PA Sunrise to GA Sunset
Below are the exact minutes logged on my trip down to Passion 2012:
7:56am – The start of a new year begins with a journey to Atlanta, Georgia. We are currently making our way down I-81 past Harrisburg. Only 12 hours to go! I really want to sleep, but I don’t want to sleep for a second, as I am in the process of learning that to sleep on a road trip is to miss the essence of the experience. I will try to stay as awake as I can, but we will see how that goes.
8:45am – The sky stands like a picture waiting to be taken and I feel like a criminal running from the law – who decided to put together an epic playlist before he ran for the border. We just crossed over into Maryland and so far I’ve found 12 out of 50 state license plates. and one from Canada. Progress seems to be going well and I haven’t fallen asleep yet. Oh and I noticed that at high speeds trees appear like mist and allow you to see all the things on the other side of them.
9:01am – Woah, that was quick. We are now in West Virginia – my first visit – and I found two more license plates and may have found some ideas to finish my poem.
9:11am – We just passed a pretty nasty accident. Someone’s white car got all messed up and there are police, firefighters, and paramedics everywhere. Pretty scary.
9:20am – ‘Poison and Wine’ by The Civil Wars just came on and I recognized it after just the first note.
9:23am – We just entered the Land of Lovers with the before mentioned love song playing. Coincidence? I think not.
9:57am – “I want to see mountains again Gandalf.” <– My thoughts when passing some misty mountains.
10:33am – Virginia is a much longer drive than the other states. We are now up to 23 state license plates and we saw two we could not make out, if our lives depended on it.
11:20am – We are still rolling through Virginia and the clouds seem to be rolling in as well. Its looking a lot like rain right now. The rain will come to grow the trees atop the growing mountains.
1:05pm – We are currently riding along the spine of some grand mountains.
2:05pm – Still in Virginia.
3:00pm – Down here Virginia, Florida, Carolina, and Georgia plates are completely normal where as they are completely rare up North.
3:07pm – When I said we were still in Virginia back at 2:05pm we were actually apparently in North Carolina. Somehow I missed it.
3:43pm – We just entered South Carolina, and got lost for 3 mins. Had to turn around. Also, I took a picture of three tractor trailers at an overpass all at once. (one on top, and two underneath). We also discovered a giant peach that looked like a hot air balloon on the horizon, but turned out to be a highly decorated water tower.
4:18pm – The leaves fall off of trees in the deep south in the winter just like they do in the northern states.
5:03pm – Georgia is now beneath us and we are pressing on for another hour to our destination. The sun is setting on the horizon and it is beautiful.
6:30pm – We have arrived and I didn’t fall asleep at all. Whew, what a long ride.
8:15pm – The environment down here is so different and I need to keep reminding myself that this is a place I’ve never been to before. All the familiar faces throw me off and it all kind of seems surreal. But to prove it was different down here I ordered a sweet tea, and it was just as good as I was told it would be.
List of State Plates Seen Today:
Pennsylvania, Maine, Rhode Island, New Mexico, New York, Delaware, Florida, Arkansas, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Illinois, Kentucky, West Virginia, Virginia, Ohio, North Carolina, South Carolina, Nebraska, Tennessee, Montana, Texas, Indiana, District of Columbia, Maryland, Arizona, Georgia, Missouri, Colorado, Idaho, Michigan, Connecticut, Iowa, Alabama, Oregon, Massachusetts, and Minnesota.
*We also saw two unidentified plates and two plates from Canada: Quebec and Nova Scotia.