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The Trip West – Days 1 And 2

November 6, 2012

We left Baltimore on Tuesday afternoon as soon as the truck was loaded.   I must have been in some kind of a haze because I don’t have a single picture of the first leg of our trip.  We spent the night in Salem, VA at a La Quinta (God bless you La Quinta for being dog friendly!).  Dinner was Chinese delivery.  280 miles down, a bajillion to go.  Gas in Salem, VA was at $3.49 a gallon and we averaged 33 mpg.

I was up super early Wednesday so we left the hotel at 5:30am.  Starbucks for breakfast and the Evita soundtrack escorted us into Tennessee.

This was one of the first buildings we saw entering TN

Dad cozied up to a new friend at the Tennessee rest stop.

We stopped in Crossville for a fill up (gas was $3.45).

Wait, I forget, where are we again?

We made it to Nashville just in time for lunch at one of my college favorites: SATCo.  My college roommate Sandra Dee was able to join us – what fun!

Just like old times. Except that Poppi and Chloe were with us. And we were a good 20 years older than most of the patrons.

A quick swing through campus for old times sake and we were on our way.

I lived in this building twice

Chloe insisted we take a picture at the Patsy Cline Rest Area.

You take me walkin’, after midnight, under the starlight and I do my bizness and you give treats, yes? 

We left Tennessee and drove through a tornado warning in Arkansas to reach Little Rock.  That may have been the most nerve-racking part of the entire trip.  Dad was driving, I was working the iPhone apps like I’m mission control at NASA and we were praying!  We both breathed a big sigh of relief when that was behind us.  Then we stumbled upon a college radio station and entertained ourselves calling in requests and chatting with the DJ.


I look quiet, but in my head I think “Auntie Em! Auntie Em!” Also, we dere yet?

We drove 787 miles on Day 2.   It was a good day.

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  1. November 7, 2012 2:22 pm

    The scary part of he trip towards Little Rock was that we were traveling after dark so we could only see the storms through intermitten lightning strikes. Luckily OJ’s smart phone gave us weather radar so we could see that the tornadoes were all south of us and heading east.

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