Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Radar Love

We drove to visit friends in Mississippi last week. We always drive rather than fly and it’s really not a bad trip to make. There are absolutely no tolls, unlike our jaunts to Maine where it gets a little costly.

The trip takes a total of 16 1/2 hours and we break it up in two days. Some scenes from the road are what I’m sharing here today.


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Atlanta, Georgia. One of the few photos I took on the way there. This is one of my favorite cities to drive past because it feels as if you’re driving right through it.


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Heading home – Alabama in the early morning on Rte. 65 N, coming up on the bridge that spans the Mobile River.


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A friend told me once that the locals call it the Dolly Parton Bridge.


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“My biggest wish is for a new toy just like Bella has.”

I’m sure he was thinking that.


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Sunrise in Greensboro, North Carolina.


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Later that morning, it began to pour. It rained buckets for what seemed like hours and then it tapered off when we hit Richmond.


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Richmond, Virginia.


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You can see the top of old Main Street Station along I-95 in Richmond.

A better photo is here.

Main Street Station, Richmond


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When we drive, my husband is in charge of the music. I can put on whatever I want, but it’s easier to just let him do his thing. He likes finding local radio stations and all I can say is that it’s a good thing that we have similar tastes.

There is nothing worse than getting in an argument in a car on a long road trip.Well, of course there are worse things, but you get my drift.

On the trip home, we listened to classic rock which is something I rarely ever do. Out od sheer boredom, I made a list of some of the music I listened to from state to state as we headed north for home.

Radar Love – Golden Earring; Skateaway – Dire Straits; Freebird – Lynyrd Skynyrd; Peaceful Easy Feeling – Eagles; Landslide – Fleetwood Mac; Cumberland Blues – The Grateful Dead; Fortunate Fool – Jack Johnson; Folsom Prison Blues – Johnny Cash; In My Life – The Beatles; My Sharona – The Knack.

We also really like listening to ‘Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me’ on NPR.

Not that you really needed to know all this information.


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Finally, we come to Baltimore, Maryland and we’re nearly home.

Unfortunately, right after I took this photo we got stuck in a massive traffic jam on I-95. We ventured off after about a half hour where we travelled a single mile, taking Rte. 40 only to get a few miles down that road when we got stuck in more traffic due to the highway being flooded. Someone told us about a back route to get around the flooding and that saved us even more waiting.


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For the record, I’d like to state that George is the best dog ever when it comes to travelling.


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Until tomorrow, my friends . . .

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Nancy Grossi ~ Churned In Cali ~ The Wife of a Dairyman said...

I must say, George DOES seem like the best little traveler! What a sweetie:) Love all your photos...and so clear, even through your vehicle window!

Hilary said...

I am an NPR junkie....I LOVE Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me.
I also love Prairie Home Companion. My husband thinks I'm weird.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing your photography. I hope to someday take pics as nice as yours. And George is just beautiful!
Radar Love - Golden Earring ;-)

Country Girl said...

Thanks, Anon. I always get it confused with BTO's Taking Care of Business.

~ C.G.

Michelle said...

I love your travelogues and your dog and your photos and your frankness. Keep 'em comin'!

Michelle said...

P.S. Public radio is all I ever listen to in my car!

Bluebird49 said...

My husband is the "music guy" when we travel--by which I mean-- listen to the music he likes or we don't listen.And listening keeps him calmer on the road...so I just plug the iPod in and get it going, and then I read and try to ignore it. If I didn't have his music on my iPod, I'd be listening to my audiobooks on it. :(
Yes--45 years of marriage will make you admit defeat, Lady! ;)
I didn't see a picture of your hubby in the car, but the "other guy" in there SURE is a cutie! He must love to ride.

Bluebird49 said...

ps--all in all--the music you listened to wasn't all that bad!

Patti said...

LOve your blog and your beautiful pics and most of all the great dog of yours!! Where can I find one just like him!!!

Lili said...

Road trips. We know them well, and yes, why IS it that Maine has to have so many toll booths! George looks so comfortable and you can tell he adores being with you two. xo ~Lili

Anonymous said...

Just missed you.....I would have driven out to I-85 if I'd of known....hope you had fun...smiles.

Low Tide High Style said...

Looks and sounds like a perfect trip! George is such a good boy, I love your photos as always, and In My Life is one of my favorite Beatles songs!

Kat :)

P.S. So glad George's wish came true!

beth said...

when we drive to florida, it's about the same amount of time....and actually i don't mind it.

i think it takes special couples {and their dogs} to be able to travel that far together....

but for the record, i'm in charge of the music :)

Anonymous said...

Driving always makes me sleepy... think I'll hop in the back with George and snuggle up for a nap. Wake me when we're home, please.

Cloudia said...

esp love that dawn glow windshield shot...and anything with dear George (the BEST dog)
Thanks for taking me on a road trip; can;t do that in the middle of the Pacific!

Aloha from Waikiki;

Comfort Spiral
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Reena said...

I just love that George ...
(and I enjoyed your views on the trail)

GailO said...

Fortunately Mr O and I usually like the same music too...unless it is the third hour in a row of reggae which tends to all sound the same by then!

Love listening to Wait, wait don't Tell Me!

The Weaver of Grass said...

Thank you for that tour - and Baltimore - I love it and would love to come back one day - I found it so vibrant. Yes - George did get that toy - and I am sure it was your way of saying Good Boy for being such a good traveller.

Daryl said...

that was fun I am glad you found a way round the flooding .. GAH .. Sunday was indeed the wettest day evah .. this Sunday is supposed to be lovely and I cant wait to see you (and the rest of y'all)

Gone Country said...

Great city pics of your travels!

George is just adorable and so photogenic!

sharon said...

Sounds like you had a great time. and George too! The drive to Mississippi is a beautiful one. Of course my route is a little different than yours. good friends are always worth the trip!

Kay said...

Those pictures of George are way too cute. He is such a darling. My two dogs are horrible when it comes to riding in a car.

The JR said...

I wish my old girl would travel well.

George is such a sweet guy.

Unknown said...

ahh we love to go on rides. Just did a ride (again) from southern utah to northern utah, 5 hours each way. Most often we don't even turn the radio on...we just like to talk....even after 41 years we still have stuff to talk about...lol but for the record...i love to listne to the oldies...i have a "pandora" radio station on my computer at work i listen to all day long....70's oldies lol. BTW you pics are beautiful.

WPgirl said...

Your wonderful pictures and posts are what keeps us hangin out with you. Thanks so much for sharing.

Debra said...

So close, yet so far. On your way through ATL I wish you would have stopped to see me. I am minutes off I85, a quick hop and skip and a stop for lunch. On your next pass through ATL please let's finally meet in person. It would be lovely to meet you, hubs, and George. Our Kady, Dianora and Teddy would keep George well occupied while their doting parents watch and talk.

Kerri Farley said...

He looks like the best dog ever - period!
what a sweetie!

Donna S. said...

You were close to my youngest son & family!! They live in Roswell, GA just north of ATL

Mental P Mama said...

So much fun. I65 is my highway;) And, Richmond? Do you know how tantalizingly close you were to...everyone???? Welcome back!

My Farmhouse Kitchen said...

enjoyed my peek of the east coast...i haven't been in so long...when we went to get Teddy...it was a 17 hour round trip...almost to the mexican border !!! we had NO IDEA where we were going...but it was worth every delicious mile..i would have walked if i had to to get him !!!!!

enjoyed my visit here with you today....as i always do...always a pleasure...

sending love and a hug to george

kary and teddy

Ladylisabear69 said...

Growing up, the rule in the car was "Whoever drives picks the music", which is why I love country and am not a fan of classical. My husband and I have enough similar likes that if one of us picks the music we are usually both happy. Keeping the 5 year old happy is another story. But XM Radio and Pandora work well for us. My father and sister love NPR.

As for all of that traffic, that is why we use more mileage but skip the tolls and traffic by going out to Harrisburg, PA, and down to NC from there. Going through Baltimore and DC can add hours to an already long trip.

George is adorable.

mrs mediocrity said...

oh my. my parents have a boston terrier that is completely obsessed with playing fetch with a rubber toy. i mean completely obsessed, it's what she lives for.
dogs just crack me up. and so does george's new toy.

Linda said...

Love that George!

Deb said...

looks like a nice trip...except for the traffic jam....

Gail said...

I would not be a good travel parner. Good for George.
At least you got to see some cool sights.

SuzieQ said...

You saw more of the sunrise in Greensboro than I ever do and I live there....confirmed night owl..if I should see the sunrise it's because I haven't hit the sack yet.

SuzieQ said...

You saw more of the sunrise in Greensboro than I ever do and I live there....confirmed night owl..if I should see the sunrise it's because I haven't hit the sack yet.

jgrimsley said...

I learned how to drive on I 85. Heading home from college I'd always hit this one stretch of the interstate and see the skyline-I knew I was home.

Love the pictures of George-he's a great traveling companion!