After the Chicago Pride Parade, I started my eight hour drive to Omaha, Nebraska. I usually don’t have any trouble driving 8 straight hours, but after covering the parade for over three hours in the heat, I was exhausted. Around 2:00 am and 100 miles away from Omaha all the sudden I hit a brick wall. I was nodding asleep at the wheel and couldn’t keep my eyes open any longer. Luckily, a Super 8 motel was two exits away. I pulled in, got a room, and for $58 I was fast sleep for a quick 4 hour nap. Waking up around 6:00am I was back in the car to finish the 100 mile drive to Omaha to prepare for day one of the USA Olympic Swimming Trials.

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