Day 12: Oregon wagons ho; Meaghan Michelle Larkin; Lisa France; I was in Eugene but I wanted Eugenia; 2 hours in 2 minutes; tailgating; tears tears tears of joy

We woke up at 5 am to beat the traffic. We then ate our leftover Chipotle for breakfast. We said goodbye to Jamie’s cat. We hit the road with one thing on the brain: OREGON.

We drove and drove and drove. We got to the border, I had no clichéd song to play, only a deep feeling of happiness.

When we got to Eugene we were starving, so what was the first thing we ate in Oregon? Panda Express.

Then we hung out at my homegirl Meaghan’s house, exhausted and out of it but happy to be with a friend who I felt comfortable being exhausted and out of it around.

The comfort of shared silences = the feeling of home.

We had promised Lisa France, RECENT COLLEGE GRAD, a Greek food dinner date (what an awful obligation) and of course had a great, delicious time eating together like family.

We had tossed around the idea of staying the night in Eugene, but there was no way I could stay away. Home was too close. I wanted to be there.

We got in the car to finish the final 115 miles.

It was the fastest drive I have ever had between Eugene and Portland. 2 hours were nothing compared to 11 days.

And when we pulled off the highway exit 64 on Highway 26 lo and behold who do we pull up behind but my parents unmistakable with their vanity plate of “GG 25 .”

For the first time in my life I HONKED at someone. I flashed my lights. I did a little dance. I was home, I was home I WAS HOME.

Now, all that being said I have no idea what Alejandro felt. Was he nervous about seeing my parents again? Did he feel a rush of joy when we pulled into my drive way?

You better ask him because I was too busy trying to laugh and cry at the same time.

What I do know is that he was more than excited to plug-in his desktop computer and start working on his animation again.

So we were both ecstatic and overwhelmed with joy when we finally went to sleep in a place that we’d be staying for a while.

672 miles b-t-dubs.

(Just in case you were beginning to get confused this is a very extended recap of the road trip Alejandro and I went on to get back to Oregon from Savannah, Ga. I made a few posts during the drive, but most of the time I was too busy/exhausted/without internet. We took 12 days to drive across the country starting June 3.)


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