Posted by: Kevin | August 18, 2008

So Tired

This week I learned that driving a total of 2,000 miles for a one week vacation is really, really difficult.  It wasn’t because of the kids either.  They were actually great for both legs of the journey.  Here is what my family endured:

SC to Cape Cod
970 miles in 19 hours
We took 95 from South Carolina through Rhode Island and hit traffic in Washington, DC, North of Baltimore, New York Metro area and Connecticut.  We left at ~3AM and arrived at ~10PM.  The kids were excellent for the first 17 hours but progressively lost their minds for the final 2.  My twins started beating on each other out of sheer stir-craziness.  I don’t blame them in the least.

Cape Cod to SC
1060 miles in 18.5 hours
We took 495 to 90 to 84 in Massachusetts.  84 took us all the way to Pennsylvania where we caught 81.  81 carried us through the rest of PA, Maryland, West Virginia and most of Virginia.  77 took us the rest of the way to South Carolina.  We basically took a long cut to dodge the traffic on route 95.  It worked in that we only hit a couple of miles of traffic at the junction of 90 and 84 in Massachusetts. 

We would have made even better time except for an unfortunate and messy bout of car sickness experienced by my daughter.  We also hit a massive thunder storm outside of Charlotte.  It was particularly crappy since we’d been on the road for more than 17 hours and it was 1 in the morning.

In between these epic journeys we crammed a ton of time at the beach, some time with my family (usually spent drinking too much) and some of the typical vacation-type activities.  We drank too much, ate too much and generally had a good time.  I’d do it again if I could cut out the part where we drove 2000 miles.



  1. Once they invent teleporting we are all set. You also neglected to mention that we all got sick fron the mother’s helper on the ride home from sharing closed space for too long. Cough Cough, hack hack

  2. depends on the kind of teleporter. I’m pretty sure that a Star Trek style teleporter would have the unfortunate effect of killing you and creating an exact copy. I’m holding out for fold-space transportation myself. BTW, yes the whole family getting sick did suck tremendously.

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