I can honestly say the last few days have been one of the biggest adventures of my life. I can easily write an entire 1700 (somehow dad and I made it 1780) mile driving recap filled with dad and I’s musings. I think it could be considered a race recap. I went a certain distance, had plenty of stops for food and water and it was filled with highs and lows…
Day 1: 180 miles
Dad and I left around 4pm on Wednesday night. We wanted to be able to put a few miles in the night before. Driving is not one of my strong points. Most people would easily be able to drive the entire journey in 3 days. I am not most people and we ended up taking 5 and stopping along the way.
After getting coffee for the last time at Wawa for a while we actually left.
Our first stop came in Emporia at a Cracker Barrel for dinner. I asked a line of elderly about 4 times if they were in line to be seated. They didn’t hear me and finally the hostess realized dad and I were not part of their party and sat us.
I will give a shoutout that Cracker Barrel pancakes are one of the few restaurants that I love their cakes. (Mostly because they will put lots of whip cream on them).
Then we just kept driving and located a Hampton Inn off the highway. Dad was instaimpressed by their stash of cookies.
We then proceeded to just relax and hang out in the hotel and go to bed early like the 90 year old people we are.
Day 2: 450 miles Durham to Auburn, Alabama
After getting a good nights rest, dad and I woke up and ran around Durham. We somehow made it downtown and to Duke University. It was one of the hilliest runs I have ever done. It was hillier then Atlanta, Oswego and wherever else. I was struggling holding 9:30 min miles. (How the hell am I going to run a half in three days…I don’t know).
I like staying in Hampton Inn’s because we can run in the am and breakfast is already being served when we get back. They also always have a giant tray of eggs which since I can’t make eggs without making them burnt and crusty, any eggs are amazing. These eggs in Durham were just plain scrambled eggs (important later).
Then we drove and drove and drove. We stopped in multiple gas stations that had more beer then coffee.
I saw a giant peach watertower.
We had planned to meet Laura in Atlanta so I was using that to excite me throughout the drive. It was working somewhat.
When we did get to Atlanta I went straight into a parking garage. Only to realize that like a derp dad couldn’t go in there because the uhaul topped out at the roof.
I also literally walked right into Laura in the parking garage.
After a nice grandma dinner at 4:30, we got back on the road and made it into Louisiana.
But not after hitting far too much traffic.
From around 6-8 we just kept driving. We finally made it out of Georgia and into Alabama and found a hotel.
I ended up getting hungry after getting to the hotel around 8 so we went down to the Wendys. Out of all the fast food places I choose, this one was extremely slow. We felt bad for the cashier because it looked like she was dealing with a bunch of goobers behind the counter. It took us roughly 20 minutes for our food…20 minutes that was worth it.
Then we went to bed at 8pm central time and 9 Eastern time…because we wanted to up our old people status more.
Questions for you:
Favorite travel food?
What time do you normally eat dinner?