Published: March 23rd 2012March 23rd 2012
Driving Home – Wed & Thurs – March 21th
The vacation officially is ending with a 2-day drive back home. We had a last breakfast with a few of the early risers in the Embassy Suites (eggs to order, omelets, fruit, juice, milk/tea, etc). We had virtually everything packed the night before, and we put the final few things in the last bag Wednesday morning. We were able to get a luggage trolley and took all the bags down to the car, got everything loaded, and on the road by 8:15. It was a little disappointing to see the end of our vacation, but we are eager to get back home.
The drive was fine on Wednesday with good weather and no problems with traffic. The entire route is basically interstate highways, so we made good time. We got to our hotel (just south of Atlanta) about 5:30. We had reservations at a Drury Inn and found it without any problem. The app on Janet’s phone does a good job of navigating. We got there in plenty of time for their Kickback Reception, so we had a dinner without having to go anywhere to look for it. Then we settled in and rested up for the rest of the evening.
David was planning to get us up early so we would get through/around Atlanta before the traffic was too bad. We ate the Drury Breakfast and were on the road by 7:15. Unfortunately there were still lots of people already on the road, so it took about an hour to get to the north side of Atlanta.
The weather was not as good on Thursday. The first part was cloudy but uneventful, but we ran into intermittent rain showers (some heavy) from mid Tennessee, all the way through Kentucky and Illinois. David has been stopping at the Welcome Center in each state and collecting maps and some brochures. Who knows – maybe someday we will be traveling those roads again.
There have been several big advantages to driving instead of flying, which we want to list here:
We were able to bring lots of things which would have far exceeded reasonable airplane luggage constraints. So we had Caribbean clothes and then baseball clothes, and no shortage of either.We really enjoyed stopping to visit friends (Sam and Marcie) during our drive south. We waved when we zipped past their exit on the way home, but did not stop to visit again. But if we flew, we would not have had the earlier chance to visit.Since we brought so much stuff, the car’s truck made a very convenient storage locker for the Florida clothes while we were cruising. It would have been a probably trying to take everything on the ship if we didn’t have the car.And of course, it was a real convenience to have the car for the couple of days between the cruise and baseball. It also gave us flexibility to do more in Florida when we weren’t attending a game with the group.
We drove a total of 2,645 miles, but we are sure it was the right choice for us.
This is the end of our trip, but we have another cruise planned in late September. So keep your eye on the mail and watch for a note with a link to the next blog. In the meantime, we hope you have enjoyed reading about this trip.