Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Safe in Savannah

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Because I know you were all worried about me ... yes, mother, I successfully made it to Savannah, Ga., as planned. Pulled into the Fairfield Inn Savannah-Hilton Head Airport hotel at 9:30 p.m.

Today's exploits took a bit longer than I (or AAA or Google Maps) anticipated -- 11 1/2 hours to drive 589 miles, to be precise -- but the increased time was a direct result of those four traffic jams between NoVa and Richmond, plus a couple of not-so-quick stops along the way to get food, use the facilities, update the blog and respond to emails.

In all honesty, though, it really wasn't as tough as I thought it would be. The way the first leg crawled along, I was starting to panic. But really, from Richmond south it was smooth sailing, no problems whatsoever. Not much traffic. No weather issues. Only a handful of cops along the side of the road.

And yes, I'm kicking myself for not stopping at "South of the Border." From the looks of it as I sped past at 75 mph, it's quite a sight. Looks like it could qualify for its own zip code. Alas, I just didn't have time to pull over. Hopefully I can plan that out better on the way back and spend some quality time with Pedro and Co. (My favorite of the, oh, 127 billboards touting this place over a span of 175 miles: "Pedro's forecast: Chili today, hot tamale." Maybe I could get a job writing cheesy slogans for those guys.)

And with that, it's time to settle in for the night, watch the tail end of tonight's Olympics coverage and get some much-needed shut-eye. Savannah-to-Viera tomorrow, and with any luck I'll be talking to some real, live baseball players sometime in the afternoon.

10 comments:

Anonymous8 said...

Congrats on making it to your Day 1 destination in Savannah!

Anonymous said...

True Fact: Federal Reserve Chair Ben Bernanke is from Dillon, S.C., home of South of the Border. (so is my Sister-in-law)

Sec314

Anonymous said...

On the way back give Zaxby's (chicken) a try.

Anonymous said...

Mark - You are doing what many of us wish we could. Please post often and in detail. If you can, take pics of your stops and at ST and post them for us to enjoy. We can only live vicariously through you.

NattyLite said...

next year you should organize a nats blogosphere spring training road trip...shenanigans and great nats coverage would ensue

natsfan1a said...

Ohhh, so *that's* what the Pedro talk was all about. I thought maybe it related to either Napoleon Dymanite or a certain pitcher.

Glad to hear that you made it okay. Now, would it kill you to send your mother a virtual postcard once in a while? :-)

NattyLite, I'm guessing that highjinks would ensue as well.

Anonymous said...

Maybe I'll come wake you and share a breakfast.....nah, I've got to go swimming this morning, enjoy your brief stay and be nice to the natives....JT in SC

Nats Fan said...

I'm not your mother, but I am your 2nd cousin once-removed in-law. Glad to hear you made it. I'm in Tampa for the day, need me to do some forward reconnaissance?

MikeHarris said...

THIS IS YOUR WAKE UP CALL! GET UP, GET MOVING. THAT CAR ISN'T GOING TO GET ITSELF TO VIERA.

JohninMPLS said...

I have a Pedro snow globe at my cube. Cracks me up.

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