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Road Trips

November 25, 2012 by , under Family, Friends, Life, Miscellaneous, Thoughts, Weekend Fun.

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This Thanksgiving, my wife, my son & I made a road trip to the far away land of Jersey to spend the holiday with my mother & sister. The time spent was wonderful, but the trip going up was tiring.Normally, a trip to New Jersey from Atlanta takes around 14 hours (give or take an hour), but this year, it took more like 17 HOURS!!

I was oblivious to the fact that the day before Thanksgiving is the busiest day of the year as far as travel! It was terrible! Once we got deep into North Carolina, we noticed all kinds of traffic headed south on I-85…I was so glad we weren’t over there. But when we got to Virginia, we got a taste of our own traffic. I was asleep at first, but woke up to witness the wife dealing with all the stopping & going. Since out was about dinnertime, I suggested that we go ahead & stop, grab a quick bite, then I’d take over. After Taco Bell, we drove for about another 5 1/2 hours trip our hotel.

Outside of the traffic, my family did pretty good during this trip. We only stopped when it was time for like lunch, dinner or gas. Lately, when we travel, we’ve been stopping every 2-3 hours to get coffee, use the bathroom & snacks. That’s on top of the other stops. They don’t realize that 5 unnecessary stops of about 20 minutes, add an hour to our trip! When I used 2 make my trip to Jersey, back when I first moved to Atlanta, it was only me. I stopped hifor gas & used the bathroom at the same time. I always had a little cooler with drinks, snacks & sandwiches in it, so I could keep it movin’. One year, I don’t know how I did it, but I made it to Jersey in 12 hours flat! BAAAMM! That was a once in a lifetime kind of trip.

So, do any of you take road trips? If so, what’s the format for your voyage? When do you make stops? How fast do you drive? Do you obey the speed limit? (Was that a silly question?) Does anyone still use radar detectors? Share your travel secrets, do’s & don’ts, etc.