Road Trip!

 Posted by at 1:03 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 132019

I bought my Mustang EcoBoost in late November, and as I said then, it’s strictly a toy, not my daily driver. As of yesterday morning it still only had 450 miles on the odometer. So I decided it was time for a road trip!

My friend Holli Marie Spaulding is in the process of opening up a bookstore/coffee shop in a strip shopping center in Green Cove Springs, about 110 miles north of us. Holli belongs to an online authors group that I am in, and though we had never met in person we have been online friends for quite some time. Several of the authors from our group are donating copies of their books to Holli so she will have a very good inventory when opening day comes on May 1.

On our trip to Arizona back in February, we stopped in Texas to visit with Billy Kring, author of the excellent Hunter Kinkade series about a Border Patrol officer who works the same West Texas region that Billy himself worked when he was with the Border Patrol. When we saw him in February, he gave me a box of books to take to Holli. Later on another good buddy of mine, Donna McNichol, who writes the popular Klondike mystery series about a small town in Pennsylvania, also gave me a box of her books for Holli. We loaded them along with two more boxes of books into the back into the Mustang yesterday morning and hit the road, headed north.

It was about a two-hour drive, and when we got to Holli’s shop, Present Tense, it was nice to finally meet in person. Of course I had to get a picture, because any time a pretty girl is willing to stand next to me without a can of Mace in her hand I want to record it for posterity.

Holli and her significant other, Shane, were very friendly and went out of their way to make us feel welcome. After checking out all the work going on in the store and offering her a couple of suggestions on ways to display her inventory, we went down the road a mile or two to a place called Smokehouse Barbecue. It wasn’t big and it wasn’t fancy, but the food was delicious and the portions were very generous. We had a good time eating and visiting, and I promised Holli that once the store is open we will come back again.

After lunch we parted company, them to return to the store to continue working, while Terry and I checked out an antique shop a few miles away that Holli recommended. We didn’t see anything there that demanded we take it home with us, so after browsing for a while we were back on the road.

I really like driving the Mustang because it’s fast and sporty. It’s also as comfortable as Terry’s Chrysler Pacifica, if not more so. There was quite a bit of traffic headed back south, but we managed to thread our way through it all and got back home after a stop at Walmart to pick up a couple of things and at the hospital to see a friend of ours. By the time I pulled the Mustang into the garage the odometer was at 667 miles, and I’m still on my second tank of gas since I bought the car. I can definitely see some more road trips in it in the future.

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Nick Russell

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  One Response to “Road Trip!”

  1. Love your T-shirt!

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