There was another half inch of snow last night, adding to the considerable accumulation that has piled up outside our Michigan home. We got hit with about six inches last weekend, then an inch or two on the following few nights. But this morning, I didn't care.
We were outta there.
By Findlay Ohio headed south on I-75, the snow was gone. There was a little still melting off the roof of the Roadtrek but as far as snow covering the ground, nada. The sun is out. The temperature is climbing and, 160 miles or so into our journey, we feel free.
It's a temporary respite, to be sure. We need to head north in a few weeks and eventually make our way to Duluth, MN and a 200 mile dogsled race that will test our winter camping skills. But now, now we're headed south. For sure to Southwest Georgia and our son's house for our annual post holiday visit. Then, maybe Florida. Maybe not, depending on how we feel.
But we are leaving escape from the snow for a few days.
The Wi-Fi network is up and running, thanks to Verizon's excellent Mi-Fi 4g connectivity. Tai is back on the rear bed, watching the brown landscape go by. I'm blogging, Jennifer is driving and as soon as I finish this post, I think I'll go keep Tai company for an early afternoon nap.
We have no idea where we'll stay tonight. Maybe a parking lot at a Walmart or Cracker Barrel someplace. Maybe, a campground, if we find one still open this time of year down Tennessee way.
We take turn driving and stop when we feel like it. We've worked out a good driving rhythm. About 150 miles a shift. When we swicth, we walk around a bit.
We just ate leftover Christmas Eve turkey sandwiches for lunch. I promised Jennifer a restaurant meal for dinner tonight.
Why do we like driving this thing so much?
Freedom? The adventure of not knowing what we will find down the road that might make a story? The coziness of this little touring coach? Togetherness? Probably all of the above. But enjoy it we do, especially when we can escape the cold and snow.
A car just passed us. The people in it read the little sign we have on the back of the Roadtrek inviting people to follow our adventure on the blog. They honked their horn and gave us smiling thumbs u as they drive past.
There are a lot of RVs on the road. We're mostly seeing big Fifth Wheels today and a few Type A motorhomes. Snow birds, probably, folks going to Florida to park and sit till spring. Folks who celebrated Christmas with loved ones back home and are now rushing to the warmth.
Oh oh. A flashing sign on the side of the interstate near exit 102 says that there is construction ahead and to expect long delays in only one lane for 10 miles.
Sure enough, by exit 99, traffic has come to a dead stop.
And that's where we are. “Aren't you glad you're not driving?” asks Jennifer.
I am. I don't do well in stop and go traffic.
But today, I'm pretty mellow. We're leaving the cold and snow behind.
We can take stop and go for a while, especially if Jennifer is driving.
Think I'll go back and take a nap now.
UPDATE: That traffic jam on I-75 was a doozy. It took two hours to go about 12 miles.