10 hours in the car and all good!!!
Trip Start Apr 20, 2012
120Trip End Sep 01, 2012
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Beep…beep….beep. Oh crap. It's time to think seriously about rolling out of the sleeping bag. "Tim, (this whispered, loudly), it's time to get up." And with that begins a quick up and out as we have driving to do and the birthplace of Laura Ingalls Wilder to visit. 57 focused minutes later and the Heidmanns are up, fed, packed and driving Odie out of the West Ashtabula Camping ground by 7:07 am and heading due East for the second day in a row. Along the way we listened to the bulk of "The Silver Chair" by C.S. Lewis and Book 6 of the Chronicles of Narnia, we stopped a couple of times for petrol, ice, groceries, and ice cream and cruised down the lane of the Wisconsin campground around 2:30
Aside from having to drive an hour back up the road to the campground in the late afternoon, which could have been a real drag, we all, well particularly Tim and Jess, enjoyed the drive to and fro through the countryside. We drove on small County Roads labelled with the letters "B, N, NN, CC and S", through many small dairies, a couple of beef herds and corn and soybean fields. We enjoyed the sunny afternoon and the clean, crisp air which occasionally produced a whiff of fresh cut grass. At one point, Eli was heard to say "it smells like when Dad cuts the lawn". We also noticed and commented upon the change from evergreens and conifers to deciduous hardwoods. We got back to camp around 5:15 and other than the above mentioned quick stops, we had been in the car for 10 hours. We all still like each other even! We set up camp and the kids quickly made friends with the four children next door and played merrily together so much that the parents were forced to interact with each other and we had to pry our kids back to the tent for bed so that we can all jump in the car for another 8-9 hours tomorrow on our way to Chicago.