Thank god it only takes me 10 minutes to set up camp! That’s all the daylight I had left when I arrived here at
Now it’s a) too dark and b) I’m too tired to explore. Here’s the tough part – I know better. I keep thinking about my dad circa 1965. We travel go cross-country exceeding the newly inaugurated interstate system speed limit. We’d pile in the car at 4AM. Stop for breakfast about 7AM. And drive till 4PM. I know he was trying to maximize the time at our final destination but …. I thought this strategy resulted in totally missing the point. After all, the best part was checking into the hotel and swimming until bedtime! But if it was up to me, we’d still be at the Holiday Inn in
. Sioux Falls
Today’s journey of 195 miles took almost 7 hours. ?!?!? My calculations were waaay off. I take the mileage and divide by 50 (I average about 60 MPH and figure that will accommodate stopping times). That works out to 4 hours behind the wheel Wrong.
A brief stop for coffee and cookies about noon. Another quick stop for a sandwich at a rest area on US Highway 27. And the stop at the public library in Perry (45 minutes tops). Perhaps I need to take my trip estimate and double it? Or for every 2 days should I factor in 1 more?
Ithought I was biting off small chunks, thinking 200 miles a day was easily achieved. I’m rethinking that.
Admittedly, I get a very slow start – it was 10:15 this AM before I pulled out. So I’ll work on changing that approach. But, sorry Dad, I’m not getting on the road at 4 AM !!!!!
Maybe this won’t even be an issue in the future. Typically I won’t have targeted overnight stops. But I do on the first leg of this trip because I must be at the
rally by tomorrow (Tuesday). Kissimmee
Deadlines! Clocks! Schedules!
So I’ll try early-ish to bed and early-ish to rise and see what tomorrow brings. Tomorrow night will be my first stay in a private RV park and I can tell you that I’m looking forward to the novelty of having internet access in the GDB. And cell coverage. Meriwether Lewis would feel the same way, bless him.
P.S. If anyone is coming this way, I highly recommend US 27. It’s the perfect combination of a well-maintained surface + precious little traffic.
P.P.S. I am becoming more and more accustomed to the GDB and, as a result, love it all the more. I drove through the state capital area in
today and was
changing lanes like I was in a sub-compact!
And, small as it is, it’s the most comfortable home I can imagine for the night. Tallahassee
Happy Election Day Tomorrow!