Another Day on the Road
It was only a couple of days ago that I almost passed out after a long drive so this time I made sure to stock up on some real food (besides grapes) for the nine hour drive to St. Louis.
There is a restaurant called Seasons 52 that is proving to be quite the life saver for me on this tour. Seasons 52 is a restaurant that I discovered while in Tampa for Spring Training this year. It serves healthy food at relatively low prices and is always good. I found out that it is actually a chain and has locations in many of the cities that I will be driving through. Their shrimp flatbreads may become my driving meal.
I dropped by their Atlanta location and picked up a flatbread for the road and was on my way.
What I listened to in the car:
Doug Loves Movies
Comedy Bang Bang
Todd Barry Podcast – Janeane Garofalo
In yesterday's post I outlined how I scheduled this tour. There is something that I did not plan for which has become a life saver for these long drives. Day baseball. I did not set it up this way, but nearly every one of my long drives has been helped by the Tigers playing a day baseball game. That is three hours of my drive that flies by while listening to the game.
Before I left Georgia I made sure that I stopped at a fruit stand off of the highway to pick up a basket of peaches. I figured I should probably bring some variety to my road food (I do not want to get sick of grapes just yet).
I hit a bit of traffic once I hit Manchester, Tennessee when I realized that I was driving though the last day of Bonnaroo. It looks like I missed a great party.
Who kept me awake while driving:
My buddy Rindler
My mom and dad
My sister Shikha
I got to St. Louis around 9 PM and checked into my hotel. This is the stretch where I don't have any friends in the area so I am staying in some hotels. I have been using Hotwire to find the cheapest places which has worked out pretty well so far. It is a bit of a risk, but all I really need is a bed and good wifi. I felt a lot better after this drive than I did after the Miami to Atlanta debacle. I ordered a thin crust pizza from a place called Imo's Pizza before hitting the sack.
The drive was a little nicer today as I got to see some greenery and mountains, but thus far the terrain has been flat. Apart from the storm in Florida I have had sunny skies on the road. The radar still says that there is rain coming so hopefully the Cardinals game doesn't get postponed. I'll find out tomorrow.
Miles Traveled: 569
Time in Car: 9 hours 7 minutes
Avg. Speed: 62.1 MPH
Gas Money: $91.05
Gas Price: 3.559, 3.999
Gallons Filled: 14.345, 10.003
Sleep Time: 6 Hours 30 min
Bottles of Water: 11
Bathroom Stops: 6
Traffic Jams: 1 (10 minutes)
Food Eaten: Shrimp flatbread from Seasons 52, peaches, think crust pizza from Imo's Pizza, grapes
Total Money spent today $200.19
Cumulative Miles through today 3,230
Cumulative Time in car through today 56 hours 7 minutes