Surprise! I Moved Halfway Across the Country

21 Jan

This week, my husband and I and our two children moved from the West Coast to the middle of the country. Goodbye California coastline, hello cows and corn!

We packed in one day.

We drove our two vehicle caravan through California, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, and Nebraska for the next four days.

On the first day of driving, we made an unscheduled restroom stop at a gas station in the Truckee area. My husband climbed out of the 16 foot truck and noticed this:

This is NOT the way you want your tires to look when you are driving thousands of miles through freezing temperatures and mountain roads.

Unfortunately, the nearest roadside assistance was over an hour away.

However, our long delay actually turned out better than we could have expected.

"Where the Hell is Truckee?"

We were lucky, not only because we noticed the tire problem before we had a blowout on the road, but also because there was a restaurant next to the gas station. Donner Pass Pizza, owned and operated by a native of our home area, kept us warm and made us feel at home while we waited nearly two hours for our tire to be changed.

The owner's sports memorabilia. There was a 49ers game playing as we ate.

We enjoyed pizza, minestrone soup, sourdough bread sticks, and some of the most delicious homemade french fries I have ever tasted. I would have taken a photograph of the fries but they disappeared pretty quickly and I didn’t get nearly enough of them.

There was a pool table, which saved our children from getting too bored. We even saw some of our first snow there.

There may have been some cheating...


Thank you, Donner Pass Pizza!

10 Responses to “Surprise! I Moved Halfway Across the Country”

  1. Kate Kresse January 21, 2012 at 6:12 am #

    wow! i am in awe that you packed and moved that fast.

    • Rayme Wells @ A Clean Surface January 21, 2012 at 12:05 pm #

      I am in awe, too! Our last move was only ten months ago, so about a third of our belongings were still packed in storage and that helped.

  2. natasiarose January 21, 2012 at 9:48 pm #

    Packed in a day?! Super impressive! Glad the move went well 🙂

  3. jaredblakedicroce January 23, 2012 at 9:13 am #

    I’m glad you didn’t have a blowout! Best of luck on the new move — not that you’ll need it. Home is where the heart is, and it seems like you’ve brought that with you, so you’re all set 🙂

  4. Rayme Wells @ A Clean Surface January 23, 2012 at 5:56 pm #

    Thanks to all for the nice comments. We are still adjusting and settling in.

  5. PL Holden January 23, 2012 at 6:25 pm #

    Being a former “tire expert” it’s plain to see that you don’t want your tire looking like that while driving anywhere. I had it happen once and reluctantly shelled out the cash to replace the tire asap.

    • Rayme Wells @ A Clean Surface January 23, 2012 at 7:01 pm #

      We were glad it was the rental truck tire and not our car tire, so we didn’t have to pay for the repair…we only had to wait for it.

  6. 35andupcynicismonhold January 23, 2012 at 6:44 pm #

    hello, there,

    i like the pic of charlie chaplin and the byline, too. ^^ hey, i like coming across such feel-at-home diners that are artistically designed and serve hot food and warm hospitality, too. your across the country thru many, many miles moving-out trip wasn’t so bad, i guess. 🙂

    i hope the unpacking’s not too stressful, ahaha… :):)

  7. Tom February 19, 2012 at 12:45 am #

    From Donner Pass Pizza,
    Thanks so much for the kind words, and also so happy that the rest of your trip was uneventful. Glad our funky place was comfortable for your family. Best wishes on your new venture!


    • Rayme Wells @ A Clean Surface February 19, 2012 at 4:58 pm #

      What a nice surprise to hear from you, Tom!
      The day could have been difficult, that is for sure. We were very fortunate to be warm and fed and safe as we were, instead of having a blowout on the interstate. If we ever come back your way, I will definitely order some more of those fries.

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