Thursday, November 29, 2007

Slow rolling

We are at the Wal-Mart in Duarte, just east of Pasadena (map). This store is something of an anomaly here, inasmuch as most Wal-Marts in the metropolitan LA area forbid overnight parking, mostly due to local ordinances. Consequently, there were four other rigs in the lot last night, even though it is a relatively small one.

Tuesday night we were visited by the security patrol for the lot we were in. They don't allow overnight parking (no surprise), but were satisfied when I explained the dental work situation and allowed us to stay for one night. I did wander in to the dentist office about mid-day to provide a progress report, which was that I was experiencing some dull pain. I got instructions to fill a script for antibiotics to start taking immediately, and to continue to monitor things for a few days. If the pain continues, I will need to return on Monday for a root canal.

This creates a sort of dilemma for us, in that we can't really get on the road and head far away from the LA area, which is what we'd prefer, and there is also really no place nearby where we can spend a few nights. So instead we are moving in our chosen direction, but v-e-r-y s-l-o-w-l-y. We left the dentist yesterday afternoon, and made stops in Sylmar to do laundry and pick up fuel filters for the Detroit, finally ending up here, just an hour away from where we started.

I was hoping that there would be continued improvement on the tooth front, and that tonight we could bast out of here, but I woke up in the middle of the night in a fair amount of pain. 800mg of Ibuprofen later I fell back asleep, and this morning so far, so good. But I need to give things at least another night to feel like things are improving rather than deteriorating, so perhaps we will try to move only another hour or two eastward from here.

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