Day one - 8/19
My alarm sounded off at 1:30am. Because I used an over-the-counter sleep aid the night before and went to bed at 8pm, I was well-rested and ready to rock. I had myself together and DD up and in the car by 2:15am. We left during a nasty thunder storm. I could have waited it out, but was to excited and left anyway. I was on 95 South by 2:35am and was hauling butt going South regardless of what Mother Nature was throwing at me. I was able to get to the Virgina welcome station by 6am.
We stopped at that point and checked in with DBF and my Mom who was freaking out that I left in a thunder storm as if it was my first day driving.:whistling I would like to call Virgina the state of crazy drivers and ninja cops. Holy lord they hide in bushes and I counted no less than twenty pulling people over on my way through the state. We stopped at the North Carolina rest station and had a lunchable and something to drink and were back on road in less than twenty minutes. I was on a mission to get to Orlando!
North Carolina goes on FOREVER!! I couldn’t wait to hit South Carolina’s welcome station. By this time my knees were stiff and not happy about sitting all this time, so I power walked around the rest station and allowed us a 30minute break before tackling South Carolina. Good thing I did this because this state also goes on FOREVER! I finally had to stop for gas after this state as well. DBF’s car is excellent on gas. I made it so far on one tank.
We approached Georgia by 2pm and were so exited at how fast we were making this drive. I had no intention of stopping for the night, so I am glad it was such a smooth drive. As we entered Florida at 4:15pm, things changed. We sat for a VERY long time behind a two-car accident that shut down two lanes. I didn’t hit I4 until 6pm. At this time I had DD pull up my Hotwire app on my phone and find us a hotel near WDW. We booked the East gate Ho-jo’s for $29.99 which was exactly $10 off it’s normal rate:closedeye I landed at the Ho-jo’s by 7:30pm. We checked in, dropped our over-night bag in the room and went straight to the Golden Corral and had dinner. We only ate lunchables and snacks in the car and at rest stations to save time and money, so we were starving by then. The Golden Corral was a hot mess. I felt like I had to fight for my food. NEVER again!!!
After dinner we went to the room, unpacked what we needed for the night, got showers and laid in bed wathcing New Moon. I don’t even know what time I fell asleep but the last time I looked at the clock it was 10pm.
End of day one.
Special note: I have no pictures at this time. DD is at her DBF’s already and has all the pictures! They will be loaded at the end.