Friday morning found the Dumont Trio on the road again! Bill offered to make the trip to the cold North so we could spend Christmas with Mom – an extra special Christmas present for me. We made our plans, including renting a car so we didn’t have to take our truck/tow vehicle and put extra miles on it. We could also make better time if we weren’t moving the house. On Sunday before we left, we noticed that there was a cute little Ford Ranger for sale on base. I pointed it out to Bill – who had already noticed it. I suggested that we might check it out – depending on the sale price – and compare it to the cost of the rental vehicle. Besides – it might make a nice vehicle to drive around town – much smaller than the F350. I am a wimp when it comes to driving the “big” truck. Florida traffic and parking is designed for small vehicles. Anyway – we checked out the truck – it looked like a good potential. Bill went for a test drive – and now we have a second truck. It is fun to drive and handled the 1250 miles like a trooper. It comes with a few minor repair jobs to keep Bill busy when we get back to Florida.
Friday was Mayport to Knoxville, TN. We spent the night at a Drury Inn – they are so pleasant and pet friendly. I am still working on getting my 10k steps per day and logging miles, so I started Saturday morning with the dreadmill. Still soul-sucking and mind-numbing…some things never change. We knew that Saturday would be a long driving day. Traffic wasn’t too terrible, a few accidents really clogged things up for a bit. Piper was really missing the big back seat in the F350 – she tolerated our makeshift bed for her.
Saturday was a little more tense. We tend to have very different travel philosophies, Bill and I. I am in favor of frequent rest area stops to get out and walk a bit, and stopping for things like food, beverage, and bathroom breaks. Bill is superhuman – he can get in the vehicle and only stop when the gas gauge says you don’t have a choice about stopping. I get crabby and restless way before the gas gauge does.
We arrived at Mom’s around 2130 hrs. It definitely was chillier than Florida, and I haven’t had a white Christmas in about 4 years. Bed was a welcome experience – Mom had warmed them up with electric blankets. Our trip was uneventful, and we’re ready to throw ourselves into a family Christmas celebration!