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Back in vehicle jail...

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

I used to have this really fit friend. She taught aerobics at the Y. We took a trip together relatively regularly. She could NOT sit in a car for very long without getting fidgity and uncomfortable. I did not get it then... I'd been "trained" by the way my dad traveled!

Guess what? I'm her now!

I was on the road before 6 Eastern time. Stopped several times to walk around a rest area, fuel up, bathroom break, or get more coffee. By 2 p.m., when the sign at the side of the road pointed to Gulf Islands National Coast? Yep, Dexter was tired of my whining and headed straight for the exit. We ended up at Pensacola Beach. A kindly gent, walking in the surf, volunteered to snap my picture to prove I was there. As with all the photos from this trip, it will have to wait until I get home to show up here.

Speaking of home, as soon as I got off the beach, I decided I've got what I needed from this trip, and I'd like Scotty to beam me up. Unfortunately, I drove. So... I told the GPS to take me home... and it proceeded to drag me through Alabama and into Mississippi on the way. For a bit there, it was pretty well off the beaten track, but fortunately it came out at a point that was good for a stop. After a good night's sleep, I'll see how far I get tomorrow.

In the end, I'm grateful the weather has been so good for this trip. And while I may whine a bit about vehicle jail, I think I'm learning the ropes of the exercise yard available. And healthy choices for food? I packed a car full, and have been using it.
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  • _LINDA
    I loved the road trips I got to be on as Mom was interested in site seeing and looking at attractions of the area we were going through so many stops was the norm, but I am afraid a carful of healthy snacks was not the norm -had all my favorite salty snacks :P It is nice to see what our countries have to offer which you miss when you fly over them.
    More proof that your healthy life style choices are here to remain!!
    1975 days ago
    Thanks for the blog. It makes me want to jump in the RV and head out for the open road. I love road trips.
    1976 days ago
    Now you're scaring me for the next time I drive to Nebraska. Not that I'll let that stop me, the next time all our schedules work out; but I'll have to deal with the stuff you're dealing with now.
    1976 days ago
    emoticon I am glad that you are taking breaks and staying Safe & Alert. You and Dexter are a Wonderful Team!!
    1976 days ago
    I definitely know how you feel! I did a long trip once from California to Indiana via Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota, etc... I was going to go up to Michigan too but after South Dakota I was so ready to be out of the car that I just turned right and BOMBED down the freeway to get home! :-) I actually still regret that I cut the trip short as I never know when I'll do something like that again, so ENJOY every second of it!
    1977 days ago
  • MIRAGE727
    We can totally relate since last Christmas we did the road trip from Dunedin, Fl to Lincoln, Ne by way of New Orleans, my original home town! 1800 miles one way and we always stopped for the night. Continue to be safe and have a healthy happy trip!

    1977 days ago
  • DEBRA0818
    So GLAD you go another trip to the beach for your birthday even if it means cutting out other scenery you might have seen. Not being able to drive on freeways, I am in AWE of your ability to drive down to the tip of Florida and back to Nebraska solo and in SUPER AWE that your car is packed full of healthy fruits,vegetables and water as road trips have always been an excuse to go Full Junk Food for me. What a great example of healthy living you are!

    1977 days ago
    OMG Barb!! Drive very carefully!!! --I will be happy to hear that you are home! You are one brave girl to set out alone!---Whatta role model you are!!!---Lynda emoticon
    1977 days ago
    emoticon Enjoy every moment on the matter how flat your bottom gets

    If I could spend my life driving through every state and looking at all the variety this country has to offer I would be a very happy woman.

    I also make sure I get out of the car every 2 hours and run/skip/jog to get my blood moving again. 10 minutes up and down small trails, beaches riversides is just enough. Jogging in parking lots plainly amuses some folks!
    1977 days ago
    I like to travel by car and loved the motorhome when we had it. Would get out and walk around to stretch and limber up when we would stop. We used to have a touring style motorcycle and felt the need to take a break and stretch about every hour or so.

    Looking forward the the photos. Scotty hasn't been born yet so you have to go the old fashioned way and drive Dexter. Wouldn't a transporter be great?

    1977 days ago
  • ANDI571
    emoticon I used to love to travel and keep the roads hot. I can remember 12 to 16 hour days when we were young. Now it's like where is the closet place to go so we can just sit and relax. I still will never foget traveling throuh our beautiful country. Traveling by car will always be my favorite. We live in a beautiful country that's for sure.

    Stay safe!
    1977 days ago
    Drive safe and can't wait to see your pictures. emoticon
    1977 days ago
  • DALID414
    Can't wait for all the photos!!
    1977 days ago
    I have gotten really good at walking and jogging around rest stops. Not pretty, not fantastic, but very necessary and functional!
    have a safe trip home.
    1977 days ago
    You are having a great road trip and making some wonderful memories. Drive safely!
    1977 days ago
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