The Compound hits the road: Ian Happ, Dakota Mekkes share road trip adventure from Phoenix to Chicago
For one weekend, “The Compound” hit the road.
Well, one half of it is at least.
Ian Happ and Dakota Mekkes, a Cubs prospect who spent 2019 in Triple-A Iowa, one half of the quartet of Cubs that lived in a Phoenix-area home dubbed “The Compound”, hit the road to Chicago on Friday. Happ and Mekkes kept fans up to date on their travels via their social media accounts, providing traffic, music and food updates.
Things got off to a slow start on the trip, with Mekkes and Happ getting stuck in traffic – after enduring a 20-minute wait at a Starbucks drive-thru.
The boys are road tripping it to Chicago. First Update: Moral is high @DMekkes7 pic.twitter.com/jjTII9FoF4— Ian Happ (@ihapp_1) June 5, 2020
But the duo kept their morale high, even if Happ misspelled the word, much to his frustration.
My spelling makes me want to delete this… I apologize “morale” is high— Ian Happ (@ihapp_1) June 5, 2020
The pair updated fans a few hours later as they hoped to reach Amarillo, Texas to catch some sleep. They waited for food at an Applebee’s, while suffering from some “dehydration” because Happ didn’t pick up water for he and Mekkes.
“That’s my bad,” Happ admitted. “But, morale is as high as it could be. Amarillo here we come.”
UPDATE: We’re somewhere in New Mexico hungry and dehydrated. Morale 80% pic.twitter.com/XAnhvvd7br— Ian Happ (@ihapp_1) June 5, 2020
Mekkes and Happ listened to their podcast on the trip, too.
Update on the update: not a lot of food options off the highway here. Cruise control has been a big morale boost. The Compound podcast has been listened to in the car @DMekkes7— Ian Happ (@ihapp_1) June 5, 2020
At 12:37 a.m., Happ provided the update that they had made it to their destination as planned.
Final Update of the night: we’ve made it to Amarillo. Day 1 in the books, morale is at an all time high. See you on the road tomorrow @DMekkes7 #AmarilloSky— Ian Happ (@ihapp_1) June 6, 2020
Zack Short, another Cubs prospect who spent parts of 2019 at Double-A Tennessee and Iowa and one of the other members of the Compound, followed along to the updates closely, too.
Gif of the day 😂 https://t.co/qiXaicHP6J— Ian Happ (@ihapp_1) June 6, 2020
Happ and Mekkes started off day two of the trip in high spirits after some coffee, breakfast tacos and listening to “Amarillo by Morning” by George Strait.
Day 2 Update: Got our breakfast tacos and coffee. Early tension on radio volume.. more to follow #HereWeGo @DMekkes7 pic.twitter.com/IZVvNBZva5— Ian Happ (@ihapp_1) June 6, 2020
Mekkes, who had been doing all of the driving in videos that Happ had posted, shared “rare footage of Ian Happ behind the wheel.” The duo were snacking on some fruit snacks, something Mekkes said he hadn’t had “since 8th grade, maybe.”
Update: My turn to drive, somewhere in Oklahoma with nothing but open fields and hay bails. Fruit snack review from @DMekkes7 pic.twitter.com/m4trnRhyWH— Ian Happ (@ihapp_1) June 6, 2020
Mekkes and Happ listened to plenty of country music on the trip.
Update: Could be in Oklahoma or Missouri who knows. @bretteldredge boosting morale big time pic.twitter.com/eqAMOx9eJi— Ian Happ (@ihapp_1) June 6, 2020
But they also saw the effects of the long road trip on day two.
Update: this man is not comfortable @DMekkes7 pic.twitter.com/Mn66eMbR0Q— Ian Happ (@ihapp_1) June 6, 2020
Happ was behind the wheel again on day three, as the pair were finally in Illinois. They did hit an early setback in day three, like in day one, involving coffee. Happ wasn’t content with Starbucks coffee so they went to two other coffee shops that ended up being closed.
“That’s an extra 20 minutes because he just can’t handle Starbucks coffee,” Mekkes said. “It isn’t good enough for his palette.”
“[The] time wasted was not worth it, unfortunately,” Happ admitted.
Day 3 Update: Coming down the home stretch. Nice to be back in Illinois, but what is this thing you call humidity?? @DMekkes7 pic.twitter.com/DLZd6lliH1— Ian Happ (@ihapp_1) June 7, 2020
Mekkes kept his shoe game strong even while in the car.
Ready in case a game breaks out @DMekkes7 pic.twitter.com/PZnvrpMnAx— Ian Happ (@ihapp_1) June 7, 2020
Sunday, the pair had finally arrived back in Chicago, with the final update tweet sent out about 50 hours after their first tweet.
Final Update: The Compound road trip is complete. Happy to be back in Chicago! Tune in to The Compound podcast tomorrow to hear the full story.— Ian Happ (@ihapp_1) June 7, 2020
The pair will have more details on the trip in an upcoming podcast episode of the Compound. It’s worth a listen if the tweets were anything to judge on.