The trip down could have been disastrous (the kids have never driven for more than 3 hours), but it wasn’t too bad. The first night we drove to Jeffersonville, OH, then the second day we drove to Macon, GA, and then on the 3rd day (Day 0) we arrived at the house in Kissimmee, FL. We arrived a little early, and so we went and got some groceries first. We then went to the house and swam.
Thursday, March 3, 2011
- 3:35 Lisa, her parents, and the kids left home to pick me up at work
- 3:56 picked me up and drove away
- 4:03 got through customs at the Rainbow Bridge
- 5:44 crossed the PA state line
- 5:47-6:04 stopped at a McDonald’s for dinner
- 8:09 left a rest area
- 10:28 arrived at the hotel in Jeffersonville, OH
Lisa drove to pick me up, and then I drove the rest of the way
Christine had gotten sick the day we left, so she was pretty grumpy and groggy during the trip. At night I gave her a blessing. I laid my hands on her head, and started by saying “Christine Lisa Wing” and she opened her eyes a bit and said, “Yes?” 🙂
Christine stayed in our room and the boys shared the second bed in Grandma and Grandpa’s room.
Friday, March 4, 2011
The continental breakfast at the hotel was quite good. We had bagels, cereal, juice, oatmeal, and waffles.
- 8:00 on the road
- 9?29 crossed the Kentucky border
- 9:40 stopped at a rest stop
- 12:40 got lunch at Wendy’s
- 1:00 crossed the Tennessee border. We’ve noticed quite a few trees with blossoms, as well as some daffodils growing.
- 1:09-2:00 hit a lane closure in the Tennessee mountains which delayed us almost an hour
- 4:24 crossed the Georgia border
- 7:30 arrived at the Macon hotel
Grandpa drove for a couple of hours in the morning, and a couple of hours in the evening. Lisa drive for a few hours in the morning. I drove the rest of the way.
Christine was feeling better (not 100%, but better), but Andrew was miserable. He just didn’t get enough sleep last night.
We had hoped to swim at the Macon hotel, but it was an outdoor pool and was closed for the season. It wasn’t opening until Monday. It was too cold to swim anyway.
The hotel was much, much nicer than the previous hotel.
Saturday, March 5, 2011 – Day 0
The continental breakfast in Macon was excellent. Along with the standard muffins, toast, cereal, etc, there were also biscuits, eggs, and sausage rounds. We ate well, and then got on our way.
- 8:16 left hotel
- 11:24 crossed the Florida border and stopped at a welcome centre. We each got an orange juice and grabbed lots of pamphlets of things to do
- 1:04 stopped at a rest stop
- 3:15 arrived in Kissimmee
We can’t believe the number of anti-abortion billboards around. There must have been one every couple of minutes along the Florida Turnpike. Strangely enough, during the whole trip there were also billboards for strip joints or “adult” stores at almost every major rest stop.
Of course we were looking for license plates. Here is what we have seen so far:
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- New York
- North Carolina
- Nova Scotia
- South Carolina
- West Virginia