I wanted to drive the first leg and have B drive the second since I tap out around midnight. We both hit a low as B commandeered the vehicle on the desolate Arizona freeways. For some reason I got a second wind around 1 or 2am and I took over, only minutes later to think we had a flat tire. We pulled over to the side of the road and no flat tire, I was just hallucinating. The minutes creeped by faster and the miles slower as we got closer and closer to Sedona. At this point I'd set the AC to 68 degrees as B shivered in a T-shirt with his eyes half closed. 12 miles out and I see some fog ahead and I panicked. I'm like how in the world am I going to navigate a foggy windy road with blurry eyeballs? The journey was nearing the impossible. In that moment, B reached his hand out and said, it's okay, I'm here with you, we got this. It was just the reassurance I needed. I sped up and the Pri Pri gained steam over the mountains at 60 mph. I drove by a speed limit sign, 40 mph, and I didn't think much of it. I hadn't seen another car in 50 miles and we were just 0.3 miles from the hotel! And then, a mysterious looking black car rolled right up behind me. He tailgated me for about 30 seconds before the sirens came on. I thought he might wake the neighbors. Luckily, he was a friendly cop and I laughed to myself for a few minutes as he background checked me from his computer. B was not laughing -_-. He was still shivering and I told him he'd laugh about it tomorrow. Friendly Cop came back and told us our hotel was at the next light and to have a Happy Birthday!
We stumbled to the hotel's front desk and were asked if we were checking out. Maybe no one had ever checked in at 4:30 am before because he was confused. We get the last room available and when we got inside I must have sensed it because the first thing I did was open the drapes to look outside. A construction site! It was so close I could almost touch it. I was like, oh well, tomorrow's (today's) Saturday. B was like uhh, tomorrow's Friday. We got a few hours of sleep and were awoken at 8am by drills and trucks and hammers!
Luckily we napped and I think at a certain point you have to relinquish control and understand things are not going to go perfectly and that's okay. It made the trip funny and memorable and luckily the rest of it was smooth sailing - relaxing vacation time!
Below are my favorite pics.