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Road Trip 2016 – Day 1

Well, we made it.  First day in the car and the boys (and everyone else) did great.  2016-01-31 09.19.45 HDR-2

We had to finish packing the car.  We packed a dry run about a week ago,
and then again yesterday, to try to make sure everything fit.  Well, not everything did.  As things go, we had a few casualties that we left behind.  In fact, we forgot a few minor things as well.  But all in all, we faired pretty well getting everything in, and everything that was important.

 

 

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You don’t see the Thule that we have on top,  which is also full to the brim.  As some would say, that is not that full.  Which is correct.  I am pretty good at packing a vehicle like “tetris”.  Safety is a priority, so keeping the line of sight clear out the back window was important.  Also to help ensure that a hard stop would not throw heavy items (or ideally any items), over the seat and hit the boys.

 

 

 

The boys

The boys

 

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Sunning at the rest stop

The cats did pretty well. Gimli did amazing.  He does not like being in the crate (last time he wet himself, completely), so he decided to ride in our laps the entire way.  He was one happy camper today!

The second cat, Aragorn, did not fair as well.  He was ok being out for a bit.  But he was a bit restless.  He found a home on top of the jackets in the back and rested for a while.  However halfway through the drive he started creeping into the dog’s space.  The dog got upset that he had nowhere to sit, and Aragorn decided to take his frustration out on the dog.  Hissing and some swatting ensued.  Needless to say, Aragorn went back into the travel crate and was there to stay.  He was a bit happier having his own private space; and space that he had no option to leave.

Another well behaved passenger.

Another well behaved passenger.

One fairly old and happy dog.

One fairly old and happy dog.

 

Storm, the dog, faired ok.  He is pretty old, so we had to stop often to let him pee.  He did well though, all things considered.  He even laid down (after Aragorn gave back his space) for about an hour.  Perhaps tomorrow he will get a bit more used to the routine and sleep part of the trip.  Not that he has to, but it would be easier on him if he didn’t try sitting the entire trip.  Well, that and breathing his stinky breath all over the back of the passenger seat.  There were a lot of complaints about that.

 

One tired Aragorn

One tired Aragorn

 

Each of the pets was “dog” tired.  Except for maybe Gim’s, which slept on the passenger seat pretty much most of the trip.  The other two were more stressed out, which you could imagine.

Weather was nice.  We made good time all things considered (keeping the speed down due to the Thule on the roof, and you know, safety).  We saw some interesting things along the way.

One tired Storm

One tired Storm

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“Falkor – The Luck Dragon” keeping an eye on us

A gas station that is unfamiliar to me

A gas station that is unfamiliar to me

At the border of Ohio

At the border of Ohio

Day 1 Statistics:

Rest Area

Rest Area

Distance: 401.5 miles Duration: 7 hours, 42 minutes, and 32 seconds
Average Speed: 52.1 mph
Minimum Elevation: 236 feet
Maximum Elevation: 2205 feet
Total climb: 15539 feet
Total descent: 14884 feet

 

 

Day 1 Route:

Road Trip 2016 – Getting Ready

We recently sold our house in New York, and getting ready to drive across the country to our new home in the Seattle area.

The boys are excited, mostly.  I don’t think they fully understand the amount of driving we are about to undertake.  I give it about 30 – 45 minutes in and we will start hearing “are we there yet?”.  But that’s ok.  That’s what road trips are about.


Here is a short list of inventory for our trip (there is a lot more).  Keep in mind, we are staying in hotels, not camping 🙂

  • A few suitcases
  • Winter gear: 4 pairs of boots, jackets and gloves
  • 4 sleeping bags
  • 2 pairs of snow chains
  • Emergency bag full of blankets, hand warmers, first aid kit and food
  • Camping stove and fuel, emergency tents and tarps
  • 2 x boys
  • 2 x cats
  • 1 x dog
  • 2 x adults

Did I say this will be an adventure?  Perhaps I forgot to mention that.

…”This will be an adventure”

How this will work

We are going to attempt to record our travels.  Rather than just posting them to facebook or some specialty travel sites (they require their own accounts to view somebodies travels), I just decided to post our escapades to my blog.  This way we can easily post maps, pictures and video in a more controlled manner; while ensuring that friends, family and teachers can access these posts without having to create accounts on other sites.

Some highlights so far:

The map below will continue to get updated as we make our way across the country.  Some pictures and commentary should accompany the map.  For now, you just get to see our starting location:

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