As I may or may not have mentioned – we have been on the road, have not had Internet Service and so my posts have been somewhat limited.  This trip was designed to see our latest great-grandson and possibly attend a wedding. Not sure if the wedding will take place during this particular trip as it may have to be postponed for a bit but we did get to see the latest addition to the family and he is cute as a button.

Being the age I am and the fact that I am not getting any younger – I do question however just how long I can make these long road trips. What used to take me two days to get here now takes three days and to be quite honest, wears us both out by the time we arrive. I do all the driving (something I have been doing for quite a few years now) and well, let’s just say there would be no argument on my part were we to find alternative means to visit our northern relatives in years to come.

And speaking about driving – What is it with the driving habits of some of our northern neighbors? Do they not know that the Yield Sign after exiting one road and before getting on another freeway means – “Hey you – slow down – the road you are about to attempt to enter has ongoing traffic and that means “they” not “you” have the right of way – You are the one that is supposed to yield, not them!

That is the part of our recent trip from the south to the north that I dread the most. Many drivers coming off of exit ramps seem to think that their yield sign is an OK for them to speed up and see just how close they can come to ongoing traffic and yet still slip in between the cars already moving at 65 – 70 miles an hour. Very frustrating!

And what is it with fast food, gas stations, and other such facilities up north not being at the exit when exiting from the freeway. So much for seeing food, gas, and lodging signs at the exit signs!  While the sign might indicate that such places can be visited if you exit the freeway, what they do not tell you is that once you exit, the actual location of the Burger King or MacDonald’s could be 2 or more miles after you have exited the highway. What is it with that? When you gotta go – you gotta go!

On a more positive note – we also make it a point to stop at the Welcome Center of each state we enter while on trips. Not only do they provide good information, but they have a wealth of information about their state, can provide maps of the area, and usually have coupon books that have some pretty good discounts for hotels and motels in the area. Such books come in handy if you don’t like to drive too late into the evening and look forward to getting off the road while it is still daylight.  I must admit we have taken advantage of these books many times and for the most part have been extremely satisfied with the hotels/motels we have stopped at.

Our secret is to stop about an hour earlier than we truly need to because then if using one of the motels found in the coupon book and the area doesn’t look safe or satisfactory or if the motel doesn’t look up to our standards – we can just drive on down the road for another hour until we find a more suitable place to rest our head for the evening. Included in this reduced rate many times is a “free” breakfast. Sometimes it is merely a Continental breakfast while other times a hot “buffet” style breakfast is provided.  But let’s face it – having become frugal in our old age, every penny counts.  

Just a few of the tips we have learned over the years that have come in handy while traveling back and forth to see family. After all, keeping the expenses down in one area enables us to spend a bit more in the company of friends and relatives we made the trip to see in the first place.

Until next time!

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