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I mentioned earlier how I picked up my grandpa or at least part of him during my road trip last week. Here’s a bit more to that story. See, my grandfather on my mother’s side, Papa Bub, passed away almost two years ago. He did so down in North Carolina. Shortly thereafter he was cremated. The ashes remained down south for some time and were recently picked up by my Aunt. Some of the ashes were set aside in a smaller receptacle for my Mom. Since I was passing through, I was assigned the task of bringing Papa Bub back home.
And just like that it was over. Monica and I got back from our week plus long road trip across several states along the east coast. There wasn’t a wedding in Georgia, but there were friends, sweet tea and good times. Monica was introduced to a few more members of my extended family and I picked up a leather jacket inheritance and part of my grandfather (more on that later) in Raleigh. I was sunburned, but not nearly as bad as previous burns in Virginia Beach. I met someone from the Internet who wasn’t crazy and/or a serial killer and saw the sites in DC. And then finally I had a cheesesteak in Philadelphia. Not a bad few days. I have to admit though that I checked my work email a couple times. I wasn’t able to do much though.
I did learn a bit along this trip. For example, I did a good job planning out for food during the trip, but I didn’t think too much about what to do about food once we arrived at our destination. Aside from the hotels, food became our biggest expense, aside from maybe gas. It wasn’t too bad because that was offset by some of the activities we did. Parking was the only bill we had while in Virginia Beach and the museums and attractions we saw along the way were free.
It wouldn’t be a vacation if I didn’t get some sunburn. Monica and I spent the day at Virginia Beach yesterday and despite putting on ample amounts of sunblock and moving repeatedly along with attempting to stay under the umbrella, I was still burnt. It looks like my nose, shoulders, back and knees are burnt. Oh, and also my left wrist where I usually wear a watch. The burns aren’t too bad though. They’re nothing compared to the time we went to Cape Cod and I basically set fire to my skin a few years ago. These will be OK.
The painful part is my feet. See, part way through the day I had to go to the bathroom. I had already peed in the ocean (please, like you haven’t) but this time I didn’t feel like going in the water. So I got up and walked to the bathrooms that were a ways away off the beach…without my sandals. I figured it would be a quick trip. Then I burnt my feet. It hurt like crazy and I felt some blisters coming from my walk all the way to the restroom. (I also realized that it was a horrible idea to enter a men’s room barefoot, but that’s a story for another day.) Fortunately I woke up today and my feet aren’t too bad. They hurt a little bit, but not enough to hinder my walking through DC later today.
Well, we made it. After a total of about 15 hours in the car, Monica and I made it into Georgia. We got here around 8 last night and checked into the Country Hearth Inn in Union City. After getting settled (and updating Twitter and BrightKite, as well as uploading the above video), Dave & Jess came by and we went out to eat. It was very fun. It’s evenings like those that make me hate the fact that we have great friends like them that we have a great time with but they live so far away. We run into the same problem when we want to hang out with Dara & Tim or a few of the other couples we’re friends with. Fortunately they’re at least in New York, but still.
Anyway, the trip down went surprisingly well. A few years ago, we had driven to Cape Cod which was about a four hour trip which I drove the entire way. By the end of that drive we were ready to kill each other. Not so much this time. We had a little argument when we first got going on Thursday, but since then it’s been smooth sailing. So much so that we’re on the same wavelength about some stuff. For example, as we crossed the border into South Carolina, among the many many billboards for fireworks warehouses, we saw a billboard for Wendy’s. I saw that and thought “I could really go for a Frosty or some form of ice cream right about now.” Then about two seconds later, Monica says “Hey, do you want to get some ice cream?” I love this girl.
We have the wedding party thing today and more hanging out with Dave & Jess. Then tomorrow morning we’re off to Raleigh, NC to continue our road trip.
The road trip is upon us. This time tomorrow I’ll be on the road driving south towards Georgia. No, I don’t have a soul to steal, nor do I have a fiddle to play. Monica and I will be alternating as drivers so I’m hoping it will be an easy commute. I’m bringing my laptop and camera along with me, so expect plenty of updates. Twitter will be the best bet to find out where I am and what I’m doing over the next week, but I’m going to try to update BrightKite as well as the blog as we make our way down and back. Who knows? I might even make a couple of vlogs too! Excitement!
I think I need a handkerchief to tie around my head and then rock some “Born to Be Wild” as our trip begins.
So Monica and I were invited to a wedding…or two weddings actually, down south. My friends from high school, Jess and Dave are getting married…again. See, they got married like a year ago, but they did it on their lunch break much to the dismay of their parents. So they’re throwing some real weddings this year and they invited us as guests. We can’t get to the first wedding or the “boring” one as they called it because it’s in late June and we just can’t work it out in our schedule. Monica and I can however make it to the “fun” wedding which is on the fourth of July. According to them it’s basically going to be a kegger in the back yard in Georgia. Yee-haw mother fuckers.
We were originally planning on taking off the week before the wedding and driving down to hit a bunch of places. Yes, we’re planning on driving. Why fly when we’d just go down there for the weekend and it would still be a bunch of money? This way we’d do a real road trip and stop at some touristy places along the way. Monica couldn’t take that week off though and things looked dire. Fortunately, she could take the following week off. So now the plan is that we’re going to drive (relatively) straight down to Georgia, getting there the night before the wedding. Then on the way back we’ll hit a few places. Here’s our tentative itinerary:
July 2nd – Head out that night. Drive for 5 or so hours.
July 3rd – Drive a bunch more and get to Georgia.
July 4th – Party.
July 5th – Head over to Raleigh, NC to visit some of my family
July 6th – More time with family.
July 7th – Head out to Virginia Beach, lay in the sun. I’ll burn accordingly.
July 8th – I’ll apply large quantities of sunscreen and not touch anything at the beach.
July 9th – Head over to DC and do some touristy things. Hang out with Obama.
July 10th – More DC. Hang out with Stewie and probably hit up some museums.
July 11th – Head through Philly, visit Kara and Finn and then maybe return home.
July 12th – Unpack and relax.
And then back to work on the 13th. That’s the general plan (I think). We still have a few details to work out, like hotels and what places we want to see in each city, but I’m looking forward to it. We’re going to alternate driving and we’ve got a GPS so we should be OK. Plus we’re taking my car which is in pretty good shape. I’ll try and blog on the way too so I’ll keep things updated here as we trek into the south.