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Back in vehicle jail...

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

I used to have this really fit friend. She taught aerobics at the Y. We took a trip together relatively regularly. She could NOT sit in a car for very long without getting fidgity and uncomfortable. I did not get it then... I'd been "trained" by the way my dad traveled!

Guess what? I'm her now!

I was on the road before 6 Eastern time. Stopped several times to walk around a rest area, fuel up, bathroom break, or get more coffee. By 2 p.m., when the sign at the side of the road pointed to Gulf Islands National Coast? Yep, Dexter was tired of my whining and headed straight for the exit. We ended up at Pensacola Beach. A kindly gent, walking in the surf, volunteered to snap my picture to prove I was there. As with all the photos from this trip, it will have to wait until I get home to show up here.

Speaking of home, as soon as I got off the beach, I decided I've got what I needed from this trip, and I'd like Scotty to beam me up. Unfortunately, I drove. So... I told the GPS to take me home... and it proceeded to drag me through Alabama and into Mississippi on the way. For a bit there, it was pretty well off the beaten track, but fortunately it came out at a point that was good for a stop. After a good night's sleep, I'll see how far I get tomorrow.

In the end, I'm grateful the weather has been so good for this trip. And while I may whine a bit about vehicle jail, I think I'm learning the ropes of the exercise yard available. And healthy choices for food? I packed a car full, and have been using it.

  
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_LINDA 11/23/2012 7:08AM

    I loved the road trips I got to be on as Mom was interested in site seeing and looking at attractions of the area we were going through so many stops was the norm, but I am afraid a carful of healthy snacks was not the norm -had all my favorite salty snacks :P It is nice to see what our countries have to offer which you miss when you fly over them.
More proof that your healthy life style choices are here to remain!!

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BOILHAM 11/22/2012 8:56AM

    Thanks for the blog. It makes me want to jump in the RV and head out for the open road. I love road trips.

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MOBYCARP 11/21/2012 7:22PM

    Now you're scaring me for the next time I drive to Nebraska. Not that I'll let that stop me, the next time all our schedules work out; but I'll have to deal with the stuff you're dealing with now.

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LJCANNON 11/21/2012 7:05PM

    emoticon I am glad that you are taking breaks and staying Safe & Alert. You and Dexter are a Wonderful Team!!

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IRONBLOSSOM 11/21/2012 1:49PM

    I definitely know how you feel! I did a long trip once from California to Indiana via Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota, etc... I was going to go up to Michigan too but after South Dakota I was so ready to be out of the car that I just turned right and BOMBED down the freeway to get home! :-) I actually still regret that I cut the trip short as I never know when I'll do something like that again, so ENJOY every second of it!

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MIRAGE727 11/21/2012 8:01AM

    We can totally relate since last Christmas we did the road trip from Dunedin, Fl to Lincoln, Ne by way of New Orleans, my original home town! 1800 miles one way and we always stopped for the night. Continue to be safe and have a healthy happy trip!
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DEBRA0818 11/21/2012 6:58AM

    So GLAD you go another trip to the beach for your birthday even if it means cutting out other scenery you might have seen. Not being able to drive on freeways, I am in AWE of your ability to drive down to the tip of Florida and back to Nebraska solo and in SUPER AWE that your car is packed full of healthy fruits,vegetables and water as road trips have always been an excuse to go Full Junk Food for me. What a great example of healthy living you are!

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LEANJEAN6 11/21/2012 6:38AM

    OMG Barb!! Drive very carefully!!! --I will be happy to hear that you are home! You are one brave girl to set out alone!---Whatta role model you are!!!---Lynda emoticon

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OVERWORKEDJANET 11/21/2012 5:37AM

    emoticon Enjoy every moment on the highway...no matter how flat your bottom gets

If I could spend my life driving through every state and looking at all the variety this country has to offer I would be a very happy woman.

I also make sure I get out of the car every 2 hours and run/skip/jog to get my blood moving again. 10 minutes up and down small trails, beaches riversides is just enough. Jogging in parking lots plainly amuses some folks!

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KARIDIAN1 11/21/2012 12:26AM

    I like to travel by car and loved the motorhome when we had it. Would get out and walk around to stretch and limber up when we would stop. We used to have a touring style motorcycle and felt the need to take a break and stretch about every hour or so.

Looking forward the the photos. Scotty hasn't been born yet so you have to go the old fashioned way and drive Dexter. Wouldn't a transporter be great?



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ANDI571 11/20/2012 11:27PM

    emoticon I used to love to travel and keep the roads hot. I can remember 12 to 16 hour days when we were young. Now it's like where is the closet place to go so we can just sit and relax. I still will never foget traveling throuh our beautiful country. Traveling by car will always be my favorite. We live in a beautiful country that's for sure.

Stay safe!

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DLDMIL 11/20/2012 11:22PM

    Drive safe and can't wait to see your pictures. emoticon

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DALID414 11/20/2012 11:10PM

    Can't wait for all the photos!!

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SONGBUDDHA 11/20/2012 11:09PM

    I have gotten really good at walking and jogging around rest stops. Not pretty, not fantastic, but very necessary and functional!
have a safe trip home.
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MNTWINSGAL 11/20/2012 10:53PM

    You are having a great road trip and making some wonderful memories. Drive safely!

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The softer side of the Florida pilgrimage

Monday, November 19, 2012

It's November, nearing Thanksgiving, and what better time to work "pilgrim" into a blog? OK, tongue in cheek, but as I drove South (farther from home and turkey dinner potential) this morning, it was something I needed to do... like a pilgrimage.

You see I started reading blogs by this amazing woman two Sparknames back. She seems to have wormed her way inside my mind, already. Like me, she blogs to keep herself motivated. So, since I was in Florida anyway, I drove on down to meet Debra0818, 3 hours further down the road.

It was the perfect thing to do. We sat and chatted like the friends we have become through blogging, filling in the blanks that don't always make it into writing. And I got to hold and pet Edison, and get my doggie-fix. I've been pursuing canines all trip long, this one was ready to jump in my lap and make himself at home. If you've been over to Debra's blog you've already seen the snapshot.

I'll have another to add when I get home. Debra snapped one of me with my jeans rolled up and my shoes off, with MY camera. Feet in the gulf on a beach near where she lives. It was the perfect day, neither too hot nor too cold. And watching those perfect waves lapping in... well, remember I live over a thousand miles from a coast. This truly was soul-filling.

Between meeting so many committed Sparkers and hugging a cousin I hadn't seen in person in 22 years... and touring the Dali art museum (Marsha and I took that in the day before the race), this Spark "notion" (see, MsLizzy, I WAS paying attention) of going to do this one half marathon has multiplied into a great vacation.

Seeing and appreciating people is something we all need. Which brings me to the homing instinct... my kid sis is hosting a Thanksgiving meal. I might make it back if I drive long days tomorrow and the next day. But... not at the risk of driving drowsy. So I'm now in for the night, and decisions about route (scenic versus quick) will wait for tomorrow.

  
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SUNNY332 11/21/2012 10:29PM

    You sure are having a great time and I am so happy for you.

Enjoy the drive home.

Sunny

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LESLIELENORE 11/20/2012 6:28PM

    Have a great Thanksgiving whatever choice you make!

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KRICKET57 11/20/2012 2:18PM

    Sounds like you are having a great trip! Enjoy Thanksgiving wherever you are!


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SLENDERELLA61 11/20/2012 11:43AM

    Barb, so glad you had a great time with your SparkFriend in Naples. Hoping you make that turkey dinner in an upright position, smile on your face and wanting to drive to Florida again!!! This year I'm grateful for so many things, but getting to know you has been one of my greatest joys!!

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LINDAKAY228 11/20/2012 11:19AM

    So glad you got that chance to go and meet her in person! It is so fun when I get to meet my spark friends. It doesn't happen often but we truly connect. Glad you are having such an awesome trip!

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WATERMELLEN 11/20/2012 7:28AM

    Loved Debra's blog and pics, and so glad you turned this pilgrimmage into a vacation for the soul as well as the body!

Safe drive home, now!

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BD3269PM 11/20/2012 6:53AM

    Great trip! and I hope you make it to celebrate Thanksgiving with your sister emoticon

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DEBRITA01 11/20/2012 6:46AM

    emoticon to good memories and good times!

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LEANJEAN6 11/20/2012 6:42AM

    Oh Barb! I am so envious that Debra met yu!--Lucky her! --Drive safe girl!!-----I am thinking of yu--Lynda emoticon

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_LINDA 11/20/2012 1:12AM

    Wow! What a great ending to your race -wonderful planning to meet everyone along the way! I will bet those tired feet enoyed that dip in the ocean. Something I am having a little trouble imagining with snow and ice on the ground :P.
Do have a safe journey back, pull over for a nap if you feel tired at all.
Have a Totally Terrific Tuesday!

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DEBRA0818 11/20/2012 12:14AM

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ANDI571 11/19/2012 11:35PM

    What great memories you have made this trip. Drive safe no matter what you decide.
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MNTWINSGAL 11/19/2012 10:23PM

    Sounds like a great and memorable adventure. Do drive safely!

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KARIDIAN1 11/19/2012 10:18PM

    What a fun cap to your trip- seeing another SP. Relax and enjoy the drive home and be safe.

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1CRAZYDOG 11/19/2012 9:55PM

  Glad you've had such a marvelous trip! Just drive safely, no matter what route you take!

HUGS

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MSLZZY 11/19/2012 9:32PM

    I have a "notion" that you will be home, safe and
sound, to enjoy that very special Thanksgiving
meal with your son! You've had quite an adventure
and made wonderful memories. Hugs!

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DLDMIL 11/19/2012 9:30PM

    What a great vacation. emoticon

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For those of you waiting for a photo / half blog...

Sunday, November 18, 2012

First off, I'm going to point you to an incredibly supportive Spark friend who came and took photos of our race / event this morning. www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
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Monty (Mirage727) and his wife Darren (DSSecrets) came out just to watch, cheer, and Spark us on. We share a Husker Fan perspective, so there is a connection there, but we actually found each other blogging here on Spark. We had a collection of Super Stars between the cheering section and the running buddies.

It was a cool, humid morning, overcast here in St. Petersburg. We were pumped and up by 4:30 a.m. to get the couple of blocks to the start from the hotel. We connected via cell phone before we dropped off the gear bags. We RAN the PLAN. I was SO proud of us.

We both finished with these HUGE grins on our faces, and it was just over the top that we also both established personal bests for the HM distance (13.1 miles, in case anyone doesn't have that drilled into their brains by prior blogs).

I can't tell you how satisfying it is to have a plan come to fruition like this, but YOU, my fellow Sparkers, already know. It has been a great trip so far, and as predicted, I'm totally ruined for the upcoming Nebraska winter.

I successfully ran away from home. emoticon

  
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LINDAKAY228 11/20/2012 11:18AM

    How wonderful for you and congratulations on your success and having someone running with you! And such a great friend to take the pictures and post the blog is awesome!

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DAWN14163 11/19/2012 3:03PM

    What fantastic medals!!! Great photos, you both looked to be really enjoying yourselves. Congratulations again.
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ANDI571 11/19/2012 2:57PM

    emoticon I am so excited for you. Job well done my friend.

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LESLIELENORE 11/19/2012 11:50AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon How inspiring! I am very impressed.

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OVERWORKEDJANET 11/19/2012 5:30AM

    Well done. Enjoy the Florida sun for a few moments before treking home.
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KRISZTA11 11/19/2012 2:53AM

    Congrats to both of you,
and thanks for sharing the link to pictures! You two look great, strong and happy!
Real inspiration...
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MIRAGE727 11/18/2012 10:16PM

    As mentioned to Martha, thank you for the opportunity! D & I had a wonderful time. In spite of the fact that we didn't do this race, (We did clock some good walking miles!)
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This was so much fun! I can't say enough about meeting you and Marsha! We will get 2013's bling for this race!
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BFFs 4Ever!
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ANOTHERMOMOF2 11/18/2012 9:27PM

    Congratulations!

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1CRAZYDOG 11/18/2012 8:57PM

  Congratulations!!!!!! emoticon emoticon

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MOBYCARP 11/18/2012 8:44PM

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Now you make me want to do a half marathon. Did you mention sibling rivalry some time or other? emoticon

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DEBRITA01 11/18/2012 8:41PM

    emoticon You ran away from home ...and in good company. Congrats to you both...awesome job! emoticon

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MJREIMERS 11/18/2012 8:09PM

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You should be so proud of yourself! It is great that you had support when you "ran away." Congrats!!!!

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DLDMIL 11/18/2012 7:53PM

    I read Mirage727 blog and he took some cool pictures. emoticon emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 11/18/2012 6:47PM

    Love love love the pictures . . . what a great community here at SP. Huge congratulations to you and Marsha for planning and carrying out your plan. You have to be totally delighted with your accomplishments!

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ROXYZMOM 11/18/2012 6:41PM

    You guys were too cute - smiling in every picture! I loved looking at all the pictures and reading about your adventure. Thank you!

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KARIDIAN1 11/18/2012 6:28PM

    Checked out the photos and you both looked and did great. Looks like you had a great time and now have added more bling to your medal collection.

Have a safe trip home.

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DEBRA0818 11/18/2012 6:17PM

    Running away from home never sounded so good!!! Great pics of you and your fellow runners from the link you posted. What a great day!

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_LINDA 11/18/2012 6:00PM

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You. Are. So. Amazing!!

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DALID414 11/18/2012 5:35PM

    Awesome job!!

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MDOTZERO 11/18/2012 5:33PM

    Congratulations!! You gals did great!!!

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SHARON10002 11/18/2012 5:05PM

    Wonderful blog with pictures! I knew you'd beat your previous personal best! WOOT!
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SUNNY332 11/18/2012 5:02PM

    You officially "ran away from home". Too funny.

I went to the blog and it was great. Loved seeing the photos of you and Marsha and getting your race medals from the soldiers. Awesome!

Thanks so much for being such a powerful inspiration.

Sunny

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SUSANNAH31 11/18/2012 4:57PM

    The photos are great - and show just how much fun you all had!
Congratulations!!

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Out of the vehicle jail...

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Got to St. Pete relatively early yesterday, which gave me time to walk around. Yes!

My running buddy got here in time to check in for the Half Marathon last night, which gives us today to do some "fun" stuff before tomorrow's main event. Healthy fun, Spark friends, no worries, we aren't going to let the program run off the rails at the last minute.

Observations: meeting on line and later in person? You've got a head start on the "getting to know you"... you are way into follow up questions and comparisons and you can just continue where you left off in the last blog / message board.

Once again... if you can meet your fellow sparkers face to face... go for it!

  
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LJCANNON 11/17/2012 8:33PM

    emoticon I had No Worry that your Fitness Train would go off the track. You have worked too hard for too long, and Fitness has become your "Normal".
emoticon I hope you can hear all of us cheering you Girls on Tomorrow!!!

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ANDI571 11/17/2012 8:09PM

    I have had the pleasure of meeting two Sparkers now. I love it. Good luck tomorrow and have a great time.

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SLENDERELLA61 11/17/2012 7:45PM

    You are so right, Barb!! You are in person just as positive and determined and healthy as you are online. This is so great!! -Marsha

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KARIDIAN1 11/17/2012 7:36PM

    What fun to meet another Sparker. Have fun!

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DALID414 11/17/2012 7:23PM

    Good luck! Have fun!

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MNTWINSGAL 11/17/2012 4:56PM

    I totally agree. Good luck to you both tomorrow!

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WILLOWBROOK5 11/17/2012 2:13PM

    Very neat! Have a great time!

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LESLIELENORE 11/17/2012 9:58AM

    How wonderful. Good luck!

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SUNNY332 11/17/2012 9:34AM

    Today is the day you have been training for and I just know you will do great.

Can't wait to see the next post.

Enjoy your time with your spark friend.

Sunny

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WATERMELLEN 11/17/2012 9:14AM

    So cool to launch right into the middle of the well-established friendship! All best to you both tomorrow!

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ANOTHERMOMOF2 11/17/2012 9:01AM

    Have a fun day!

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1CRAZYDOG 11/17/2012 9:00AM

  glad you made it safe & sound. Good luck! HUGS

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CONCHA77 11/17/2012 8:10AM

    Enjoy! And have a great race. emoticon

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ROXYZMOM 11/17/2012 7:34AM

    Very cool! Enjoy your day together!!

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MSLZZY 11/17/2012 7:32AM

    Have a wonderful day! HUGS!

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DEBRITA01 11/17/2012 6:57AM

    I'm sure for an active person like yourself, being confined to a car was much like a prison. Glad you made it safe and sound...good luck with your race! emoticon

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OVERWORKEDJANET 11/17/2012 6:46AM

    When are you coming to New Jersey?
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DEBRA0818 11/17/2012 6:40AM

    So glad you made it to a place of fun and enjoyment -- good luck with your race tomorrow and in the meantime enjoy your face-to-face!

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SWEDE_SU 11/17/2012 5:59AM

    sounds like fun - enjoy, and have a great race tomorrow!

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Adventures in Travel

Friday, November 16, 2012

Yesterday, while plagued with the panic point related to the low tire pressure light (it went away on its own, and the tires did not LOOK low), and later by road construction (warning Northerners, the South doesn't get the months of November through March off from this plague), was highlighted with some incredible vistas. I remember reading about the Tennessee Valley Authority and how it created lakes in generating power... well, I drove through the passes of Tennessee after Western Kentucky yesterday and it took my breath away.

Also note I now understand my daughter in law laughing at the rivers in Nebraska. I crossed both the Ohio and the Tennessee rivers in the past two days. All I can say is "Impressive". Speaking of being in awe of modern technology, what about the technology that allows us to blithely drive over bridges and not be stopped by mountains? What an achievement in infrastructure!

Oh, and of course, being me, I have to find those little points over which to shake my head and laugh at myself. The body says "I'm OK" as you approach a rest area, then as soon as you pass it, "I need to go!" No wonder MOTHERS go crazy. I was glad I was driving alone, at a few points, because nobody else (except however many Spark buds read my blogs) knows my chagrin!

Downtown Atlanta? We were STOPPED on I-75. I heard on a local radio station that there had been an accident earlier, but what a mess! We were SO stopped, I took a couple of photos through the windshield and felt totally safe doing so. Certainly weren't going anywhere at the time!

So, now I figure I have only about six or seven hour drive today, and I'm waiting for full daylight. It's drizzling, and might burn off shortly. Meantime, you get this little blog. And I'm going out to walk around before I start driving. emoticon

  
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WATERMELLEN 11/17/2012 9:16AM

    What an epic journey! So glad you made time to stretch those legs regularly!

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SHARON10002 11/16/2012 11:49PM

    You did travel through a beautiful part of this country. But I think each part of it has it's own charm. I have a SIL that lives in the middle of Kentucky Bluegrass Country, and my son just moved to Ohio. I drove one of his cars cross country with him in July. I wish we didn't have to be on such a restrictive time schedule because I would have loved to have stopped to explore more. And yes, road construction is a royal pain! We hit a few good spots of that, too.
I'm so glad your tires and you were OK. How nerve wracking to drive in unknown territory when your car is acting up.
Safe travels tomorrow!

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LJCANNON 11/16/2012 11:24PM

    Thanks for taking us with you on your Road Trip! I can't wait to see the Photos.
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KARIDIAN1 11/16/2012 10:13PM

    Glad the tire pressure dealie went away. Ours usually does once they get warm and the air expands.

Drove through Atlanta once, know exactly what you mean about traffic. We were there for the Air Rifle/Pistol Nationals at Wolf Creek where the summer Olympics were held. Great facility, but was getting run down. No $$$ to keep it up.

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ANDI571 11/16/2012 6:27PM

    Where did you cross the Ohio River at? I am about 35 miles from the Ohio River going over into KY from Cincinnati. My towns exit is on I-75. We are right in between Dayton and Cincinnati.

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1CRAZYDOG 11/16/2012 5:33PM

  Glad you're doing the drive safely and taking breaks. Enjoy!!

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MOBYCARP 11/16/2012 5:29PM

    What, you forgot the NY and NJ rivers I'm sure you've seen? More rain, more water, bigger rivers.

The need for rest room breaks and the need to stretch legs on a long road trip has been on my mind as I contemplate future trips out your way. Coming back the last time, as a newbie Sparker, I walked in the evening; but I got less than 8000 steps in two days in a row. That would drive me nuts, now. Oh, well. I'll have to figure it out if I ever want to visit you again.

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DLDMIL 11/16/2012 5:29PM

    AH traffick, it is so much fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LESLIELENORE 11/16/2012 1:35PM

    Here in NY we really have three seasons... Winter, pothole season, and construction season.

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IRONBLOSSOM 11/16/2012 12:26PM

    OH what a lovely drive. I did something similar a few years ago, Indiana to Atlanta and it was so fun. I hear you about rivers though, the Sacramento river is AWESOME but it spreads out into a delta and has multiple channels...when I hit the Mississippi river for the first time I was in total awe. The sun was setting as I drove up and over a bridge and to this day I can picture the scene so clearly.

Atlanta traffic, um yeah, it's insane. My brother used to live there and for a long time he just did without a car, it wasn't worth it! :-)

Have a GREAT trip and take a million pictures!! :-)

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SUNNY332 11/16/2012 11:33AM

    I hate the traffic in Atlanta. The last time we went through there, we were stopped over an hour by an accident too. Yie, yie, yie.

Take care and drive on to your destination safely.

Sunny

BTW - enjoyed the blog written by Dexter. GREAT!

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LKEITHO 11/16/2012 8:42AM

    Sounds like a fascinating road trip. As for the rivers, I would love to see them again. The 'rivers' here are just dry ditches that only get a little water in them after a monsoon storm.

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_LINDA 11/16/2012 8:06AM

    So glad you are getting some fantastic scenery to enjoy on this leg of the journey. We have the usual three seasons here in Saskatoon, fall, winter and road construction :P Looking forward to the photos!
The need for a pit stop will always be in direct proportion to how far away the next one is -the greater the need, the farther away :P I do miss the road trips Mom and I used to take.
Have a Fantastic Friday!

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LEANJEAN6 11/16/2012 7:58AM

    Oh Barb! Be careful driving!--Yes, I will look for a race---- Wouldn't it be the best to see you??--- emoticon Lynda

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MSLZZY 11/16/2012 7:46AM

    Excellent idea. Stretch those legs often. You need
to be ready for your big day! HUGS!

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ANOTHERMOMOF2 11/16/2012 7:40AM

    I remember driving through Atlanta the other summer. We had the good fortune to be there on a Sunday morning while many were not out on the roads. It was a long drive from Wichita KS to Orlando FL.

Safe travels and have a great day!

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ROXYZMOM 11/16/2012 7:38AM

    What a great adventure you are on! I hope I get a chance to take a road trip like the one you are on some day. It must feel so liberating!
Thanks for sharing your journey - stay safe!

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DEBRA0818 11/16/2012 7:18AM

    What a great big beautiful country we have; nothing confirms that like driving through it. Safe journey to your destination today!

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EBEAMS 11/16/2012 7:06AM

    Oh .... I love KY and TN! So beautiful in such a different way than where I live! I'm feeling joy just reading your words! Be safe!

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