Day 1 – Travel

The youth choir got away from FBC Ponca around 3:40 PM on Saturday.  Joel and Patty Gilliland along with Emma Jones loaded up our eight students, sound equipment, and luggage and set out on the road to Kansas City.  Aaron and Katie left West Plains, Missouri around 4:00 PM after a few days of wedding mayhem (good mayhem).  Along the way the students stopped at Emporia, Kansas at a location that had a Taco Bell, McDonalds, Braum’s, Golden Corral and Starbucks.  After a good meal they reloaded the bus and got on their way to Kansas City.

As most of you know, it’s a pretty uneventful drive across Kansas.  Long and boring.  Well, it was boring until they group on the bus got closer to our hotel.  Patty was reading directions (which I printed out) to Joel and they turned the page over and a whole set was missing. (Thank you Google Maps).  So, after a wrong turn, they plugged our hotel into their GPS and made the right course correction.

Luckily, this allowed Katie and I just enough time to arrive at the hotel ahead of everyone and check us in!  Soon after we got there the choir arrived.  Then we passed out keys and headed to our rooms.  After a brief room check (with a complimentary chocolate chip cookie) we all went to bed early (10:00 PM) to prepare for the long day ahead.

– Aaron

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