Yesterday was one of the worst days to drive across the country. I’ve had rainy road trips before, but never have I ever had to ride the storm for 12 hours straight. There were a couple 30 minute breaks, but that’s about it. My eight hour drive turned into a twelve hour nightmare. The positive part is that I’m safe and made it to Dayton. I’m also going to stay with my brother one more night! I’m taking advantage of the time I have with him before he leaves. Plus, Dayton is the halfway point to Charlotte, so it makes sense to stop here. I actually really like Dayton, too!
This is how dark it was at 10am in the morning. I had to pull over several times because the rain would pour so hard, I couldn’t see a thing. Grumples never gets scared during rain storms, but even he was startled by it.
And with every road trip post I do, I include my road trip grub! My mom stocked me up with these True blended smoothies by Grimmway Farms. They’re delicious, full of vitamins and a much better energy drink than the ones bought at Gas Stations in a can.
This is what the 30 minute breaks would look like. I feel like I drove under the same storm all day and we would pull out the Mario Cart moves and pass each other every now and then. Luckily his lightening bolts never hit me.
Around one, I hit one of those “can’t see a damn thing” storms, and pulled off the exit to grab something to each for lunch.
I chose Panera bread!
I had the Fuji apple chicken salad. I forgot to ask for no blue cheese (because it’s disgusting), so I did the obstacles around it. It was still really good and they didn’t put much on.
I normally wouldn’t order soup on a road trip, but I was pulled over anyways, so I had their garden vegetable soup without pesto; I’ve never been a pesto fan. I used half of the bread for dipping in my soup and the other half for croutons on my salad.
You know where his nose was the entire time I ate…
I lost several hours when I hit rush hour in Indianapolis, and at that point, I was expecting everything to go wrong! Oh! And it started to hail during this little traffic jam.
But…it was kind of beautiful, too.
After losing four hours during the chaotic drive, I was so ready to just get there! Luckily, I have a dog that enjoys being in the car and would live in it if he could. One of the worst things about driving in the rain is the semi’s that don’t care. They (not all) drive like maniacs, kick up rocks with their tires that fly back at the windshield and basically hydroplane all over the lanes. I’m very cautious when I see them coming up behind me. I did learn my lesson, to pay attention to the weather before a road trip. It’s supposed to rain all day today and I’m not going anywhere other than breakfast with my brother, and a workout at the air force base!
I ended up getting to Dayton at nine. I was so exhausted! We all sat around watching Catfish while eating dinner, and I passed out within minutes on the couch.
I left this road trip with a cracked windshield and a busted pcp pipe from the rain. great