0730 Very bright outside. Seems like it should be later.0810 Should I go out for coffee and gas now or should I wake up the kids and go later?
0820 Decide to wake the kids now and get the gas and coffee on the way out of town.
0852 Leaving the hotel. We seem to be in slow-motion today for some reason. Genie says the closest McDs is 4 miles away in the wrong direction. What?! Guess I have to just get on the road and find one somewhere along the way.
0903 Oh look – it’s the highway lawnmower brigade. There must have been at least 10 of those big mowers out weaving and mowing on the side of the road.
0919 Chickenfoot Road
0927 Pass a truck full of chickens. That’s one we don’t see very often. Usually it’s pigs or cows.
0952 Gas, $3.12/gallon.
1038 Country Doctor Museum. Too bad the sign wasn’t out on the highway. By the time I saw it, I was already past the exit. Bummer. That actually sounded kind on interesting.
1047 There are lots of Virginia license plates on the road as we get closer to Virginia. It is a familiar sight and makes it feel like home even though we are nowhere near our current home. California plates still seem foreign to me even after a year in California.
1104 Rocky Swamp
1117 Halifax, NC. Apparently it is a historic site. Any interest in stopping? Nope. Got 3 votes for no. Ryan says he really just wants to get to John’s house.
1119 Bella has finished Harry Potter #4 which she started reading on the drive from Memphis.
1122 Roanoke River
1152 Nottoway River
1158 Subway and Starbucks together and both open 24 hours. Cool! Bella tries a new sandwich this time – the Italian BMT without the ham (so just the salami and pepperoni and cheese). Shocker! She’s branching out!
1:11 p.m. Arrive at the Purdy’s.
The kids play capture the flag outside for a while until it gets too hot. Then they play a double-deck game of War with 6 players followed by a game of Apples to Apples. Finally, they play Wii until dinner. Dinner is very yummy – a rotisserie chicken, mashed potatoes, and broccoli. After dinner – birthday cake!
9:30 p.m. Bedtime wrangling begins.
Once all the kids are settled in for the night, Allie and I watch half of “Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead” on Amazon until we are too tired to watch anymore.