Awkward Family Email: My Uncle’s Road Trip

August 11th, 2009

“Hi Everyone,
Well after cruising along for 428 miles, I arrived at the KOA campground in Bismark. It was fairly empty when I first pulled in around 5:00 but by the time I came back from my Dairy Queen run, most of the drive through spots are full. Most of the tent spots are still empty.

There were two notable things today. Normally when going to the lake I can leave the milage display on the screen and see that I cruise along at 65 MPH with a normal weekend load of clothes and food and get around 24 MPG. Today towing the trailer and attempting to keep up with the 75MPH speed limit (which everyone seems to be ignoring) the jeep only gets about 11 MPG. So I made a few extra gas stops and noted how long it was between stops. There is a lot of open country out here in North Dakota. I sure hope when I turn south to go to the bike race that I find enought gas stations. I note that I will be taking mostly 2 lane roads so I will only be going around 55 MPH, so the milage should be better. It is the long distances between “towns” that worries me. I saw the sign for gasolene on an exit and took the exit. It was 5 miles to the town, and the station was shut. (its Sunday!). Fortunately a friendly person walking down the road gave me directions to get gas without going right back to I-94. However when I started back out from the gas station, my GPS started telling me to drive 133 miles south on the two lane road to continue my journey. I ignored that advice and asked for more directions from a local and only had to go on a couple roads that the GPS apparently did not know about to get back to I-94. Maybe I should have downloaded new maps to the GPS before I left the house. It is only 6 weeks old, so I figured it had to be fairly up to date.

The other thing that really struck me is how big motorhomes and trailers have become since I last camped on a trip in the 70′s. I would say that at least 1/2 half of the “campers” here are with giant motor homes towing jeeps or trucks or they are fifth wheel trailers. The folks next to me have a fifth wheel toy hauler with their Harley’s in the back and the “living quarters” in the front. Like I mentioned, no real tent campers here.

Tomorrow’s only planned activity is the river boat ride on the Missouri river and maybe visiting a few of the historical sites in Bismark and Mandan. I also want to find the city park since someone wrote about in on the web and said it is the best campground in the area. It supposedly is on the river so maybe when I find the boat ride I can find the park.

Thats the news for now. No campground pictures since it would look like last week’s pictures. There is a quick snapshot of the car and trailer as I finished loading up this AM.”

(submitted by Lisa)

335 Responses to “Awkward Family Email: My Uncle’s Road Trip”

  1. Carl says:

    Um, what did I miss? What is awkward about this one?

  2. Ophelia says:

    Am I missing something…? It certainly isn’t an exciting e-mail, but I don’t see quite what is awkward…

  3. Really? says:

    I’m confused, how is this awkward? It sounds more boring than awkward.

  4. Tim says:

    Why is this awkward? Lonely maybe, but not awkward…

  5. KatiefromBoston says:

    Not awkward just incredibly boring!

  6. Walter says:

    How is this awkward? It’s just boring. . . which does not (necessarily) equate to awkward.

  7. Brynne says:

    Am I missing something?

  8. ntheknow says:

    not awkward…just boring…or am I missing something?

  9. CM says:

    Aside from the excessive detail, why is this even on here? Not exactly awkward.

  10. DE says:

    I don’t get what is awkward about this…

  11. Anne says:

    Sorry, but I fail to see what’s awkward about this…? Is this all it takes to mortify a niece these days?

  12. Giromi says:

    There is absolutely nothing awkward about this letter. I read it twice. . . Did I miss the awkward part? I do hope AFP doesn’t decline as quickly as Failblog did. :(

  13. Dr memory says:

    what a boring letter – dont anyone else make the mistake of reading it. What a waste of time, and I have no clue why the poster would even bother putting it here. Nothing funny or awkward here folks, keep on moving.

  14. Jenny says:

    How is this awkward? Am I missing something?

  15. Maureen says:

    and the awkward thing that happened next was………..?

  16. John says:

    I really don’t see what’s so awkward here … It reads like any other open road email from a family member I’ve ever read.

    Maybe I’m just missing it.

  17. that guy says:

    How exciting

  18. GM says:

    What is awkward about this? It seems like a nice (if long) e-mail from an Uncle who is telling you about his roadtrip.

  19. BRAD says:

    Thats not awkward its just stupid.

  20. Choddy says:

    I totally fail seeing the awkwardness here … can somebody please point it out for me? For me it’s just some dude keeping his folks informed about his trip, paying much attention in detail.

  21. Shaniqwa says:

    where’s the awkwardness?
    where’s the family?

  22. Julie says:

    This is not even remotely awkward. This website is really losing its flair.

  23. Samph says:

    I don’t get it, am I missing something? This seems neither awkward nor interesting.

  24. anyalita says:

    Maybe I’m naive… but I don’t see how this email is awkward.

  25. Rachel says:

    explain the point of this “awkward’ story to me- it was way to dull for me to finish and so have no idea what was awkward about it :(

  26. Charlene says:

    …where’s the awkward?

  27. dod says:

    Awkward? No. Fail.

  28. Jennifer says:

    Okay, there’s a delicate balance between ‘hilarious but typical email from grandma’ and this boring, rambling thing. Not awkward, not funny…not worth anyone’s time.

  29. bswift says:

    Sigh. This is the most boring story ever posted on here. Way too long, and no payoff at the end. Lisa, there is nothing exceptional or embarrassing about this, other than the fact that you sent it in.

    Good day.

  30. Awkward Uncle says:

    Don’t confuse boring with awkward…

  31. Jason says:

    I don’t think I understand what makes this an awkward family email …

  32. Becky says:

    Why is this awkward? It’s just goes on and on and on about nothing interesting. It would have been awkward if he was telling you about his hemorrhoids or a compound bow or something that you wouldn’t want to hear about.

  33. Julie says:

    So glad he’s having a good time, and sharing it with everyone… Is he an engineer?

  34. Campbell says:

    I don’t get it…

  35. Me says:

    Not awkward as much as boring.

  36. R says:

    Kind of boring, but not particularly awkward.

  37. Meow_mix says:

    I don’t get it. Why is this so awkward?

  38. Snowrider says:

    gggggggggggggjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjkkkkkkkkkkkkkkldslkjfsidfir’er……..OOPS! Sorry. I nodded off and my head hit the keyboard…..

    • gcb says:

      you have a very narrow head to only hit the “g” for that extended amount of time before hitting the “j”… what happened to the “h”?

  39. JP says:

    This is just boring. How is this awkward?

  40. Dylan says:

    This is the most awkward thing I have ever heard in my entire life…

    Ever since they started letting STORIES be on awkwardfamilyPHOTOS the site has gone way down hill. Please keep your “had to be there” and “not very funny unless you know this person” stories to yourself.

    Thanks! :)

  41. Jennifer says:

    Why is this awkward? I mean it’s boring, but I was expecting an awkward revelation or two to make it truly worthy of the “awkward” title.

    P.S. – I have been to Bismark and yes, gas stations are few and far between on the I-94.

  42. p1nwh33l says:

    No Comment

  43. Vicky says:

    Not awkward at all.

  44. Angela says:

    Well…where’s the snapshot??

  45. DG says:

    Please tell me what is awkward about this e-mail…

  46. Mulberry says:

    Holy Crap!!! I wanted to run screaming from the room reading this. Is this guy OCD??

  47. Anna says:

    Why was this posted? It’s pointless. Not funny or particularly awkward, just a rambling e-mail from a family member.

  48. Scott says:

    What’s the point of a story like this? Not Awkward, not funny, not even entertaining.

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