The next day I returned to the highway after a safe motel stop for a storm which brought really high winds and rain through the area (it hit before dawn in Brunswick where I stayed). By that afternoon everything was sunny and cool, but there were still some scarey winds that would gust occasionally.
With this view now I'm almost home. Of course I put the camera away as I unloaded the car, greeted a very clingy cat, and enjoyed shopping for my own food not an hour later...lots of fresh fruit and vegies! Eating on the road I usually lose a few pounds...that I notice, but nobody else ever does. Mainly I just eat one meal a day. After all, not getting much exercise.
I thought several times of keeping track of the money I spent on gas. And that's as far as I felt like going with it. I just needed to see those family members, and no high priced gas was going to change that.