The second best moment happened on day two of driving. We were barreling through Johnson City, Tennessee and T announced that he had to poop. We asked if he could hold it until we got to a bathroom and he said no problem. His bowel control is really something else for a three year old. At the next exit we pull into a BP station that looked pretty run down and I topped off the gas while Z hustled T into the men's room. As they stepped inside T, "It smells in here." Z, "Yup, it does." T, "It smells like animals in here." Z, "It kind of does." T, "Do you think there is a goat in here?" Z, "I don't know, maybe." T pointing at the toilet, "Maybe the goat is in the water." Z, "Maybe it is."
And finally, a thought about drivers in the south. I know Southerners are known for their hospitality and good manners, but they are assholes when it comes to left lane etiquette. We try to keep it about 10 miles over the speed limit. But a large section of the southern population clearly doesn't believe in speeding at all. They happily park themselves in the fast lane going 71 mph when the limit is 70 mph. And they will. not. fucking. get. over. I started narrating their thoughts to Z in a tragically bad southern accent, "Seventy one miles an hour is quite enough! Where do you have to be? I'm just saving you from yourself! You don't want to get a ticket do you?" On the drive to Winston-Salem from Asheville Z cruised up behind a car and it immediately moved into the right lane. Z and I were speechless. As we drove by I noticed the licence plate. It was Ohio. You know, where they understand driving etiquette.
My wonderful friends K&R surprised me with cupcakes from Cappellino's Crazy Cakes in Charlottesville, VA as an early birthday present. They were delicious!
The rolling Blue Ridge Mountains in Tennessee.
This was well into the second day of driving. I couldn't believe T was still smiling. He and C were rock stars on the trip.
The birthday girl during the big celebration up in the mountains.