So, I’m going to try to chronicle our vacation to Florida on a daily basis. But, to avoid publicly announcing online that our house is empty and available for robbing I’m not actually going to post these until we get home.
The alarm went off this morning at 4:00am as planned and we were out of bed shortly after that. We got the kids up at 4:30 with almost no complaining and they were quickly ready to roll out. With the car packed we hit McDonald’s before getting on the highway. 5:22 saw us pull out of McDonald’s onto the highway and moving towards our destination. We made it to the border almost exactly two hours later and crossed with no issues. There was a stop at a rest area in Ohio somewhere and then we stopped for lunch at a Ponderosa Steakhouse in Florence, KY. There were also a couple other rest stop stops since one of us, who shall remain nameless (but rhymes with Icky), has a bladder the size of a pea. A baby pea. Supper saw us pull off the highway in Dalton, GA (every time I type, read, or say “Dalton” I think of Roadhouse) and the kids chose Pizza Hut. Our server, Mason, had the typical Georgian drawl. (Oh, I should mention – our server in Kentucky also had the cutest accent as well complete with the “y’all” – LOVED IT!!!) Got back on the road with the plan to drive just south of Atlanta and stop for the night. So here we are in McDonough, GA at a Howard Johnson just off the highway in an apparent bedbug-free room (I checked. Thouroughly.) We got here right at 9 o’clock.
Traffic was smooth flowing the entire run. We had torrential rain pretty much the entire way through Tennessee and some of Georgia. There was the usual traffic through Atlanta but nothing that wasn’t manageable. There was one accident we saw in the northbound lanes of I-75 in Tennessee that appeared to be a single car. The back window was broken out so I figure it either rolled or was shot out. They had the highway closed and were routing people off which resulted in a rather lengthy (at least 2 or 3 miles I would guess) traffic jam in the NB lanes.
We stopped at the welcome station just inside the TN border and thanks to the rain holding off at that point I was able to grab some great shots that show why they’re called The Smoky Mountains. I haven’t copied them off the camera yet and I’m writing this on the iPad so I’ll have to add the pictures at a later date.
Okay, that’s it for the night. Morning will come early. Hoping to get to Melbourne, FL around 2 or so.