A bad road trip? That is the best way to put the three day road trip to Marshall, MI my sisters and Mom took last weekend. It is almost ten hours each way on a good day, but for some reason, Mom felt it would be fun. Well, it was not fun, and I don’t think she will do that again.
How can one find good things in such a lousy weekend? Well, we are a upbeat family, so we looked and we found. Some of the positives:
- Bailie and Madison each added two new states to their list of travels, giving Bailie twenty states, and Madison seven.
- They all got to experience almost hundred degree days with high humidity in five different states!
- This was the first trial Bailie had with a clear room, and she passed!
- Vehicles are still Bailie’s best nose work element.
- After such a weekend, home seems all that much better!
What all went wrong? It started with an over two hour traffic delay in Chicago. They needed gas in Indiana, but couldn’t find a gas station near the highway, but finally found one just after getting to Michigan. Mom wanted to be to the hotel in Michigan by dinnertime, but it ended being almost 8:30 pm. There was no time for fun since they had to be up early for the nose work trial. As for the Quality Inn in Marshall, it was expensive with the pet fee, and it was full of kids staying there for a baseball tournament.
The next morning Mom re-injured her back carrying the luggage out to the car. It had finally gotten back to normal after being a mess a week before. No matter, the mood was good, and hopes were high. Because of the extreme heat, dogs were allowed to be crated inside. Looking at the photo, it looks like some emergency shelter, but it was really nice to not have to be out in the parking lot in that weather all day.
Bailie seemed to be in a good mood before the trial started, ready to sniff out some hides, but would that feeling hold? Team Purple was team #2, so they got to start searching interiors almost immediately. Mom couldn’t help herself once again. Bailie found two hides in the first room and stopped to sniff a chair on the way out. Mom’s gut said let it go, but her mouth said alert, and they got the no. Day over once again at the start. She was pretty devastated, but she wanted to finish the rest of the day perfectly. The second room had no hides and they got that. Next up was vehicles. Bailie found both hides and things were looking as good as they could.
The trouble started with exteriors. Bailie had no interest in finding hides. At the last minute, she found one, but there were two. Even worse, was the third interior room with two hides. She would not search at all! Three minutes she spent sniffing the floor looking for food morsels. The last straw was the container search. Off the start, Bailie caught odor and rocketed to the last container – got a yes. They had to go back and check the rest of the containers, but midway Bailie chose another container to alert on and got a no. It was a disaster – Team Purple’s worst NW3. Mom was very disappointed and Bailie could feel it through the leash.
Madison was a trooper, spending all weekend cramped up in the car or the kennel. Mom took her out for walks a few times, and she did some balancing work on the sign out front.
If you think the worst was over guess again. On the way to the hotel in Indiana, the highway was closed for an accident…forty five minute traffic delay. Mom started getting chills, and by the time they hit the hotel around 8 pm, she didn’t feel real well. They went to bed early so they could leave at 6 am to drive the seven more hours home. At about 11 pm, Mom woke up and was sick to her stomach. She was up all night running to the bathroom to throw up, and she didn’t even eat grass, so we don’t know why it happened. Mom was a mess, exhausted, frustrated, and needed to get home but could she do a seven hour drive? After driving and taking a few power nap stops in some rest stop parking lots, they finally made it home.
The final decision is no more traveling so far for trials unless we are going to take several extra days. Six to seven hours is far enough. At least everyone made it home safe and sound, but it was truly a bad road trip all the way around! These things can happen, but it won’t stop our road trips!