We managed to bug out of Duncan, SC about 4:30 yesterday afternoon. Heading towards the SC-NC border on 85, we stopped for a quick tank up on dinosaur bones at exit 102 and then kept on truckin’. We made it all around Charlotte on 485 and then hit some pretty D.C.-esque traffic on the 485-77 merge.
I should seriously like to impale the incompetant civil engineer who designed this interchange. 5 lanes turns into 3 in about 150 feet, with thousands of insane Charlottians jockeying their F350 duallies for that spot ahead of you.
Above Moorseville traffic finally cleared out and we were able to maintain…some unknown constant velocity. The speedometer on my Dodge crapped out a few months ago, with the odometer preceeding its demise by a few more months. So we had no idea how fast we were going, or how far we’d gone. I wish I could say this was atypical of what I usually drive, but sadly, I can’t. At least the fuel gauge works.
Sometime around 8PM 77 merged with 81, and by about 9:30 the road weariness had set in so we decided to truck on to Lexington and call it a night. Lexington, one of a string of picturesque little towns north of Roanoke on I-81, is also the home to a spattering of colleges, so we figured food and libations would be available even at this late hour.
We were correct. I eased our rig (yes, a 22 foot long pickup hauling a backhoe and towing a 20 foot trailer does contitute a “rig”) around the narrow, ice covered, and fortunately empty streets until we found an open double spot. The Palms, apparently a very popular hangout for college aged persons of the frattish and sluttish persuasions, provided us with both draft beer and tasty burgers- Mine Hawaiian, hers Portabello. After dinner we found a suitably shady Best Western (at definitely un-shady prices) and dozed.
Today’s itenerary consists of finishing the trek to Sykeville, MD to visit some friends and deliver their backhoe to them, a day’s galavanting in the D.C.-Baltimore area, a trip to see an 8 wheeled race car I will be driving sometime in 2011, and dinner with the above-mentioned friends. We’ll spend the night there, and finish the trip up to Macedon Thursday.
Merry Christmas, and safe travels to all you other road warriors!