Flat Tony’s 24-Hour Dash

Monday, November 9, 2009 at 12:36 pm 28 comments

The night before we left Florida for our new home in Texas, morale was at an all time low.  We were exhausted from packing and stacking boxes.  This Magna Doodle sketch sums up the prevailing sentiments.  (Just to be clear, that’s Florida in the lower right hand corner – drawing courtesy of my 11-year old daughter).

Missing Florida


Then to our surprise Flat Tony arrived all the way from Tasmania to make the road trip with us!  (this was before his new makeover)

help arrives


The trip started out on a bright beautiful day as we bid farewell to our old house around 7 am.

FT leaving the FL house


Space was tight so Flat Tony squeezed into the back of the van with the luggage.  As you can see, the kids had to squeeze in next to the luggage also.

Flat Tony rides in back with luggage


We drove non-stop for hours.  In the afternoon we stopped for fast food at Chick Fil-A.  Flat Tony has a very healthy appetite for such a petite fellow.

FT at Chick Fil A


But more than food, he can really hold his liquids.  Remember it’s important to keep hydrated, especially on long trips.

FT at the Lawyer's office


We did a lot of eating and drinking in the car too.   Flat Tony, don’t drink that all at once, or you know what will happen!

FT don't drink it all at once


*Sigh*  I’m not one to say I told you so, but…  Ok, hurry up, we’ll be waiting in the van.

FT takes a rest stop


We made the entire 1,385 miles in approximately 24 hours without any sleep stops.  (Distance courtesy of Google maps)  Whoever wasn’t driving tried to sleep in preparation for their turn. 

The kids didn’t sleep well either: one said she felt sorry for us drivers since we had to drive the whole way.  The other said she stayed awake to make sure we didn’t fall asleep at the wheel and drive everyone off a bridge.  Confidence levels run high around here.  I think we all slept a little.  

Luckily Flat Tony didn’t need any sleep and was there to lend a hand and take the wheel.  I wonder, is a Tasmanian driver’s license legal in Texas?  Does Flat Tony even have a Tasmanian driver’s license?  Oh well, that’s water under the bridge.

FT takes the wheel


It was a long tiring trip.  At times things got a bit sketchy as evidenced by this picture taken about 3 am just outside of Houston, Texas.   Hey Flat Tony, I thought you were driving!  What are you doing dancing on the dash-board?

Flat Tony somewhere outside of Houston


At some point around 7 am the next morning we made it into Austin.   Yay, finally!  You can see the wear and tear on Flat Tony as we cross a bridge over Lake Austin (he’s separating from his cardboard backing).

Flat Tony overlooking Lake Austin


Thanks for making the trip all the way with us from door to door, Flat Tony.  Do you mind helping us carry in the luggage?

FT in Texas


Entry filed under: Miscellaneous Stuff.

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28 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Just a Mom  |  Monday, November 9, 2009 at 12:51 pm

    I love Flat Tony’s adventure! I alos love your new house. It say just add laughter and love!

    • 2. Era  |  Monday, November 9, 2009 at 12:57 pm

      Thanks JAM, we’re adding as quickly as we can 🙂

  • 3. azfree  |  Monday, November 9, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    That is hilarious. I love Flat Tony. I think we all need a Flat Tony to accompany us on our adventures. I think my favorite part about Flat Tony is his pointing toe.

    • 4. Era  |  Monday, November 9, 2009 at 3:43 pm

      I always thought that pointed toe was cute also.

      • 5. Tony  |  Tuesday, November 10, 2009 at 3:05 am

        Notice that in his latest makeover the pointed toe has been done away with

        • 6. Era  |  Tuesday, November 10, 2009 at 4:17 am

          Yes, I think it works well, especially with his new spiffy outfit.

  • 7. Tony  |  Monday, November 9, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    Wow what an adventure you all had, that’s a lot of driving & thanks for taking FT along with you. I love what you did with him. I reckon the separating from the cardboard was due to too many drinks, the water probably softened the glue.
    Your old house looks lovely & the new one looks even lovelier. I like the way Florida misses you too. FT seems to have more room back there than the kids. I dunno about letting him drive.You sure took a risk & lucky he didn’t kill you all as he failed his Tasmanian drivers licence test due to the fact that he couldn’t reach the pedals or see over the dashboard.
    Thanks a lot Era & family for your participation in yet another Flat Tony Adventure. Awesome work!!!

    • 8. Era  |  Monday, November 9, 2009 at 5:17 pm

      I’m glad you enjoyed it. I really wanted to take pictures with him in scenic places in each state we crossed, but we had to leave a day behind schedule and pushed on through without more interesting stops. It was fun having him along. Perhaps the new improved FT can join us for our November holiday trip.

  • 9. S. Le  |  Monday, November 9, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    What a fantastic journey, well told! Good Flat Tony was along to help you stay awake!

    • 10. Era  |  Monday, November 9, 2009 at 5:19 pm

      Flat Tony was great company, but we had to keep taking those bathroom breaks because of all the water he kept drinking.

  • 11. Doraz  |  Monday, November 9, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    I am so happy to see a new post! What an EXCITING new post! I love all the photos. Flat Tony is so lucky to have had this adventure. Your new home is beautiful. I am sure you will all have a great time in it! Thanks for the smiles! 🙂

    • 12. Era  |  Monday, November 9, 2009 at 6:33 pm

      Thanks, I’m glad you enjoyed FT’s adventure! 🙂

  • 13. Gary  |  Monday, November 9, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    Wow, flat Tony sure get’s around! Almost makes me wish I was cutout and stuck on a piece of cardboard. At lease I could meet Era in person that way. LOL

    Great post Era and loads of fun. I like BOTH of your homes. BOTH are beautiful!

    • 14. Era  |  Tuesday, November 10, 2009 at 4:06 am

      Thanks Gary. I really enjoyed your post about meeting JJ and her daughter in person. I think it would be great if all us blog buddies could meet one day!

  • 15. emmap  |  Monday, November 9, 2009 at 10:39 pm

    hahahhaha! how cute! glad to finally get to hear about the trip… and FLAT TONY!!!

    • 16. Era  |  Tuesday, November 10, 2009 at 4:08 am

      I’m glad Flat Tony’s story finally got told! It was a whirlwind trip and I was only able to post about it so many months later.

  • 17. Hannah  |  Monday, November 9, 2009 at 11:14 pm

    I love how you clarified the Florida thing. 🙂

    This is inspiring! We need a Flat Tony friend for our December road trip to Massachusetts. Does he have any siblings? Does he procreate?

    • 18. Era  |  Tuesday, November 10, 2009 at 4:12 am

      He he. I thought a little clarification wouldn’t hurt :). Flat Tony is always looking for an adventure. I’ll write a post on how to track him down. In the mean time you can visit Old Fart’s Blog and leave a comment for Tony, the blog author and creator of Flat Tony.

  • 19. Jaymie  |  Tuesday, November 10, 2009 at 12:28 am

    I would like a Flat Tony too. Does it matter if I don’t do anything super exciting??

    • 20. Era  |  Tuesday, November 10, 2009 at 4:13 am

      Don’t worry about not “doing anything super exciting”. Flat Tony has a way of bringing his own excitement. Just leave a comment for Tony @ Old Fart’s Blog. Tony is the creator of Flat Tony and author of the blog.

  • 21. Dennis the Vizsla  |  Tuesday, November 10, 2009 at 1:08 am

    Your daughter’s Florida sketch is really cute! It’s a good thing you had Flat Tony along to help with the driving even though he’s a bit of a lead foot, or so I’m told …

    • 22. Era  |  Tuesday, November 10, 2009 at 4:16 am

      I’m starting to realize that allowing Flat Tony to drive was a bit of a risk. Luckily he didn’t start driving until after we crossed out of Georgia. The police there are very strict.

  • 23. Jean Has Been Shopping  |  Tuesday, November 10, 2009 at 11:15 am

    What fun! Makes me want to take Flat Tony on an adventure too!! Your new home is lovely! Your daughter is an artist!

    • 24. Era  |  Tuesday, November 10, 2009 at 12:30 pm

      Thank you. It was quite the trip!

  • 25. Tony  |  Wednesday, November 11, 2009 at 6:08 am

    Looks like FT made a real impression with all your visitors.

    • 26. Era  |  Wednesday, November 11, 2009 at 8:22 am

      Yes, I think he has. He made an impression with me the first time I saw him.

  • 27. blissbait  |  Wednesday, November 11, 2009 at 10:47 pm

    travel companion
    muy extraordinaire sir!
    love the play by play……

    Okay. That’s brilliant! Thank You, I’m happy Your trip was so nice and Welcome Home!!!! Cheers! 🙂

    • 28. Era  |  Thursday, November 12, 2009 at 8:42 am

      Thank you 🙂


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