Our second longest driving day. We left my cousin’s bright and early. They let us park our car in their garage so we didn’t have to repack it in the morning and were on the road by 6:45. We got to see another gorgeous sunrise as we left the city.
We stopped for lunch at Cracker Barrel in Arkansas and met my brother-in-law’s parents. I hadn’t seen them since 2009 so it was nice to spend an hour off the road with some great people. Plus breakfast for lunch is pretty fabulous.
I told our waiter that I like a lot of creamer with my coffee. “So basically a little coffee with your creamer?” he joked. Then he came back with this much creamer. I laughed so hard.
Day three wasn’t as long as day one, but by this point I was very tired and it was hard to find a hotel at the end of the day. We really needed something where unloading the car would be easy. We eventually found a Days Inn right outside of Birmingham, Alabama. I mean, we were in five states that day. It was 29 degrees outside by the time we stopped. Thank goodness that I could finally sleep without a sleeping pill.
Day four was the only day we didn’t see the sun rise. We slept a bit late and packing the car probably took a little longer than normal. When we got the bag on top of the car I realized that the biggest vacuum packed bag with my bedding had re-inflated itself and we couldn’t fit everything back into the bag. Thankfully it was the last day so we just took a bunch of clothes and stuffed them into the corners of the car. Thank goodness for my mom being there because my stress level immediately went through the roof.
We drove over 2600 miles on our trip.
Last tank of gas, last tank of gas! We stopped for gas and milkshakes in South Carolina.
We got to my sister’s house in North Carolina before six. I stopped documenting once we got there. I will post some pictures later that I got once home, but this is the end of my cross-country adventure. I am so grateful for my dad for working so much on my car before we left to make sure we were safe, for my mom for volunteering to come with me and driving so much, for my cousin and her family for dinner and a place to crash, for Jon’s parents for lunch, and especially for Kasey and Jon for letting me stay with them for the time being.
I will continue to blog about my experiences in an east coast southern state as opposed to a west coast liberal California. I hope you are all having a great holiday season!