Between mistakenly bypassing a late-night turnpike toll road station in Oklahoma, making a stop for lunch at the off-the-wall Big Texan in Amarillo, Texas, and doing a triple take at the late-August snowfall along Interstate 40 in New Mexico, I felt slightly out of place during my drive home from Missouri’s Lake of the Ozarks to California earlier this week.

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I also felt out of place because for the previous six days, it was go-go-go at the lake between covering the extensive Lake of the Ozarks Shootout events and trying to make the overwhelming amount of parties—as in more than I could possibly attend. I know going into the Shootout each year that there are parties in store, but this year myself—and the rest of the crew at speedonthewater.com that was in town for the event and the extremely popular Super Cat Fest at Camden on the Lake Resort—were slightly overwhelmed with everything happening.

So, while reflecting on all that had happened since I left my house with the speedonthewater.com trailer in tow on August 19, it was fitting that I heard the Kiss song “I Wanna Rock and Roll All Night (and Party Every Day)” several times on satellite radio because that could have been the anthem for the week in Missouri.

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