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I've finally arrived in California from my cross country trip. And to my beautiful readers I must apologize. As much fun as a solo trip can be, it also involves tons of work - especially when it is a relocation trip. So I know I am way behind on the travel section of my blog. I promise I have lots more to share about this fabulous journey across our beautiful United States of America. Although I traveled with few possessions, unpacking, organizing and getting settled does take some time. I will catch up soon!
However tonight I am thinking about money...it started with a comment made by one of my lovely former students on Facebook tonight:
If there was one thing I never had to do again, it would be to never have to pay another bill. Ever.
I feel fortunate that I am able to extend my cross country journey long enough to visit some of America’s great cities. Since I hadn’t spent much time in the South in recent years, Nashville seemed a perfect place to take a rest break. Even more exciting was the fact that I was able to spend MY BIRTHDAY in the country music capital. Thanks to a friend’s hospitality, I had a place to crash not far from everything I wanted to see.
However, I was able to squeeze in so much stuff into 24 hours, that this post is divided into two parts! Part 1 begins August 17th...the night before more my birthday and continues through lunch on August 18th...
I've driven across country twice, but today started my grand adventure making the journey solo. After kissing the SigO goodbye, we headed off in different directions for the first time in years! (Note: His journey across country starts in the beginning of November.)
Heading on I-66W to I-81S proved to be an absolutely beautiful drive. Sadly there were no scenic overlook quick stops so I wasn't able to get pictures of the:
However, if you picture every breathtaking country postcard in existence, you get the general idea!
Aside from the lack of overlook points, the ride was an easy one on well-maintained roads, with not a ton of traffic. If I had more time, I would have checked out the multiple Virginia wineries advertised on billboards along the roadway. Perhaps on a future trip!
Around lunchtime I made it to:
Finding a yummy place to eat while on the road can be a difficult challenge. Finding one that offers vegan options can be like finding a needle in a haystack.
My first day of traveling across country had beautiful weather, and awful traffic. A supposedly 12 hour driving day turned into a 16 hour driving slugfest. Around 3:30 in the afternoon, finding something to eat was more than a necessity, it had become a morale-boosting imperative!
Typing in the word "Vegan" into the Yelp app can be hit or miss. (Seriously Yelp, as much as I love your app, offering french fries does not count as a "vegan friendly" restaurant.) However when I switched to map mode, the very next exit we were approaching (the SigO was with me on this day, although for the rest of the trip I would be driving alone), showed a restaurant whose online menu proved promising: Kitchen 519 in Glendora, NJ.
Samantha Eve, a