Drove back from Michigan with just me and the dog, as the wife departed mid-trip for a business excursion out west. I think the last time I drove all the way from Michigan to Florida – by myself, in 2 days – was probably sometime in 2005, and needless to say, I didn’t miss it!

Next time Cleo is gonna have to learn how to fly… 😉

(Michigan) It was only about 15 minutes into the drive that I realized I had forgotten to download any new podcasts for the 22-hour journey which was now underway. Damn you, Apple/Verizon, for requiring a wifi connection for downloads over 20 MB – what part of Unlimited Data Plan don’t you understand?!

(Michigan) On the upside, at least it wasn’t snowing.

(Ohio) For some reason I always think of Ohio as being a really long state, akin to driving the 4 hours through Michigan, but I guess it actually goes by pretty quick when you cut corners across the state! Also, most spacious. rest area. ever.

(Kentucky) I wonder if semis can get ticketed for not merging over when there’s a disabled vehicle on the side of the road. I mean, it’s a nice gesture and all, but after several hours of watching their ping-pong games, it makes me curious as to how many new accidents are caused by semis merging over into other cars to leave room for accidents that have already transpired!

(Tennessee) Why in the world doesn’t this state have a rest area along I-75 anywhere before Knoxville?!?!?! I ask because my bladder really needed one at that point… 😛

(Tennessee) P.S. Thank god this was my stopping place for the night because 12 hours is a lot of driving for one guy (and one dog)!

(Georgia) Butts county.

(Georgia) Also, the more I got in and out of the car by this point, the more I felt like an incredibly old man. Exercise – yoga – I need something!

(Florida) Left Michigan at noon on Friday, layover in Tennessee, and pulled into our driveway back home just after 9:00pm. Whew…

Notable Mentions…

  • There really aren’t any good options for a man by himself to use the rest room when he’s traveling with puppy.
  • Likewise with good places to eat, but I’m also getting incredibly picky about fast food these days.
  • Believe it or not, Cleo will eventually get to the point where she’ll refuse peanut butter even when the jar is thrust into her face, though as far as I can tell it requires quite the upset/carsick belly to get her there. 🙁
  • Cheddar Cheese Bagels from Tim Hortons make for pretty much the most fantastic road trip treats ever.

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