One of our best friends on a road trip is the truck stop. Now, before you call me crazy, hear me out.
Truck stops today are a lot different than they were 30-40 years ago. My dad was a long-haul truck driver and I rode with him a couple times when I was in high school and believe me, truck stops are different today. They're not the small, dark, smoke filled places they used to be.
One of our favorites is the Flying J. This thing is like coming home.
(All pictures are compliments of Google.)
We've been driving a while, everyone's acclimated to the air conditioning in the car. We pull up to the pump (we've learned over the years to wear sandals or flip flops in the car, easy on and easy off) begin to move our muscles as we find our flip flops, unbuckle our seat belts and open our doors.
Then usually a blast of heat hits you as you step out into the sunlight and s-t-r-e-t-c-h!!
Now the Flying J Truck Stops are huge inside. The bathrooms are always so clean, they have full showers for all the truck drivers, and there are usually a couple restaurants attached like Subway, KFC, etc.
They have everything you could want. From motor oil to movies, from flashlights to clothing. Anything a trucker might need out on the road, they carry it. Which means they probably have everything you'd need while out on the road too!
And the snacks! Oh my, we've spent a long time inside the Flying J trying to decide what to buy! The girls and I use the bathroom while Chuck fills the tank and washes the windows. Then we all meet inside to get a snack and something to drink.
Then you get that blast of heat again as you walk out the door (just thinking about it has me smiling!) and head back to the car.
Everyone shuffles their stuff around trying to figure out what they're gonna want with them for the next part of the trip. The flip flops come off and the head phones go on.
Then we buckle up and settle in for a relaxing, stress-free ride on the open road.