Well, BLOG-followers, I made it back to DJ, the kitties, and Rags, the dog at 3:39 AM this morning.
I decided I did not want to worry about the vulnerability of the truck in another motel parking lot again…the damage to the driver’s side door made locking the doors an exercise in futility, and the damage to the steering column made it possible for anyone with a screw driver to become the truck’s new “owner.” So, a few hours after leaving Nebraska, I decided to go for broke, so-to-speak, and drive the rest of the way (1151 miles) straight through (18 hours) stopping only for diesel.
Not an altogether pleasant experience, but, fortunately, an uneventful one.
And, to those charitable individuals who generously pledged $/mile to White Cane for my participation in the 2010 SCR, I say, Thank You Very Much, and You Got Off Easy.
It may be a different situation in 2012.