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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  • https://www.facebook.com/keltonk Kim Johnson Kelton

    be safe!

    • http://pinkbriefcase.wordpress.com pinkbriefcase

      Thanks!

  • http://gravatar.com/letssaygrace2012 letssaygrace2012

    Be glad you’re not coming from the west coast. I just found out that Hammer (high school friend) left San Diego Thursday at 7pm, got to H’ville a couple of hours ago.
    Hope you’re having a good drive now.

    • http://pinkbriefcase.wordpress.com pinkbriefcase

      Thank you Grace

  • http://awaywithwordsblogdotcom1.wordpress.com tonyroberts64

    I remember as a child putting a quarter in the pay toilet, but “$7.85 to go to the bathroom”? Highway robbery!!

    • http://pinkbriefcase.wordpress.com pinkbriefcase

      :)

  • http://anomadslife.wordpress.com My Nomad Life

    Can’t remember the last time I took such a long road trip!