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  • 301 miles down, 1741 to go.

    We've reached Lovelock, Nevada on our way home for our St Louis nuptials. So many more miles to go and 2 rascally cats alternate between patient sleep and impatient sounds in the back seat. But we decide to stop.

    We pull off the highway and towards the first gas station we see. We buy $30 worth of gas and a $7 lock before continuing on to Lovers Lock, a grassy spot at the far end of Main Street. I think I was expecting something more age-worn or romantic, but the sign reminds me that Lovers Lock was only dedicated 4 years before in February of 2006. At that time, Lovelock, Nevada created a space for passersby to partake in the Chinese custom of symbolically locking one's love on a never-ending chain. The folklore stated that upon doing so, the lock owner's love would last for as long as that lock remained upon the chain.

    We are mere weeks away from standing before all our closest friends and family and promising to love each other well beyond our already accumulated 10 years. This seems like a natural step towards that moment. We search for a spot on the chain already heavily weighed down with locks and pick a slightly less crowded spot. We like our space, after all. With both our hands gripping it, we close the lock around the chain. We messily engrave our initials on the back of the lock to give it some character among the anonymous others, then toss the keys as instructed.

    Funny I don't feel any different, though I half expected this to feel a bit like eloping before the big event. We return to the car, to our anxious cats waiting in the back seat, and embark on mile 302+ of the rest of our journey.
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