Only a Few Inches on the Map

Trip Start May 03, 2006
Trip End Mar 2007

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Wednesday, June 28, 2006

A brief time log of our 28 hour ride down to Houston:

6:30 - Depart N. Brookfield for Spencer to say our goodbyes to our families.

8:00 - The journey begins.

8:40 - Jamie accidentally goes the wrong way off the exit. We end up in the FedEx distribution center in CT. Not exactly off to a good start.

8:50 - After turning around we found the Dunks we were looking for, but apparently so did the other 50 people in line ahead of us. We went over to Burger King for breakfast instead. (We now regret this decision as there are no Dunkin Donuts in Houston.)

9:00 - As we leave the rest stop (and last Dunks we will see for a long time) it begins to rain. Once back on 84 it begins to pour. The rain would not let up until we crossed the Delware River on the border of NY and Penn.

11:30 - We cross the Delaware River, and are now in Pennsylvania. We couldn't help but notice that the Delaware was a swift moving river of mud and debris. Later we heard on the news that the rain following us forced the evacuation of 250,000 people. (Some of the exits off our highway were closed due to flooding.)

Some hours into the trip - We pass the exit for Peck's Pond, PA. We can only assume that the locals are called Peckers.

3:14 - We enter Maryland and cross the Mason/Dixon line. We are now officially in the South.

3:25 - We enter West Virginia. Thankfully we hear no banjos.

3:46 - Virginia welcomes us for a very long ride.

8:28 - We're a seein Tenneseans. We also stop for dinner at Cracker Barrel. Apparently the locals didn't think much of my cut off shirt and yellow board shorts.

11:00 - Halfway there. Only 14 more hours to go.

11:45 - Making excellent time until we came to a dead stop. About 20 minutes later a life flight helicopter lands right on the 2 lane bridge about 100 yards ahead of us. Life Flight takes off and we are on the road again. (Thank you Willie Nelson.)

12:50 - Drove past the Chatanooga Choo Choo. It really does exist!

1:00am - Do I smell peaches? Yes, because we are in Georgia.

12:15am (for all of you that are confused, we hit the time zone. Gained an hour.) Also hit Alabama.

12:30 - Jamie pushes the limit. We nearly run out of gas. Puttering on the last fumes in the tank, we rolled into a gas station that I think was part of the set in Deliverance. We kept waiting for someone to ask "You city folks lost?"

3:50 - We hit Mississippi.

5:30 - The first light of the sun shines on some of the devastation of the hurricanes. Trees all along the highway were snapped in half like tooth picks. We also passed a lot full of FEMA trailers (over a thousand). Unused of course. Money well spent.

6:15 - Welcome to Louisiana. After reading about the rise in crime since the hurricanes, we drive as fast as possible.

10:20 - We knew entered Texas when we saw a bumper sticker that read "We didn't cross the border, the border crossed us!" Side note: A truck in tow had Cautioon written on the back window. We assumed the extra 'o' was for extra warning.

12:20 - We meet our landlady in Houston.
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