Lessons From The Road

Here we are, safe and sound in Clearwater.  During my years with Ralph, I’ve taken man road trips. I love road trips.  I’ve never driven to Florida before.  When Gail decided she’d be going to Florida for an extended period, she wanted me to visit.  I knew that she and her brother Ray would be driving down, I asked it I could come for the ride she was glad to have me and as I say, I love a road trip.

There are rules.  Rule number one on the first day, we make one stop.  ONE stop between New Jersey and South Carolina.  That’s Ray’s rule.  He know exactly which exit and which travel stop he goes to get the best price on gas.  Ok, I’m not hard to get along with, but as you should all know, I’m a person who drinks water…lots of water. 

Tuesday during driving hours, I had about 8 ounces of water.  I was afraid that any more and I would have had to ask for a stop.  By the time we got to the stop, I was dehydrated and couldn’t even go to the bathroom.

When we got to our stop for the night in SC, I drank so much water, I didn’t think I’d get any sleep.  I survived. 

Second rule…Angel is in Charge.  Angel is always in charge.

Angel is a very particular cat.  You might remember her playing the part of my blogging assistant last summer.  She’s a good assistant, but a bit of a demanding travel partner.  She sat in her bed or reclined in her bed and she talked…and she talked…and she TALKED!!  She wanted a lot of pets also which I was glad to supply.  She wouldn’t come to sit on my lap, but she seemed glad to have the pets.

My food choices worked out well.  I loved my hummus sandwiches and I used a little insulated bag I had which kept them nice and cool the whole time.

I got a lot of reading done.  I finished Runner by Thomas Perry and I really enjoyed it.  I love a book with good twists and this had it.  I’m so glad I realized that Perry had written another Jane Whitefield novel.  Great find.

The biggest lesson I learned.  Just because you get to Florida…

It doesn’t mean you’re at your destination.  It takes about 4 hours to get to Clearwater from where you first enter the state.

Another lesson is you have to drink some orange juice fresh squeezed at the Florida Visitor’s center. 

So here we are in Clearwater.  Slept in to catch up on the sleep we lost on the road.  Not sure what the day will hold.   I started a good new book and I hope to do some serious reading today.

Happy Thursday!! 



10 responses to “Lessons From The Road

  1. Glad you got there safely. I had my doubts for a while there.

    Just so you and Gail know, I am adrift in a sea of veggies and am not really sure where to start. Tuesday night I was so overwhelmed when I looked in the frig that I just made a box of Mac & Cheese and opened a can of stringbeans! But I made soup with the spinach last night. Onions, garlic, chicken bullion cubes (I know, sacrilage on a vegetarian blog!!!) pastina then some Locatelli cheese to finish it off. My, oh, my, oh, my!!

    Have a great time and get lots of reading done!

  2. Leo and I have made MANY a rod trip to Florida — I have family all over the place: Clearwater, Dunedin, Cape Coral, Land O’Lakes, Lakeland, Wesley Chapel — but we’ve made way more than one stop on the way. I, too, drink gallons of water, but I think I have the world’s smallest bladder — LOLOL!!! When I fly, I don’t drink anything at all once I get to the airport — I am NOT an airplane lavatory person — have fun during your visit to the Sunshine State — oxo

  3. Clearwater looks beautiful! And the road trip made me laugh – the whole bathroom thing? I totally get it. I won’t drink either! But really, I don’t like to be in the car so I’m more of a let’s get in a plane and get it over with kind of girl.

    Have a fantastic trip!

  4. Weighting For 50

    Yay! Glad you made it to Clearwater safe and sound. OMG, Angel is a carbon copy (if a white cat CAN be a carbon copy) of our Neva. And I’d be cutting down on water consumption on a road trip too. As soon as I know I CAN’T go, I have to. Crazy… Enjoy your time in the warmth.

  5. Wow, Angel must be a good kitty! No carrier or anything!
    The one stop rule does sound intimidating. Glad you made it through.

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