One last stop

For our last stop, we drove through South Carolina to North Carolina where we stopped for the night at Raleigh, visiting our last special guest star, Kate.

I surprised her by showing up at her door in full-cowboy:

We visited the Raleigh Museum of Science, which sponsored Kate’s recent paleo dig and where we got to peak at the lab where they are preparing the samples.  Then a couple of meals, a bit of shopping, and a grand time was had by all.

Then after one night in Raleigh, we hit the road for one last leg, got home, and the Great Confederate Road Trip was over.

Here’s the scorecard:

– 11 states traveled through: Virginia, Tennessee, Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida (briefly), Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia.

– Seven different hotel rooms in seven different cities: Nashville, Dallas, San Antonio, Austin, New Orleans, Atlanta, Raleigh.

– Around 4000 miles driven.  (I’m sitting here in the Lexus dealership waiting for maintenance to be done on my car – I’ve past 5000 miles on this car in record time.)

– 14 days total.

– We criss-crossed Virginia: we started on the Bay and drove west to the Tennessee border on the way out, came from the southern border to Northern Virginia on the way back.

– Two truly great meals (in Austin and New Orleans), lots of other good meals, lots of bad road food eaten.

– Four special guest stars (Lucy Kirkman, Andy Dzikiewicz, Jen Bon, Kate Dzikiewicz).

– An uncountable number of dead bugs splattered across the front of my car.

– Plenty of fun and good memories.

But all in all, I’m ready to be home for a while…

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