Some of you will remember seeing this post on our Road-Schooling Gypsies fan page a few weeks ago...
Words of advice :1) Twenty-nine hours in the car is too long - even for a saint.
2) 88% Dark Chocolate bars are a good substitute for coffee.
3) Rumble strips save lives. Whoever thought of those was a genius!
4) Singing along to rock music with your kids for several hours in the wee hours of the morning is one of those bonding experiences you will never forget.
Somewhere near Knoxville, TN, we hit a snag. Traffic was backed up along I-40 for several hours, due to a rockslide and overturned semi-truck. Also, road construction as involved. If you're ever stuck in traffic in Tennessee, call 511 to find out the scoop on what's going on and an approximate wait time. We used this little opportunity to stretch our legs (because it was a parking lot) and start a new audiobook, The Bronze Bow.
The sun had long set, and the skies were opening up with torrents of rain, but we pushed through. Around 1AM, somewhere in west Arkansas, I knew we could go no further. When I say that we had an angel riding with us, that's not a platitude. I had started to doze off - the kids were long asleep in the backseat (one with a spiked fever) - and nearly ran head first into one of the metal bars along the side of the highway. It seemed as though someone shouted my name at the last second...thankfully.
Today's lesson :
Remember as you travel this season - if you're tired, please stop. It's better to arrive safely and late than not at all!