Day 24: A Long Day of Driving
Trip Start May 25, 2010
37Trip End Jul 03, 2010
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The first funny moment happened at my first stop. I got up early, got ready, and left Tammy's house just after 9 on my way to pick up some Joe Beans and meet Andrew at Panera for breakfast. I didn't know until I was leaving that Tammy was making pancakes for breakfast. It made me wish I told Andrew I was just leaving early and so I could have eaten lots of pancakes instead. Anyways, Joe Beans is the best coffee in Lynchburg. It is a little drive thru place that has 3 different locations, I was visiting the one in Big Lots. When I got there, I realized that my window is broken and won't roll down (which is annoying because I paid all this money to get a new motor put in just over a month ago). So I had to park and walk to the drive thru window. Then another lady pulled up to order and was kind of laughing at me as she waited. It was embarrassing.
Once I got to Panera, I called Dad to tell him the plan. At this point, he told me about how I need to take a toll road with 3 tolls. Since my window was broken I would need to put the car in park at each one and step out to give my money. How pathetic. Thankfully, Daniel took me a way that only required stopping at 2 tolls to limit my humiliation. At Panera, me and Andrew ate some delicious bagels then parted ways. Andrew went off to the video store to try and get some cheap movies since they are going out of business and I started the long trek to Ohio.
Daniel led me to 501 North and said that this way to 81 was the fastest. I don't think he took into account that you need to slow down when the road is really curvy. Oh well, I only lost about 10 minutes off my time. Plus, I got to drive past Natural Bridge so I saw Stonehenge (a very entertaining site if you have not been there before) and the Zoo. I also saw a road called "Off the Beaten Road." I laughed.
Also, towards the beginning of 501 I saw a turtle on the side of the road looking like he was about to cross. I almost went back to save him but then I didn't know who would help me get across the road without dying. I was sad for him. It did appear that he was looking both ways so hopefully he waited till it was clear and then walked fast. Actually, I hope he turned around and decided not to cross.
Then I had a long uninteresting drive. I drove on 81 and 64 and 77 (the toll road). I stopped at the travel plaza in Beckly where I had some Quiznos. I realized I need to stop thinking that it will be good the next time I go because it never is. It never becomes subway. Oh well.
Finally I got off the major highways and ended up on some little back country roads. I was very excited when I drove past "Frazer's bottom bus stop" and "Frazer's Bottom Baptist Church." Frazer's Bottom, WV is the town where the movie "Win a Date with Tad Hamilton" is supposed to be set. However, I think the movie may have exaggerated the town a little bit. I already knew there wasn't a Piggly Wiggly there since there isn't one anywhere in West Virginia. But I expected the town to at least look like it could support a Piggly Wiggly. I hope I missed the main area and there was more to it but I really have no reason to believe there was much else there.
On the next long stretch of boring road I saw several funny things. First was a Presbyterian church located directly beside an Adult video store. I didn't really know how to respond. Nearby there was a big black barn that had a type of Tobacco written on it very large. The barn was rotting but I don't think it was meant to symbolize what smoking could do to your lungs but that's what it made me think of. I also saw Limerick road which you could take for 3 miles to get to "Jesus in the Hills Camp." I laughed out loud about that one. Sometime later I also saw a giant wooden corn cob on the side of the road.
I was very bored on this stretch of road and my ipod radio thing didn't want to work. So I listened to far too much country music and all the hit stations kept playing the songs another had just played. I heard the "California Girls" song 3 times in a row on different stations and about 6 times on the whole drive. My gummy dinosaurs were dancing to the music to entertain me. But then I would just get sad that I couldn't dance around or think that they looked like they had to use the bathroom and of course that reminded me that I had a similar need and had not seen civilization for an hour and a half. But God decided to send me a little miracle. Just when i thought I couldn't hold it any more, I found a Tim Horton's! It was very exciting!
As I left with my box of timbits, I found a Barnes and Nobles not far from Karen's house and set Daniel to lead me there. Karen needs to work, so my plan was to hang out there until she is done and I will get work done on my code projects. So I set out. Along the way, I saw another hilarious site - a drive thru feed store. I thought that was just a name because they had such fast service but then I looked over and saw that cars were really driving thru. I did a double take and then laughed heartily. After that, the drive was pretty normal but there was a fair amount of construction and traffic. But I finally made it to Barnes and Nobles where I am now. I plan to be here about another hour or hour and a half and I hope I can get lots of work done. Sadly, I feel I will find a way to distract myself. But I am excited to spend some time with Karen although I don't think I will get to talk to her too much because I am a bit sleepy. Oh well. I'm sure she will understand.
Alright, dear readers, I hope you all have a good night. I hope you have enjoyed hearing about the odd things I saw today. Be glad you didn't have to drive 6 hours to see them - believe me, it wasn't worth it. But getting to see my family tomorrow will make it worth it. And I get to stay at a fancy hotel and sleep in a cozy bed and have as many towels as I want. Yay! Sometimes, I wish I was more like Ross. I think it would be fun.