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Monday, September 14, 2015

The things we do



First the good news. Dad's making huge improvements and will be coming home later today. Thanks for all your prayers.

A bit more about our trip southward. We did hit some amazing storms. In NY is was raining so hard I totally missed my exit and all the signs before it. There's a great NY diner off the highway that we always stop at. Good thing my lovely wife as able to figure out that I missed it and navigated us to it on back roads. While taking a break at the diner I realized how beat I was from all that high stress driving. During dinner we figured out that finding a hotel for the night was all for the best.

While it was the right thing to do, I didn't want to do it. In general, hotel prices tend to get a bit more reasonable further south. Land taxes up north are so high they have little choice but to charge a lot. It also cost an additional $50 for the dog. As expensive as the room was, it beat dying in a crash on the highway.

The next day I took advantage of a pretty decent weather window and drove pretty much straight through to central Florida. My lovely wife did some of the driving so I got to nap now and then.

This photo is after about 1500 miles in the road.


This trip I saw both Rt 95 and Rt. 75 completely blocked by wrecked tractor trailer trucks. The one on 95 was burning with big plumes of acrid smoke. On 75 in Florida a rig got caught in the heavy winds from the thunderstorms and was blow right off the road. It landed sideways in the median strip. Impressive.

The good news is that even heavily loaded, the little car ran well. We are packed for a whole variety of contingencies.

-Sixbears

21 comments:

  1. Great news about your dad.

    First date with Hubby; he was late. His trailer was empty, the wind caught it; whipped him around and into the ditch. The good news was by some miracle he kept his rig on its wheels. The tow-truck just had to pull him back up on the road.

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    1. He lucked out, but I bet there was some skill involved too!

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  2. Great to hear your dad is doing so much better. And that he's coming home. At home he will do even better I bet.

    You had quite an exciting trip down it sounds like.

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    1. I'm happy that I'm in a position to be able to help out.

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  3. Glad to hear your dad is better.
    Seems like traveling today is more stressful and dangerous than ever.

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    1. The roads are weird out there. I've been traveling for years and either it's getting worse or I'm just getting older and cranky.

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  4. Somebody is looking out for you.

    So sorry to hear about your Dad, some good news he is coming home.

    It is a very rare person who can just up and leave for months at a time on a moments notice. Another blessing that you could do that to be with your Dad.

    Sounds like your wife is a good co pilot too!
    That is a huge asset right there, my wife has zero sense of direction sometimes.

    My best to you all and I know there is no shortage of sailboats you can window shop down there.
    ;)

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    1. I am blessed that I can run my life from on the road. It's much easier now that so much can be done over the Internet.

      Already looking at boats on the local Craigslist.

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  5. Blessings and prayers to you and yours. God definitely had in mind for you to make it to Florida, and He is watching over y'all now ... Peace

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  6. Relieved your Dad is coming home today. All your preps have paid off. Very few people could close down their house on a moments notice!

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    1. I'm fortunate to be in such a position to be able to do that.

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  7. We're really glad to hear Dad's back home and your trip was safe.
    Now go look for a Florida boat to take back! :-)

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  8. Glad you stopped when you did! Much love and we'll see you in 2.5 weeks.

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    1. Looking forward to seeing you guys. Much love!

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  9. My prayers are with you all but I don't see how you will tow a boat back with that little scooter. Glad you made it. Thanks for posting.

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  10. My prayers are with you all but I don't see how you will tow a boat back with that little scooter. Glad you made it. Thanks for posting.

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    1. I'm thinking of maybe buying a boat to keep down here. It can be a pain to haul a boat over the road.

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