I’m preparing to head out on a tri-cornered road trip.
Realize ALL statements about time and place are highly fluid. I’m “on call” for tech support so at any time can get the dreaded phone call, and be on an airplane back here for emergency response. There is also the chance that The Son will get a phone call about a spousal family member who is ill and likely to pass away at some unknown time, which would cancel one leg of the triangle.
At Present the plan is to arrive in Chicago about Sunday next. That has me leaving here tonight or tomorrow. Monday I then point the car at Knoxville ( I want to drive the Tennessee Valley again ;-) and on to Orlando. After a brief stay in Orlando (and depot of the car with Florida Friend), I fly home.
Spouse has “Dog Duty” during that time, so I figure with 2 dogs and a few guns she’ll be OK ;-) (Her accuracy is greater than mine, BTW).
Why am I doing this?
Well, we’ve had one offer on the house already (didn’t quite come up to a “just do it now!!!” level so going slower and maybe actually going to list it on the market…) and expect to be leaving California in about 2 months, one way or another. I’ll be keeping some kind of “fly in” presence here as I can’t leave a client in the lurch, but that’s TBD. Likely an RV of some sort (we want one for a “See the USA” tour anyway).
So the idea is to position one car in Florida, and that way the spouse (or me) can just “fly in” whenever we feel like it and go house hunting / check out residential hotels / whatever. This will eliminate any further “Hail Mary” cross country drives ( I hope )…
During this time on the road, I’ll be on the tablet using public WiFi. The tablet is a bit painful for typing anything more than a few sentences, so expect my participation / new postings to be terse and sporadic.
Route from here to Chicago is straight down I-80 and 32 drive hours. Likely 2 x 16 hour days. (I could do it as one 32 hour shot, but I’m trying to break that habit ;-) Then from Chicago to Knoxville and on to Orlando as the Google Map plots it.
I’m open for short stops along the way, if anyone is along those routes or near Orlando. Post suggestions in a comment. If it looks good, drop an email to pub 4 all ATSIGN aol DOT com with details and we’ll see what works.
The first segment of the drive is likely to be started at Oh-Dark-Thirty to avoid driving into the rising sun in the mountains. (So something like 2 AM, and then stop for breakfast and a nap at sunrise) with a push on to about Salt Lake City or perhaps a bit further before a longer stop. After that it gets more variable… Likely leaving Chicago Monday Morning also way early. IIRC it’s about 17 hours to Orlando, so either “one and done” or a “car camping in Tennessee” if something really interesting presents itself.
Suggestions for towns to visit places to go along the route are welcome.