Our final day on the road had finally arrived. We only had 3 more states to go and I was anxious to get on the road so we could get through New York City before rush hour started. Rush hours back home were always pretty bad, so I could only imagine how bad rush hour in a city of 8.3 million would be. Hell, just the thought of it made me extremely anxious… having to sit in traffic while navigating our way amongst the various unknown bridges, freeways, and side roads all while trying not to lose each other… my stomach still churns at the thought of it.
So even though we were tired from getting in fairly late the night before, we made ourselves get up, shower, and pack everything up. We tried to go get breakfast, but after learning that it 1) wasn’t included in our room and 2) was sit down and therefore would take up even more time, we opted to skip breakfast and get on the road instead.
Today’s journey would take us the final 350 miles from Clarion, PA, through New Jersey, and finally to our hotel in Bethpage, NY. It was by far our shortest day of the whole trip, but it was also the most stressful – for me anyways.
Day 6 started later than we had intended. We had been so tired from the previous hectic day that we slept in later than we had planned. It wouldn’t have been so bad had all we needed to do was pack up, get breakfast, check out and get on the road, but we also had to fit in a trip to Lyon and Healy to drop off my old harp and pick up my new one! I was so excited to get over to Lyon and Healy again (it’s pretty much my favorite store in the whole world) but we knew we needed to get ready to get on the road first, so we got dressed and packed up almost everything (minus the pet stuff – the whole point of checking out after harp swapping was so they could have as much time out of the crate as possible) and went down to breakfast. But not until after Arthas had decided to explore the still-wet shower after Mr. Envoy had gotten out. He was so confused about why the floor was wet! Silly cat lol
“Um, mom? It’s kinda wet in this part of the room… and something is dripping water! What are this?!”
Breakfast at the Hotel Indigo was a nice change for a hotel; instead of having a breakfast buffet we had vouchers for a restaurant on the first floor. We each ordered and I got my usual over easy eggs with sourdough toast and bacon for dipping (I’ve yet to master over easy eggs at home so I always order them when I got out for breakfast :P) while Mr. Envoy went for his usual scrambled eggs. With a long day of driving ahead of us, we needed a solid breakfast to start our day since the rest of what we’d be consuming was going to be fast food crap.
Once we finished breakfast we headed out to the valet to pick up my car and headed off to Lyon and Healy. I’m not a huge fan of driving in big cities, the thought of it makes me super anxious and I start stressing out and wind up with a stomach ache, so Mr. Envoy was tasked with driving to Lyon and Healy while I navigated. I much prefer exploring major cities by foot or public transportation because it’s a lot less stressful for me. Since I was a passenger though I got to enjoy it a bit more than I would have if I was driving, plus I got to snag some pictures while navigating :)
After a wonderful day spent relaxing and visiting with my grandma, day 5 of our move was finally upon us. Mr. Envoy and I got ready and packed up, and my grandma made us coffee and scrambled eggs to have before we hit the road.
Arthas thought he was being a super big help while we were packing… lol
As we ate we watched the news to see what was going on with the weather. Neither of us had dealt with tornado weather before, and although we’d had clear skies on the way to my grandma’s and almost the whole day we had spent with her it didn’t look as though we were going to be as lucky on our trip to Chicago. We would be driving through the rest of Nebraska, all of Iowa and Illinois, and to top it off it was going to be our longest day on the road of the entire move.
Day 4 of our trek was one of my favorite days of the whole trip. Mr. Envoy and I had a day to relax and catch our breath a bit after traveling 1,500 miles from California and before traveling the remaining 1,400 miles to New York. We slept in for a bit which was a nice change for us, and when we woke up my Grandma had coffee waiting and made us breakfast. We hadn’t had a homemade meal in a while so even though it was just simple scrambled eggs it was already better than most of the hotel breakfasts we had had so far.
My Grandma’s back door was right next to the kitchen, so as we ate breakfast and visited I saw other little creatures enjoying some breakfast too! First it was birds enjoying the birdseed from the feeder hanging outside but then a squirrel came and helped himself too. Silly squirrel, you’re not a bird!
Day 3 started really early, despite us staying up late watching Ghost Whisperer on Netflix. Today our trip would take us to 458 miles to Geneva, Nebraska to visit my grandma on our way out to New York. I hadn’t seen my grandma since my parents and I drove out there nearly 5 years ago for my grandpa’s funeral, so a visit has been long overdue!