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Days 99 and 100: Comfortable in Carolina

September 6, 2010 6 comments

Location: Raleigh, NC

Miles Driven: ~470

Total Miles: ~24,160

In a clean, reorganized car, I left Acworth on Sunday morning to head north towards North Carolina.  It was tough saying goodbye to the “family” back in Georgia, but I know there will be another chance to meet up down the road, even if it’s not in the foreseeable future.

See ya next time, Marba. What a good dog

GoogleMaps said my drive to Raleigh would be about six hours.  Relatively speaking, that’s not a great distance to travel in terms of this trip.  It was a pleasant and uneventful drive.  Had clear skies the whole way, too.

Notice the big peach thing on the left. But this wasn't Georgia, this was in South Carolina

The leaves already are starting to change color a bit in North Carolina. Time flies.

The timing of my arrivial in Raleigh was pretty fortuitious.  Family friends Saba and Aaron had their child just last about 10 days ago (last I saw them, Saba was a few months away from delivery).  I was happy to meet Eli Jacob.  Very cute kid.

little Eli

Touchdown!

The timing of my arrival worked in another way, as well.  Saba’s brother, and my friend, Sam, was in town along with his mom.  Great to see all these friendly faces once again.  I last saw Sam in NJ, and it’s been several months since I saw his mom.

Sam and Eli

I was able to spend a couple hours hanging out with Eli and the family before heading out to dinner with their friend Jen, who I had last seen at Saba and Aaron’s wedding back in 2007.  I happily introduced her to korean bbq.  Man, I’ve been eating far too well on this second east coast leg of the trip.  Great meal and great company.

That brings us to Day 100 of this roadtrip.  Wow, hard to believe it came up so fast.  When I originally planned this trip, I figured it would be over and done with by Day 90.  But here I am at the century mark, and everything is still going great.

Was able to spend a larger portion of the day being lazy, as well as taking pictures of Eli once again.

cute kid

Jen and Eli

Uncle Sam and the little guy

What a way to celebrate Day 100 – hanging out with the newborn, and then getting to eat some nice home-cooked meals.  There were hotdogs, hamburgers, cake, and Arabic pizza:

very tasty

Being an uncle is hard work. Gotta keep the body fueled-up

Looking forward to spending the next few days here in Raleigh with friends.

Only about 12 or so days remain in this trip.  The first 100 have been nothing short of spectacular, and I’m optimistic we’ll be able to hold that line for the remainder of this journey.

joe

Days 93 and 94: Georgia state of mind

September 1, 2010 9 comments

Location: Acworth, GA

Miles Driven: 849

Total Miles: 23,590

After the near-equivalent of two year’s worth of driving, I am back to my starting point in Acworth, Georgia.  It was back at the end of May I hit the road from here to begin the roadtrip.  And although I am back at the beginning, it’s not the end of the trip…this trip will end in New York later this month, but I will enjoy a good break here being back with my local family and friends.

I left Dallas on Monday afternoon with just a general plan of eventually getting to Georgia by Tuesday.  My hope was to do the majority of the driving on Monday, and it worked out well that way as I covered near 500 miles.  I took I-20E practically the whole way, and Monday night I stopped near Vicksburg, MS.  The siege of Vicksburg was a critical battle in the Civil War and I would’ve liked to visit, but I arrived late at night and got on the road early on Tuesday.

I had just about five hours total to go on Tuesday when I woke up, and found myself back home in Acworth in the early afternoon.  I was excited to be greeted by my good dog friends, Marba and Sally.  I missed these guys.

Sally

Marba

I hung out for a bit at my old home before heading out to go meet some friends for dinner at my favorite restaurant in the Atlanta area, Tofu Village (Korean BBQ).  So great to reunite with some friends I met while working down here.  I never thought in just six months time of working I’d be able to form some pretty close bonds with these guys, but I did.  Lucky to know another great group of people here in Georgia.

manly hugs all around

Norman and Kelly

Jen and David

Remember Matt? I met him earlier in Bethesda, then Anchorage, and now Atlanta

Tasty Korean BBQ

Nate serious about enjoying the food

Ashley takes a nap as Chak Man looks on, bright-eyed

Hanging with the Jessicas

reunion with part of the MD gang. Ash, me, and Matt

Norman, me, David, and Kelly

stars of the outfield

relaxing with Chak Man

So grateful to have so many of my GA friends come out and meet me, especially at a restaurant whose name raises some eyebrows.  Shortly before 9PM we all headed out of there, said our goodbyes, but there will be chances to meet up again as I’ll be in the area through Saturday.

I returned home and spent time hanging out with my foster mom Donna and her daughter, Mary (and the pups, of course).  I had a bag of trailmix waiting for me in my room (Donna’s trailmix is unbeatable, and she sent me off on this trip with several delicious rations).

I don’t have a lot on the agenda for Georgia outside of visiting with friends, but the big thing on Wednesday will be getting my windshield replaced.  Once that is done, everything with the car is back in order 100%.  I was happy to learn that my insurance covers the replacement fully and I don’t have to pay any money out of pocket.

Great to be back here in my old home.

joe