I Made The Plans For Our Trip Home

@BelleStarr (39652)
United States
April 3, 2018 6:43am CST
We will be heading north from Florida on April 15th. I finally made my hotel reservations yesterday. We are spending our first night in Americus, Ga. I want to visit Andersonville, the location of the Civil War Prison. I chose to stay in Americus since it has a historic hotel which is worth a visit on its own. Monday we will dry up to my bother's home in the northern suburbs of Atlanta. We will stay there for two nights. On Wednesday we will drive to Greensboro, NC. On Thursday we will make our way to eastern Virginia where our friends live and we will spend 4 nights there. We take off from there on Monday and then spend the night in Pennsylvania before arriving at home in Connecticut on Tuesday. I know many people think we are crazy to spend more than a week driving home but it works for us. We need to be home for our church anniversary dinner on the 28th and we have allowed plenty of time for that.
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@Juliaacv (33151)
• Canada
3 Apr
I think that its an excellent way to head back home again. My parents always visited friends along the way when they used to come back home again from Florida. It allowed them to drink up what they would have to declare at the border and to break up that long drive back. My Dad loved visiting and would have gladly spent over a week coming home, but my mother was always very demanding on getting home as soon as she wanted to. I'm sure that it made for some "interesting" conversations in the car, or maybe no conversation at all.
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@BelleStarr (39652)
• United States
3 Apr
lol That is funny since normally I am a chatty Kathy, get me in the car and I go silent as the grave lol Hubs is always complaining, every half hour or so he will say stop talking so much which means please talk to me lol
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@Juliaacv (33151)
• Canada
3 Apr
@BelleStarr I always loved car rides with my Dad. As a very young child, every now and then he'd let on that he was lost. And I'd be sitting in the back seat with 2 of my brothers and I'd get scared. And then the last memorable car ride I went on with him, we went over to the nursing home in Detroit to visit an aunt, and we said the rosary for the very last time together. I think that I cried the entire time, just knowing that it was probably going to be our last time to pray it together on the road like that.
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@BelleStarr (39652)
• United States
3 Apr
@Juliaacv I love saying the rosary while we travel but my hubs is not a rosary guy. I have a bunch of charismatic friends and father Joe and when we go to conferences and things We always say the rosary together. However, I always laughing tell the driver they are not allowed to raise their hands or close their eyes during prayer lol
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@sallypup (28488)
• Moses Lake, Washington
3 Apr
That sounds like a sweet journey, combining visits with driving. You might as well enjoy yourself, rather than the drive being just an awful chore.
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@BelleStarr (39652)
• United States
3 Apr
Thank you, yes driving 500 miles s day would exhauste us and for what?
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@sallypup (28488)
• Moses Lake, Washington
3 Apr
@BelleStarr Whoa. 500 miles in one day. Headache time. On my good days I am capable of driving about 200.
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@BelleStarr (39652)
• United States
3 Apr
@sallypup We try to keep it to between 250 and 300 a day. We drive for 4 to 5 hours and then rest.
@just4him (127042)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
5 Apr
It sounds like you're going to have a great trip home. I've seen the movie about Andersonville. I will be interested in what you say about it.
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@BelleStarr (39652)
• United States
5 Apr
I am sure that it will be pretty emotional. But I am very attracted to Civil war sites.
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@just4him (127042)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
6 Apr
@BelleStarr I'm sure it will be emotional. I'm sure I would be too if I were able to visit such locations.
@YrNemo (14703)
4 Apr
If the weather is good and everyone seems to be in good health, why not? (re: the long driving trip).
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@BelleStarr (39652)
• United States
4 Apr
We sure are hoping for good weather and both of us are healthy enough so it should be fun.
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@YrNemo (14703)
4 Apr
@BelleStarr Take care.
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@DianneN (84977)
• United States
3 Apr
I enjoyed the drives to and from Florida before we bought a car to leave here. We always spent two nights driving down, and a few days visiting places like Savannah and Charleston on our way home. Tomorrow we fly home in under 3 hours.
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@BelleStarr (39652)
• United States
4 Apr
I just have one thing to say burrrrrrr......
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@DianneN (84977)
• United States
4 Apr
@BelleStarr Ditto! I'm staying through mid-May next year!
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@Courtlynn (55039)
• United States
3 Apr
That is a long trip! But, you wont be on the road the whole time, probably not even most of it. So that is good! Plus whatever works for you guys, is what you need to do!
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@BelleStarr (39652)
• United States
3 Apr
It is a 1300 mile drive so quite long but your right we only drive for about 4 or 5 hours a day for 5 days.
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@Courtlynn (55039)
• United States
3 Apr
@BelleStarr right, putting it like that, its not crazy or a lot. my boyfriend and I drove 11(maybe 16) hours straight from MI to RI back in 2011, after our thanksgiving in MI. was sooo long, but we stopped to get food and gas, and learned a lot about one another like, we shouldn't take long trips together. lol
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@ridingbet (59368)
• Philippines
3 Apr
he is a pretty boy and it is a beautiful canine. sorry my comment is out of line.
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@BelleStarr (39652)
• United States
3 Apr
No problem there, yes that is Jack my grandson and Roscoe or newest dog. I miss them both!!
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@ridingbet (59368)
• Philippines
4 Apr
@BelleStarr hope you will have a great time when you see your grandson again
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@LadyDuck (175750)
• Switzerland
3 Apr
You take this like a mini-vacation and I think it is the best way to go. You take your time and you do not stress.
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@BelleStarr (39652)
• United States
3 Apr
Exactly, one thing we have as retirees is time and it is much easier for us to have a relaxed trip.
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@LadyDuck (175750)
• Switzerland
4 Apr
@BelleStarr I fully agree, why to stress to be on the roads for hours when we can take our time.
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@JudyEv (134576)
• Bunbury, Australia
3 Apr
I think this is a great idea - to catch up with friends and family as you travel home. You've gone a long way, haven't you,, to get to Florida?
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@BelleStarr (39652)
• United States
3 Apr
About 1300 miles, door to door so we will spend 5 days driving and the rest visiting.
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@JudyEv (134576)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 Apr
@BelleStarr That IS a long trip. We'll be going 2,200 miles to see our son in Melbourne but there are no friends or rellies along the way - and not much of anything else either.
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@Jessabuma (33192)
• Baguio, Philippines
3 Apr
Wow! So many destinations. Anyway, enjoy your trip and keep safe always.
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@BelleStarr (39652)
• United States
3 Apr
Thank you, yes we will drive slowly and carefully.
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@Jessabuma (33192)
• Baguio, Philippines
3 Apr
@BelleStarr you're welcome dear friend
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@Elizaby (3958)
• Pensacola, Florida
13 Apr
Hope your trip is safe and enjoyable. Haven't been on due to computer issues as the laptop won't connect to the internet but I hope by the enfd of the month to either habe it foced or another.
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@BelleStarr (39652)
• United States
13 Apr
Have you tried your laptop at Panera or other public site, it could be your router that is bad.
@epiffanie (10404)
• Australia
6 Apr
Enjoy and have a safe trip ..
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@BelleStarr (39652)
• United States
13 Apr
Thank you so much.
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@Tampa_girl7 (26197)
• United States
5 Apr
I hope that you'll have a safe and enjoyable trip home.
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@BelleStarr (39652)
• United States
5 Apr
Thank you, I hope so too!!
@maezee (33288)
• United States
4 Apr
Hope you have safe travels back!
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@BelleStarr (39652)
• United States
4 Apr
Thank you, we still have a week and a half which we are trying to enjoy to the fullest.
@andriaperry (58462)
• United States
4 Apr
The way I see it, its like a vacation before going home.
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@BelleStarr (39652)
• United States
4 Apr
That is what it is to us too, it makes what could be a boring trip more interesting.
@Kandae11 (40370)
3 Apr
I think I would enjoy road trips - and spending the nights in nice hotels. Fine if someone else does the driving.
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@BelleStarr (39652)
• United States
4 Apr
My hubs does most of the driving, I am the navigator.
@august18 (4030)
• Tunisia
3 Apr
Enjoy your trip. Your grandson is very cute. God bless.
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@BelleStarr (39652)
• United States
3 Apr
Thank you very much.
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@JohnRoberts (62867)
• Los Angeles, California
3 Apr
I have been to Andersonville. Not very far from Plains and Jimmy Carter National Historic Site.
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@BelleStarr (39652)
• United States
3 Apr
I did think about stopping there but I am not sure it will be open on a Sunday.
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@mlgen1037 (29626)
• Manila, Philippines
3 Apr
You are fully booked. And is that your grandson in the photo? He is a cutie, Belle.
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@BelleStarr (39652)
• United States
3 Apr
Yes, that is Jack, he is the youngest of our 10 grandchildren, 6 of whom are grandsons. Thank you I think he is a cutie too lol I can't wait to see him he will have grown a lot in 4 months.
@TRBRocks420 (82465)
• Banks, Oregon
3 Apr
Enjoy the trip back home.
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@BelleStarr (39652)
• United States
4 Apr
Thank you we will have a good time.
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