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Time to "Hit the Road"

Our journey begins

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Saturday, January 27, 2007
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I’d like to make this travelogue well written and entertaining, but there are going to be a lot of days when that is just not going to happen. I think today will be one of them. It’s been a busy, tiring week and the creative juices are just not working. But I want to get something up on the website so something is better than nothing at this point.

For those that didn't hear, my brother died unexpectedly about two weeks ago. I travelled to Florida for two weeks to help my parents and niece plan his service, etc. Between being away for a week and the occasional waves of sadness, it's surprising that we were even ready to leave today.

We got up at 6am, finished all our last minute packing etc and left the house at 8am. We were hoping to leave yesterday but I was in a lot of pain when I woke up yesterday and could hardly walk, let alone finish packing. I had fallen down several stairs Thursday while packing – our cat Rosdale had decided to take a nap on the stairs and I never saw him til it was too late. The hip still hurt today but not as much and all I really had to do was ride in the truck.

We traveled to south of Washington DC before stopping for a break and some sandwiches. I was nervous about the traffic around DC so I was glad to be done with that part of our journey. I would have loved to stop and visit with our daughter Jackie, but there was no way we’d take our 52 ft long rig into Arlington.

After our stop for lunch Rosdale finally stopped meowing in the back seat of the truck and slept for the remainder of the day in the back seat of the truck, inside his ‘cage’. Rosdale seldom travels and he seemed petrified when I took him out of the truck at the stops.

We listened to our new XM radio a lot today (a Christmas gift from our daughters/son-in-laws) – enjoyed some disc jockey named Trucking Bozo on the truckers channel :-)

We stopped for dinner around 6pm at South of the Border. Jere is fascinated with the road signs for that place, but I think it’s a dump/dive/tourist trap/haven for many microorganisms. After checking out their fastfood and sitdown restaurants, we decided to drive down the road to the Waffle House. I can’t believe I ate the 'dripping with grease' sandwich and the almost raw home fries, but I did. Now I know how Jere talked me into getting an RV – I really don’t like eating out while traveling – too many unpleasant surprises.

Jere was tired so we decided to camp at South of the Border Campground for the night. The campground was surprisingly fairly full.

Highlights for today:
Finally leaving.
Greasy sandwiches and undercooked home fries at the Waffle House.
Cancelling our dinner order at South of the Border Hot Tamales fast food restaurant when Dad decided he wanted to eat dinner at the ‘Coffee House’, only to find out that they only serve COFFEE at the coffee house.
Joe playing “Stump Mom and Dad” with trivia questions from the Encarta 2005 software. I learned that an atoll is an island with a bay in the middle.
Rosdale meowing for only the first leg of the trip.
A pull thru level site, so easy set up. However, there is a very active train track next to the campground.
Being able to leave our winter coats in the car when we got to North Carolina (it was 20 degrees when we left home this morning).

Posted by jengelman 22:38 Archived in USA Tagged family_travel

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