I’m Back! Did You Miss Me?
What? What do you mean you didn’t KNOW I was gone? OK, you’re right, I didn’t tell you I was leaving – so let me fill you in now. I was on a road trip !!!
With the decision to move to another state looming over our heads, we decided to go on a reconnaissance mission. That’s right, our little mini van has logged over 4000 miles in the last 8 days. That’s tons of miles!!! Get it? An American ton is 2000 pounds and we travelled 4000 miles! … *I sense blank stares and cricket noises in the background *… Alrighty then, moving on.
This was quite the road trip and I’ll be telling you all about it. Today I’ll start things off by listing a few observations from the highways and byways of America.
- We live in a beautiful and geographically diverse country. Yet, from the interstate highways, a lot of it looks the same. There is definitely something to be said about taking the scenic route – unless you’re trying to save time and cross four states in one day. (Yeah, I’m exhausted)
- The stuff brought to keep your family entertained in the car can quickly turn into a whirling vortex of clutter under your feet. It’s amazing how much trash can accumulate in a car after the first few hours of a trip. All attempts to keep possessions organized fail miserably and the vehicle deteriorates into a miniature, self contained landfill. SIGH…
- During the nearly 4000 miles that we logged, calories were burned only by breathing, talking, and pressing the accelerator – whenever cruise control wasn’t in use. Despite this fact, we consumed record amounts of junk food in an effort to keep ourselves awake while barrelling down the freeway at 70 mph (approx 115 kph).
- Certain states monitor highway traffic more closely than others. If travelling through Georgia, I recommend that you take your time. We saw several state troopers in action.
- Have you ever seen tire fragments on the side of the road and wondered “how did that happen?” We saw the remnants of a tire rolling down the highway in the lane next to us after it exploded off an 18 wheeler a.k.a. semi tractor trailer. Thankfully the driver didn’t lose control of his rig. That would have been disastrous!
- Radio stations with programming you like become harder to find the further you get from home.
- Technology is fabulous! I was able to write a few posts before the trip and schedule them to auto post while I was on the road. I was even able to use Hubby’s iPhone to reply to a few comments. Free Wi-Fi in hotels -awesome!
- State lines may be artificial divisions, but each time you cross one, it gives you a great sense of accomplishment.
(image from here)