From Mackinac Island to Richmond, KY . . . 10/31/2013

Hi Friends!

We have reached Richmond, Kentucky and checked into the Holiday Inn Express, our favorite pet friendly hotel.  It has been a long, long day – taking 11 hours to drive through Michigan, Ohio and 87 miles of Kentucky. 

And this is why.  Whatever storm system has been crossing the USA today has arrived just ahead of every place we've traveled down I-75.  It was very slow going, and when you add in doggy walks, potty breaks, and a couple of quick meals, it made for a long day.

And this is why. Whatever storm system has been crossing the USA today has arrived just ahead of us as we’ve traveled down I-75. It was very slow going, and when you add in doggy walks, potty breaks, and a couple of quick meals, it made for quite a day.

To say we were happy to see the "Welcome to Kentucky" sign as we crossed the Ohio River in Cincinnati would be a big understatement!

To say we were happy to see the “Welcome to Kentucky” sign as we crossed the Ohio River in Cincinnati would be a big understatement!

I was doing pretty good this morning in the crying department.  We were up at 5:30 and so busy I made myself not think about anything except what I might be leaving behind.  We caught the taxi (sweet Anna driving) and made it to the Shepler’s dock in plenty of time to catch the 8:00 boat.

But then as we walked down the pier to the boat, who should appear OFF the boat but Sue Conlon and her son Patrick (who works at the Grand Hotel).  Patrick was going to work, but Sue had driven from Harbor Springs this morning just to see us off.  Yep.  I pretty much lost it.

Almost over my crying spell here.

Almost over my crying spell here.  Bear was still checking on me.

Sue knew we were among the very last summer residents to leave, and she couldn't stand there not being someone there on our last day.  Sue, THAT was an amazing good deed in a long list you have already given me.

Sue knew we were among the very last summer residents to leave the island, and she couldn’t stand there not being someone there on our last day. Sue, THAT was an amazingly thoughtful good deed.  I love you, girlfriend!

We’re going out to walk Bear and Maddie one more time, then fall into bed.  We’ll have about an 8-hour drive tomorrow – a real cake walk compared to today!

We’ve felt all of your safe travel prayers today as we’ve traveled through so many rainstorms.  Thank you for each and every one.

I’ll pop in tomorrow evening sometime to let you all know we’re home safely.  Safe travel prayers will be appreciated again.

Love and hugs to you all! 

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25 thoughts on “From Mackinac Island to Richmond, KY . . . 10/31/2013

  1. Oh my! Mackinac to Richmond in one day. I informed friends after our trip to Traverse City in September that I would not be driving from Mackinac home (near that IKEA store you passed just North of Cincinnati) in one day. With that rain, you must be ready to crash!
    Next to the sign welcoming you to Kentucky, that building has a revolving restaurant on top of it.

      • I’ve used it several times for out of town online friends are traveling I75 – it’s noticeable! Though I might actually live closer to the huge Jesus statue (but IKEA makes us sound more normal)

  2. You guys are doing great! Looks like Ted is trooping on through the weather pretty good.

    Safe travels for the last 8 hours.

  3. Brenda & Ted,

    I’m sorry you’ve had to endure all the rain while traveling, but have you considered there is a perfectly good reason for it. You both seem like reasonably intelligent people to me, so I’m quite surprised it hasn’t occurred to you. It’s really quite simple and obvious to me. Mackinac Island did not want you to leave under such a cloud of uncertainty for the future and it has been crying its eyes out and affecting a good portion of the eastern part of the United States in the process. However, there is a way for you to remedy the situation. When you get to Atlanta, contact the people who bought the condo and tell them that I said the deal is off; they’ll just have to buy a different condo. If you’ll do that, you’ll have sunshine the rest of the way to Lake Blackshear.

    Aside from that very obvious solution, I’ve checked the weather forecasts and weather radar maps for your route and it looks like you should have much better traveling today until you get close to the Lake. And most of the rain may have moved on by the time you get there.

    Be careful and drive safely.

    • Wow, Lowell, you must have been up all night thinking about all that important stuff. I certainly was.

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      • Actually, no. This morning, Faye & I were talking about all the rain you had to endure and I commented that it was because the Island was crying, and I went on from there.

        Don’t forget to stop in Atlanta.

        I trust you’re finding the weather to be a little better than yesterday.

  4. I was so worried about you guys driving thru that storm…….it’s been raining here cats and dogs for at least 24 hrs. and so glad you let us know you are safe! So nice of Sue to do that and send you off at the dock. What a great friend!

  5. Bree, I think Lowell has it wrong. Here’s how it goes. Mackinac Island was saying that the weather here is pretty bad so you better start heading south to your beautiful home on the Lake where the sun and warmth await you. Then next year come on back to the Island when the weather will be beautiful again. Mackinac Island will be awaiting your return.

  6. Love what Lowell wrote! Hope you’re almost home by now and seeing better weather. Don’t worry-the perfect solution will arise when you least expect it!

  7. So many tears, remember the sunny smiles and warm hugs that sent you off on each end of your journey this past season. You both are so fortunate to be returning to the sunny south from which you started your journey this year! Enjoy your first trip to booger bottom on the ri’vah and family, and friends : )

    Hugs all around on your arriving to your southern comfort, rest well!

    Blessings,
    Theresa

  8. Glad you are home safe and sound and hopefully having dinner by now. It has been a chilly, dark day here in Ann Arbor. We had rain as well but not as much as you were going through. Love how Bear was concerned about you….he is such a wonderful dog. Keep safe. Wishing you/Ted time to catch up on your rest. Bet the doggies love being back home again!

  9. What a drive. Glad to hear all is well, and you’re probably on the rivah by now. So happy that you had Bear to take care of you, what a sweetie. I hear the weather is a little cooler, down south. That would be nice. Home Sweet Home.

  10. We can all breathe a sigh of relief now that you have arrived safely back home. We won’t hold it against you, if you just want to crash for the night and post something tomorrow.

  11. I am very glad you are home safely in Georgia. It makes me sad that you won’t be spending as much time here in Michigan. Hope you, Ted, Maddie, and Bear have a happy Thanksgiving and happy winter. (By the way I love the Vera Bradley Bag in the last picture of this Blog entry. It is my favorite Vera pattern)

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