Every year, after months of cold and darkness, and just prior to the first signs of spring, thousands of Canadians suddenly abandon their homes and head south to the Caribbean, Florida, Mexico and so on. And this year, Junior was no exception. Even with what has been a mild winter by any measure, Junior and family found themselves joining the mass migration of Canucks south at Spring Break.
In some moment of sheer lunacy, I determined that it would be a good idea to drive. Perhaps it was the mild shock of air fares, or some crazy idea that it would be ‘fun’, but at any rate by 6am early friday we departed our house and began our two-day journey.
For those of you contemplating the drive, I can attest that the advice of my colleagues and friends has turned out to be quite accurate. You should budget two long days of driving – planning a minimum of twelve hours on the road, factoring in another two or more hours of stretches, meals and pee breaks A couple of colleagues, real pros at this, strongly advised going hard the first day – up to 18 hours(!) such that the second day is easier. No doubt they all have teenage kids who can entertain themselves. Anyone travelling with two small children must invest in a portable CD player. This wonderful invention, I am sure has prevented the untimely demise of an untold number of children.
In the end we opted for a more or less balanced two days of about 12 hours driving each – although due to somewhat inclement weather on the first day, we actually did not accomplish half the distance, stopping just past Roanoke Virginia. Mind you once we joined I77 in North Carolina, we managed to progress at a much faster rate and had we not encountered a traffic accident on I75 near ocala, would probably have made it in to our destination before 715pm. As it was we arrived at 8pm, and collapsed into our beds.