Today started my two week trip to Iowa. Since I didn't want to deal with Atlanta traffic, I planned to leave after traffic had let up. I finished my packing, got the car loaded, had breakfast, hung around with Bill for awhile, then finally left. On my way out, I stopped at the library to return 3 books and then went by the bank to get some cash. I finally got on the road around 10:00.
My first stop was a bit before Nashville, where I got gas and lunch, which I ate in the car. The weather had been on and off misting, with occasion heavier rain, but never bad. By the time I made it to Nashville, the sun came out and I never saw another raindrop!
I usually stop just before St. Louis on the first night, but the sun was still up (nice to travel in the summer
!) and I wasn't tired, so I just kept going, thinking I would get through St. Louis, so I wouldn't have to deal with morning traffic. As it turned out, I just kept going! I finally had to stop for gas and got a Subway sandwich at the same place. Way out in the rural areas of Missouri, there are fewer hotels, but I found one just a little further on in Hannibal. It was just sunset when I stopped, which was 8:00 here. That means I just have 2 1/2 or so hours to get to my dad's. I should make it by lunchtime tomorrow.
I settled in my room, played on the computer, had some popcorn, and read until I was ready to sleep. I listed to books on CD in the car, which really helps make the travel time easier. I finished one short book and am about halfway or a little more through a longer book. Sure hope I brought enough!
Good first day!