Dec 22 2008
First of all, I’m getting my day count back on track. Somehow I didn’t count the day we left as a “day,” even though it involved a five-hour drive. So I’m skipping ahead and claiming that today is our fifth day on the road. Once again, we had a change of plans. Since we’ve been so successful at outrunning the weather, we decided to try to outrun a stomach bug and said goodbye to family a few days early. (Remember, though, that we arrived early as well, and we’ll be back again on our way home.) Today we learned two things:
- A four-lane road doesn’t necessarily mean it’s going to be a fast route. It can be narrow and full of traffic, even if it looks on the map like it’s just going through a small town.
- It’s very hard to see mountains on a map. What would be a gentle curve on a Minnesota map
In learning our lesson, we saw some beautiful scenery, though, and drove part of the Lincoln Highway. If we’d have stayed on the Interstate, we would have missed the mountainous twists and turns. (Side note: was Mr. Rogers from Pennsylvania? We passed a Fred Rogers Road or Lane along the way.) We got a late start because of our change in plans, and then found not one, but three “S”-bridges in Ohio, including one that we could drive across, so by the time we got to Pennsylvania it was later than we expected. Added to the lessons learned above, we skipped Gravity Hill and jumped off the Lincoln Highway back onto the turnpike in the interest of saving time. Besides, it’s hard to see much scenery in the dark. The kids like going through the mountain tunnels, and Hubby’s excited to be in territory where he’s never been before. With a few extra days in Pennsylvania, we’ve got a few more tricks up our sleeves. Stay tuned!
Next: Day 6