And . . . We’re Off! 5/16/2010

You know how I’ve been packing for two weeks?  You know how Ted has made fun of me the entire two weeks because it only takes him “an hour” to pack to be gone for six months?  You know how Ted said we were leaving the lake Saturday morning at 10 a.m. sharp?

At 9 a.m. I was ready to walk down to say goodbye to our good neighbors, Kay and Joe.  This dear sweet couple is in their 80’s and can work rings around Ted and I.  Recently Mr. Joe suffered a minor stroke but is now recovering well with physical therapy.  We will miss being nearby to check on them – they live only two houses down from us.  But, at 9 a.m., when we were supposed to be visiting Kay and Joe, Ted was still in the boathouse doing something with the boat battery that he could have done a week ago.  Then he had to secure the kayaks, make sure everything on the dock was locked, and fill the birdfeeders.  While all that was going on, he was giving me little projects to work on that were really HIS projects!  Then he had to shower.  After all that, he packed – in less than an hour.  Unbelievable!  Long story short, we left the lake at 11:15 instead of 10:00, putting us in Atlanta at 2 p.m.

What Ted packs in his overnight bag - groceries!

The back of the truck packed with six months worth of "stuff". The big red duffle is Maddie and Bear's suitcase.

Bear's traveling quarters for three days. Maddie, of course, sleeps in my lap the entire trip.

We visited with Jason for about 45 minutes, giving Bear time to work off some energy playing with Beyla – and Maddie time to work off some energy chasing Jason and Blair’s cat all over their house.  We started north again about 3 p.m. and stopped once at the Tennessee Welcome Center for a dog/human walk and stretch.  We arrived at Lenoir City, TN for the night around 5:15.  Ted had made reservations at an EconoLodge, which is pet-friendly.  As all of you know who travel with your pets, it is hard to find one that you want your four-legged babies to sleep in – not to mention yourself.  We got lucky this time though.  The rooms are very small, but very clean.  I give it a thumbs-up if you travel I-75 with pets and find yourself in TN for the night.

We took the dogs with us when we went to dinner,  just because they had been traveling all day, and we didn’t want to dump them in a totally unknown place and leave them for an hour.  We left them in the truck while we went in to eat at Chili’s and asked for a table where we could watch the truck.  With the windows left down a little and the temps in the 80’s and cooling fast because of the rain, they were fine.  Back at the hotel, we walked over to a boat dealership parking lot next door to the hotel and threw the tennis ball for Bear for a while, until an approaching storm drove us back to the room.

Ted says we are leaving “early” Sunday morning so we will be at Whitmore Lake in Michigan fairly early in the afternoon.  Hope that doesn’t mean we’ll be up before dawn! 

Thanks so much for all the safe travel prayers today.  Please keep lifting us up while we are on the road.  By the way, I never even felt sleepy all day today.  I wonder if my accident scared me into a cure.  I’ve decided to get my blood pressure checked on the island on a regular basis, and start taking my blood pressure meds at night instead of in the morning.  We’ll see how that change affects my sleepiness. 

Traffic alert - lots of construction going on in south Tennessee on I-75.

Bear - helping Ted keep an eye on the road.

Maddie - snoozing in my lap on top of her faux fur bed and under my jeans jacket. She and Bear are just like an old married couple - one always too hot, one always too cold.

 “Too often . . . I would hear men boast of the miles covered that day, rarely of what they had seen.” – Louis L’ Amour

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4 thoughts on “And . . . We’re Off! 5/16/2010

  1. You’re off…to visit your herd of turtles on the island. At least you got started on the same day you intended. Drive safely and it won’t be long now. I may start packing.

  2. It won’t be long now, excitment must build more and more the closer you get. Can’t wait to start seeing your wonderful pictures of the island again. Love the picture of Bear on the header and Maddie asleep. 🙂 Stay safe and safe travels the rest of the way.

  3. HI Bree! May you have safe travels and friendly roads! I am so excited for you! Its finally time for you to be on the Island! I just love the picture of Maddie! So cute!!! And bear is cute also!

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