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We were headed to New York for Christmas a few years ago. We didn't leave Friday as planned, because a snow storm blew in Friday morning. We waited until the next day so that it would be daylight and the roads would have time to be cleared. My husband, my nine month old baby, two dogs, and I left the house at 7 a.m. Saturday morning. Our trip usually takes about 12-13 hours.

I should have known something was up when it took us four hours to get to I-81. That was twice the time. No big deal though. Once we hit Virginia and I-81, the roads were clear and we cruised along. We stopped for lunch, topped off the gas and hit the road after about an hour. It wasn't ten miles up the road when we hit the stopped traffic. After four hours, we had only gone thee miles. We spent a lot of time on the phone getting updates on the road from my Mom in New York. Sometime around 4:00 or 5:00 p.m., we found were back to cruising. My husband and I decided to push on a few more hours and then find a hotel. We hadn't gone very far.

Thirty miles up the road we were stopped again. Around 6:00 p.m., Mom started calling hotels in the next two towns trying to find us a room. Nada, zip, zilch. She found a hotel in Staunton that still had rooms, could we make it thirty miles to there? The hotel wouldn't take a reservation. Maybe we should just turn around and go home? I let her know that if turning was an option, we might consider it. By 11:30 p.m., Mom was going to bed, but if we needed her to look for or call for anything, wake her up.

I wouldn't recommend our hotel. Hotel Hyundai on I-81 mile marker 181. The service sucked, but there was a wake up call! Spending the night in the van, with a nine month old and two dogs sucks big time. We never moved. There was nowhere to go. Men have it so much easier when stuck on the highway overnight! That is all I am going to say about that! By 12:15 a.m. I had decided that alternating napping in case we moved was dumb. We should just sleep and if we moved, someone would honk if we didn't wake up.

I moved into the drivers seat so my husband could stretch out in the passenger seat. I would sleep for forty-five minutes then wake up, crank on the van, wait fifteen minutes, turn it off, then go back to sleep. I repeated that pattern until 6:15 a.m. I saw a flashlight floating around at that point way up the line. A cop was walking down the middle knocking on any trucks or cars that weren't awake. Finally, movement!

We finally arrived in Staunton and decided to stop and have breakfast. We hung around there for two hours. There was a brief consideration of getting a hotel room and just relaxing and hitting the road again Monday morning. However, I decided I was ready for this trip to be over, so we soldiered on. Luckily, it was nearly noon by then and the roads were getting better as it was a nice sunny, but cold day. We arrived safely at my parents house at 8 p.m. on Sunday evening. A trip that takes twelve hours, took thirty six. If you have a chance to get off the road, take it!



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This is my entry for LJ Idol: S10 Second Chance, Week 1. The topic this week was “Not Throwing Away My Shot".

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Date: 2017-03-07 11:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] i-17bingo.livejournal.com
Wow, I'm exhausted just reading about your trip. I've been on two-hour drives that stretched out to eight hours, but never anything as bad as this.

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Date: 2017-03-07 06:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kajel.livejournal.com
It was definitely an interesting experience. I've decided that I should be thankful that my son was only 9 months old and not older and more active at the time.

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Date: 2017-03-07 01:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eternal-ot.livejournal.com
Phew! That was one long tiring journey. But Yay! for finally making it to your destination. Hope you had a great time after that :)

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Date: 2017-03-07 06:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kajel.livejournal.com
We did, once we finally arrived!

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Date: 2017-03-07 08:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] halfshellvenus.livejournal.com
Ack, that beats some of my nightmare Christmas-travel stories all to hell and back, and some of them were pretty bad!

Hotel Hyndai was a worse alternative than I thought, though your point about being woken up by honking should anything change? Fair enough!

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Date: 2017-03-08 04:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kajel.livejournal.com
I was quite jealous of the trucker next to us with the sleeper in his rig. ;)

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Date: 2017-03-07 09:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wildrose.livejournal.com
Oh dear! That sounds like an ordeal...I mean, a 12 hour trip seems exhausting enough to me, let alone 36 hours.
I'm so glad you finally managed to get to your parents' safely.

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Date: 2017-03-08 04:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kajel.livejournal.com
It was an adventure for sure.

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Date: 2017-03-08 03:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] magazhchi.livejournal.com
I surely would have given up half way through. Kudos for sticking to the plan and finally making to your destination.

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Date: 2017-03-08 04:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kajel.livejournal.com
I might have, but there was literally, no turning around. By the time we were moving the next morning, the roads were miraculously cleared.

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Date: 2017-03-10 02:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] karmasoup.livejournal.com
Ugh. What a crazy ride! But what a story to tell!

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Date: 2017-03-10 03:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] d0gs.livejournal.com
this reads like a christmas movie plot - i love it! but how exhausting it must have been. i'm glad you made it there in the end <3
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