Having shared a bed with Chris for nearly thirty years, listening to him talk in his sleep is nothing new to me. For readers who don’t know us, Chris is a particle physicist; his work involves designing and building detectors. While asleep, he often mutters away in highly technical terms about his work, and – if I prompt him – he will respond with even more physics babble. When he wakes up, he remembers nothing of what he’s said.
We’ve been back for a few days, and are slowly re-entering our old time zone and our old lives. Our sleeping patterns are out of phase, and Chris was already sound asleep last night when I got into bed. Sound asleep – but not quiet.
“It’s gonna be a really good ride,” he muttered, without waking up.
“Where are we going?” I asked him.
Still sound asleep, he replied, “To the river. The weather’s good. It’ll be a perfect day.”
The road is still in us. For Chris, going back to work in January is going to be the hardest part of the trip.