road trip

We’re back in Baltimore tonight. The drive is a long one, but Craig and I have done it so many times over the past 11.5 years that we could practically do it in our sleep. (But of course we wouldn’t do that!) On average, the trip takes us about 8.5 hours, but today we set a record of 8 hours, 5 minutes! About two years ago we picked a new route that helps us avoid extreme congestion along I-70 (due to combined DC and Baltimore traffic), and today we really limited our stops (just two to get gas, pick up food, use the restrooms, and change drivers). Of course, a lead foot (or two) doesn’t hurt in keeping things moving along. But really, the traffic was light, we didn’t hit any construction or other slow-downs, and the weather was great, so it was sort of a perfect combination.

We usually choose to drive back on Saturdays if we can, since it helps us to avoid the peak travel day of Sunday (especially for Thanksgiving weekend, but also for other trips), and it also gives us a day back at home to unpack, do laundry, sort mail, and so on. Plus it saves us a day of dogsitter fees.

While we had a great time with my family in Michigan, it is good to be home and back to the dogs and our house. I could swear that someone cleaned up most of the leaves in our backyard while we were gone. Perhaps it was the Thanksgiving Leaf Fairy? (Yeah, I just made that up.) Whether it was a neighbor or just a perfect wind that moved the leaves elsewhere, I’m certainly not complaining!


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8 Responses to road trip

  1. Kelly Cole says:

    Now there’s something to be thankful for – a leaf fairy! We could use one of those ourselves. Welcome home.

  2. Elizabeth says:

    We always try to build in a post-trip detox day too. It’s nice to have a day to recuperate. Welcome home 🙂

  3. Zoe says:

    Welcome back! Glad you had a great trip and a happy Thanksgiving.

  4. Jenny says:

    welcome home 🙂 way to go, setting a driving time record!!! the leaf fairy cleaned out our gutters this weekend… our leaf fairy’s name is Dad 🙂

  5. Alan says:

    Ok, so you’re going to tease a guy who’s traveling the same route in less than a month by raving about a shortcut and not saying what it is? 🙂

    • Kelly says:

      We take the PA Turnpike all the way to I-83 instead of getting off at Breezewood. Since our destination is the north side of Baltimore, it’s a no-brainer for us. For you, I’m not sure. But I know people in Northern VA who take Route 15 south through Harper’s Ferry (I think) to avoid some of the I-70/270/495 mess. Good luck!

  6. Jamey says:

    I HAVE to know what this shortcut is! Our trip should have taken us 8.5 hours (Fort Meade to Kentucky) and both ways we spent THREE hours in traffic! With two small kids!!! AHHHHHH!

    • Kelly says:

      I doubt this would help in going to/from Kentucky since it’s not north, but the route we take is the PA Turnpike across to I-83 and then coming down south. Since we live on the north side of Baltimore it’s very easy for us and only 15 miles longer than the I-70 route.

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