Thanks to everyone who has replied! I appreciate all the recommendations. :cool:
As I mentioned, I will be travelling alone - so there will be no co-workers for me to mingle with. The nature of the job and the purpose of the trip is for me to get in a car a drive all over MO conducting these surveys. I have no travelling companions, nor will I meet up with anyone. I'm a loner the whole trip! :eek:
Your words, though, do give me hope that I should be able to do this successfully. :thumbsup: I have travelled alone before, but never for such an extended period of time nor over such great distance. I suspect I will drive around 1000 miles, if not more, in those two weeks. :eek: It seems I will be spending most of my time in-between St. Louis and Kansas City, with some possible drifting into the south of the state.
My concern about snow is that, well, I live in NC and we don't get snow: we get ice. So, when I think snow, I think ice - and when I think ice, I think horrible roads. I imagine, though, that MO has a better system implemented for wintry weather than NC. However, just to be on the safe side, I'll rent an SUV! :D
I definitely like the idea of staying in hotels which feature workout rooms. I need that! I currently go to the gym just about every evening after work, and to go for two weeks without stretching some muscles and putting forth a little sweat would probably drive me insane! And while I'm sure I'll find plenty of stuff to keep my occupied during my stay in St. Louis and Kansas City, I'm a little worried about what I'll do while staying in those podunk towns along the way. I guess that's where "take a book" fits in - which is good, since that will give me time to continue with my study of Charles Ives. :)
I am preparing by prayer and trying to trust in the Lord, knowing that he will get me through this and any "pains" will just have to be offered up.