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  • Road Trip to SW Florida: Day 1

    Cars are packed. Directions printed. Snacks ready. CD on blast. 1719 miles to Estero, FL.

    After a lot of time spent preparing for our trip, my wife and I began this afternoon and will arrive at our final destination by Thursday night. My wife begins her new job in Naples on the 7th and I will start to workout at the Twins complex on the same day.

    Today we drove from the Twin Cities to Beloit where we are staying with my host family from the season, the Hatchs. They are some of the nicest people I have ever met and we were excited to stop at their home.
    Within 30 minutes we had exited Minnesota. The drive was fairly uneventful as we only stopped once to get gas.

    The ironic image of the day was the water tower in DeForest, WI. It appears to be protesting the large trees behind it.

    As they did throughout the entire season, the Hatchs cooked a big dinner for my wife and I. We had prime rib and cheesy potatoes, quite the meal after a day of driving.

    Tomorrow we will drive through the entire state of Illinois, part of Kentucky and through Tennessee until we get to Chattanooga, where we will stay the night. We plan to check out a miniature Washington Monument and Supermanís hometown, among other things.

    I will be tweeting pictures of some of our stops (@apettersen1) and will blog the happenings when we get to our hotel.

    Hope everyone had a good New Year's Day!
    This article was originally published in blog: Road Trip to SW Florida: Day 1 started by AJPettersen
    Comments 8 Comments
    1. MWLFan's Avatar
      MWLFan -
      I have made that trip quite a few times heading down to Disney with the kids. If you get time in Chattanooga the Incline railroad there up to Lookout Mountain is kind of cool. Be safe driving.
    1. Parker Hageman's Avatar
      Parker Hageman -
      +1 on the photo.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Took me a minute on the photo, but then I did literally Laugh Out Loud. Looking forward to installment #2. That's a lot of miles to cover!
    1. JB_Iowa's Avatar
      JB_Iowa -
      Fun post. Have a safe trip.

      I thought the water tower was referring to what was behind it not to what should happen to what was behind it!
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      According to his twitter feed, he and his wife got an early start from Beloit this morning. If you don't follow AJ on Twitter, you should do so and follow him from Minneapolis to Ft. Myers.

    1. TCBurgerGuy's Avatar
      TCBurgerGuy -
      My wife and I just did that drive at the end of Sept/end of Aug. We were amazed at how nice TN is so be ready with your camera. Also, see if you can spot a Waffle House along the way. It's the opposite of Where's Waldo. Drive safely!
    1. Thrylos's Avatar
      Thrylos -
      Congrats on the job and enjoy the move.
    1. ssmart's Avatar
      ssmart -
      Sorry to lose you and your wife from here in Rochester. Remember us fondly friend.
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