I worried that gas station restrooms would be more risky for infection.
I even bought a nifty (and sort of creepy) gadget, made for ladies who don't want to squat in the bushes. Ugh... but good to have, I guess.
On our trip out west, we found very decent rest stops. They were cleaned well and the doors were propped open. Most had openings near the ceiling, for more airflow. We were all about NOT picking up Covid on the journey to our family gathering.
I wore my mask and used a tiny disinfectant spray. I waited a minute at most, to make sure I could zip in and out, without anyone else inside. Only one time did we change our minds and drive on to find a better rest stop.
A Different Route
But, now we're heading home on a different route. The handy sheet with the list of rest stops, won't help us on this drive.
I've been looking up rest stops on GPS, but what's with all the rest stop closures in New Mexico?
Masks at the Pump
So, I was forced to use a gas station rest room. I had to walk inside and actually go through a laundry room area... because it was a truck stop!
After hours of blocked off rest stops, I could have used my handy gadget... But, I chose to mask up and be quick about it at the truck stop.
Luckily, we've seen a lot of people wearing masks, when they pump gas. It's surprising, since we're all 6 feet apart. But it just feels good to see other travelers being respectful.
We have a Texas license plate, after all. Don't want people to think Texans are traveling around the country sharing the Covid.
Biggest and most obvious travel tip. Don't drink a lot on the road.
I started this complaining list/blog, in May 2016. I posted 200 gripes about my breast cancer and then I was done.
On March 13, 2020, I started venting all over again, when another disease (starting with a C) interfered with my life. Only this time, it was affecting more than me. I ranted for a year, until I got my vaccine in March 2021.
Coronary Artery Disease was the reason I restarted this blog on September 26, 2021. This time it was Don who was dealing with a worry that started with the letter "C".
Coronavirus and Cancer, Coronary Artery Disease! All are evil, but none can totally get me down... if I vent! I usually end up feeling a little more positive at the end of each post!