Live blog of road trip for your personal enjoyment. Refresh for updates.

9:45 AM Leo in the car, meowing but feeling his special snack. On the road.

10:53 AM south mountain welcome center has fantastic bathrooms.

11:02 AM the mix CDs become essential during traffic.

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11:35 AM goodbye Maryland and hello Pennsylvania!

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11:59 AM Getting on the Pennsylvania Turnpike and it is our first toll.

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12:30 PM (ish) Allegheny Mountain Tunnel.

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12:32 PM Inside the tunnel.

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1:12 PM Pay $7.85 to go to the bathroom at a combo McDonalds/Co-Go. Then back on the Turnpike.

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And Kristen takes the wheel at 1:15 PM.

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Entering Pittsburgh at 1:46.

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Meanwhile at home, H and friends finish loading the truck and close the door for the last time. See you later, #101.

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Squirrel Hill Tunnel at 1:59 PM.

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2:20 PM surprise visit with Kristen’s aunt, uncle, another aunt, and cousins.

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What a cutie!

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3:30 PM Primanti Bros. sandwiches — holy cow delicious.

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4:12 PM Oops, wrong turn. Thanks a lot, Tom Tom. Back on the road with 439 miles left to go.

5:27 PM Lordstown, Ohio.

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5:58 Holy caffeine, Batman! Triple grande peppermint mocha and 13 gallons of gas in the tank. 345 miles to go.

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7:38 PM Start to lose it. Saved by a friendly text message.

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9:25 PM Finally out of Ohio and in Kristen’s home state. First thing we see is a semi-truck full of camels.

11:18 PM We finally made it to the hotel!

7:27 AM Welcome to Chicago!!!

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