And it came to pass in those days, wherein Timothy had gone many days without labor, that he girded up his loins, and stood up, and departed;
And took his horseless chariot Benjamin, and filled it with modified corn starch, and got in, and touched his foot to the pedal; wherewithal Benjamin leapt for joy and drove forward, leaving Dallas and the state of Oregon shrouded in fog and rain.
It was cold on the morning of the beginning of his journey, and rain fell ceaselessly within the town as Timothy bade farewell to his friends and neighbors and turned his face eastward resolutely and without shame.
And as he journeyed, he drank water, and consumed Doritos, whereby he could feel cancer and athlete’s foot creeping up within him; and thence becoming unclean, he stopped and bathed in the river Deschutes.
Moreover by him also were chocolate-covered peanuts, and fruit, and all manner of food wherewith man could eat, and be filled, and consequently make good use of the amenities corn starch stations had available for use along the wayside.
And Timothy enjoyed his journey; and saw much countryside that was good, and fruitful, and also much countryside that was evil, and barren, causing Timothy to turn his eyes away with shame, that they might not see the badness of the land.
And he stopped by the wayside frequently to refill his chariot, thereby relieving him of many pieces of silver and of gold.
And late on the evening of the first day, he entered the house of Anthony the Hessite, who was of the house of Caldwell, in Idaho, and being entertained graciously thereby, and filled with food, and water, and being given withal a place to lay his head, and slumber, he slumbered and slept; and after fellowshipping with the saints which were at Caldwell, he rose up, and got into his chariot, and gat him thence from there eastward about a day’s journey.
Many stops ensued thereby on the second day’s journey; some for modified corn starch, of which his hearty chariot never ceased to rely on, and some for nourishment for his own body, causing him to have strength to guide his chariot over the mountains of Rocky.
And the morning and the evening were the second day; and as it began to be night, Timothy grew weary, and his strength failed him; yet he pursued onward past the city of Salt Lake and entered the mountains of Rocky:
There being yet a little city, the name of it being called Price, near to hand, Timothy stopped; having eaten and received food, from the hands of a lady who sojourned in that place, whose name was Wendy, laid him down for an exceedingly short time, the span of which was about one hour, and when one hour had passed, he rose up, and took hold of the reins of the chariot, and strengthened his heart, for it was late, and his heart fainted within him; whereunto he also said to himself, even to himself, “Yea, though I drive through the Rockies, yet will not I stop, nor shall I crash, for the Lord is with me.”
And having quit himself, and becoming strong, and becoming a man, and putting away childish thoughts, he guided his chariot through many miles of desolate and empty country; the moon gave her light by night, and shone down upon him; whereupon Timothy gazed upon the moonlit land and said, “Ah, soul, thou hast seen much country for many miles; sit back, relax, and close thine eyes.”
Yet did he not hearken to his own words, but drove on, and came to Grand Junction, and passed through it, and continued southward about fifteen furlongs, or, as it were, the space of ten miles;
And as it grew late, and his eyes became heavy, so that he could not bid them to remain open, he pulled over, and caused his chariot to be shut off, and took a blanket, and covered himself therewith, and endeavored mightily to make himself comfortable therein; the reins of the chariot, however, being in the way, and the rest of the chariot being filled therewith with food and clothing and all kinds of household stuff, it was not possible therein to be perfectly at ease.
Notwithstanding, Timothy, being exceedingly tired, albeit having only driven about the space of fourteen hours, fell into a deep sleep.
And although he suffered his eyes to remain closed while larger chariots roared by through the rest of the night, he much rest gain did not; and having woke up about the fifth hour in the morning, and moreover discovering, much to his dismay, that he still had all his ribs, he assayed to go forth and continue his journey to the land of Arkansas.
Benjamin, his chariot, having been nearly emptied of modified corn starch the previous night, thereupon requested more; and although it was a very cold night, and though the wind did blow fiercely, and though his legs and feet were numb with cold so that he could scarcely frame to move them, he climbed out,
And took a can, and a funnel, and opened a little hole within the side of his chariot;
And poured therein much precious liquid; and his knees did shake, and the teeth of his mouth did chatter mightily, so that he clenched them all the more, and desired the corn starch that it would hasten its withdrawal into the chariot so that he himself might also withdraw into the chariot.
And having finished that task, he removed himself into the chariot, and caused him to move forward, and it moved forward, and gathered strength, and passed through the hills and the valleys and in the morning, when the sun was come up, he ascended, both he and his chariot, into the heights of the mountains, whereupon snow did rest, yea, snow in abundance, and also ice, whereby one’s chariot might be caused to slide, and slither, and depart altogether from the safety of the road.
Timothy guided his chariot carefully all the more, and the morning passed, and the sun did rise, and cast its light over the snow, and the mountains, and the frozen lakes; so that all that land was clothed in great beauty, causing Timothy’s heart to swell, and be amazed thereby, and praise the One who had created all that he saw, and made it to come to pass that he might enjoy it withal.
And after having passed through many high mountains, and after having driven through many low valleys, he came out of the mountains, and saw the plains of the land of the children of Kansas:
The plains of Kansas were so flat that one might drive many miles and yet not see a tree or a hill or even anything slightly resembling a mountain.
However a chariot could pass over the ground with speed, having no mountains to ascend, and Timothy, in his heart seeing that there was a beauty in Kansas also, enjoyed the drive, though he also saw that the day was passing, and the sun was hasting to go down, and waited not that he might reach his destination in daylight and safety.
It became dark yet again; Timothy became tired yet again, and entering the city called Pratt, he came to a place called Subway, and there did alight from his chariot, and counted out seven pieces of gold, and gave them to a man in the place called Subway, and the man did take the gold, and thanked Timothy, and asked him what he desired.
And Timothy answered and said unto him, “O that I might have a sandwich, and be filled therewith. One with meat, that may cause my heart to cheer, and add thereon also lettuce, and pickles, and onions.”
And the man took gloves, and bread, and a knife, and cut the bread therewith, and made Timothy a sandwich, which caused his heart to cheer, and his stomach to be filled, for he was famished, and his soul fainted within him.
And it was dark, and although he had a scroll thereby to direct him to an inn not afar off, the scroll did not receive access to any libraries in Kansas, thereby the map on the scroll was useless, and Timothy knew not where he was going.
And he drove south of Pratt, and it was dark. And when many miles had been passed, and his soul grew angry and tired, he turned off on a road withal to decide what next to do.
Howbeit the road he turned on was in truth the road he wanted; and so he repented of his sin, and thanked the Lord.
And keeping in his heart the directions which had been delivered to him, he searched, and did find the house of Trent the Wrayian, with whom he was to pass the night.
And he drove up to the house, and entered it, and went upstairs, wherein was a chamber.
And in the chamber was a bed, and a table, and a candlestick that gave light to all the chamber. And Timothy gave thanks for the bed, and fell thereon, and was about to sleep when he heard his name called. And lo, it was the voice of Trent, who had arrived home to his house, and desired thereby to meet the one whose chariot was parked outside.
Therefore Timothy arose, and feigned alertness, and mirth, and hunger, and kept company with Trent and all those of his household, and ate much food, til it was late.
And about the sixteenth hour he excused himself, and bowed his head to the ground, and made like to bow all night, whereby the Wrayians of that house besought him that he would go to his chamber and there rest a while, which he did most gladly.
And the next day he rose up, having strengthened himself through a long and sound sleep, and made himself ready for the last day of his journey to Arkansas.
(to be continued)