Saturday, April 12, 2008

Day One Indianapolis to Miami OR The Longest Drive Ever. Part one!?!

On Thursday, I had the day off, so I got us all packed up, got the house clean and everything packed in the car. We had:

One big suitcase full of clothes
One smaller suitcase filled with shampoo, razors, etc and books. Too many books
One garment bag with the hubby's nice clothes
One large pink bag full of shoes
Our laptop bag with computer and cables for every electronic device in the world My racing bag of doom with scanner etc
Jason's camera bag with camera and stuff
A cooler filled with drinks and sandwiches
Bags of chips and snacks for the car

I just hoped that we weren't over our 200 pounds per person limit. I like to have options of what to wear when traveling and so does Jason. I had prepared for the trip's reading opportunities by checking out waaay too many books for each of us. I had also selected 2 audiobooks for the trip. Brother Odd by Dean Koontz and Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins. Those being in their own bag, I had a solid 50 lbs worth of books in the one suitcase. I'd saved one out for the car, Poltergeist by Kat Richardson. I really promise this whole thing won't be about books, but I really love sitting on the beach and reading, or just sitting anywhere and reading. I really get time to read for fun on a vacation.

So, all of the books (and everything else) were packed and I'd managed to heft the suitcases into the car. Jason got home and we were on our way.

We didn't even make it out of Indiana before we were hungry. Okay, so we left around 6 after not eating all day, so we had every right to be hungry. We stopped a a cracker barrel, because everything's better at the barrel. Well fed, we were on our real way. We made it through Indiana, and part of Kentucky when it became my turn to drive. I put in Gregor the Overlander.

The book is about 2 kids, a boy and his baby sister, that fall through a chute in their laundry room to the underland, a place inhabited by giant roaches, rats and bats, as well as a humanoid species that Gregor and Boots fall in with. We soon learn that Gregor's arrival has been foretold in a prophecy and that he has a mission. Much adventure follows and it was a good book. I think Jason liked it even more than I did. The narration was entertaining and the length was right for that part of the trip. It ended just as we needed to pay attention again. That being after we crossed Tennessee, and Georgia, and were in Florida, looking for our first stop...

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