Third week on the road – Summary
Not much driving this week, which is awesome! I spent most of my time in Chattanooga with old friends. Not that my friends are old, but I have known them a long time. My days consist of relaxing, socializing, and not much else. As well as all the people I am visiting with there have been a whole lot of animals. I think I may start a section where I highlight some of the dogs, cats, bunnies, etc that I get to hang out with along the way.
Its been seven years since I was in Chattanooga last, and 12 since I was here in summer time. Yesterday was the first day of spring but it sure feels like summer compared to how Boston was just two weeks ago. The snow piled on the sides of the road in Boston were crazy high. I complain about how the winter was in Chicago, but I am sure glad I was not in Boston this year.
Chattanooga has changed a lot since I was here last. I am impressed with the amount of space devoted to people. There seems to be so much going on and everyone is out enjoying the weather and their surroundings. We walked along the Walnut Street Bridge, aka Walking bridge, which crosses the Tennessee river. The walk started on the north side of the river in Renaissance park and crosses the bridge to the art gallery. Lots of great views from this bridge.
Another great thing about Chattanooga is the great restaurants. I ate out a few times and was never disappointed in the slightest. The food was great, with restaurants supplying local micro-brews that were delicious. Also some of the friendliest servers and staff I could want.
One of the places I never thought I would ever eat was Chuck E. Cheese’s. I really enjoyed playing the games with my hosts children in order to get coupons However the place was not all fun and games. I had once heard that it smells like small sweaty children, and I am here to confirm that this is indeed the case.
After Chattanooga I started heading down to Lakeland Florida. The trip was too long to make in one day of driving so I found an Airbnb that was about half way. It ends up there is only one place to stay in the area and it is the home of Krystal.
As soon as I arrived Krystal made me feel right at home. She showed me around the place and told me to make my self comfortable as she was going for a jog. I settled right in, got my wireless connection and proceeded to upload photos and relax and catch up on my Clash of Clans after a 6 hour drive.
Later that evening Krystal and I met her brother and girlfriend at a local restaurant and hung out for a bit. As far as Airbnb’s go I could not have asked for a better place and a better host. The bed was king size and so darned comfortable. I plan to stay one more night with Krystal when I am on my way to New Orleans. Her place is not exactly on the way, but the small detour will be worth the minor inconvenience of a slightly longer drive.
Highlights of the week
Sushi with Emiliano and Varinia at Totto Sushi.
Desert at The Hot Chocolatier
I did eat at Waffle House as I was leaving Valdosta. The service was great, but the food was greasy, and also a small portion. I guess next time I will try IHOP…
- Number of states entered = 3
- Number of beds slept in = 3
- Total distance = 998 Miles
- Total expenses;
- Transportation = $101
- Accommodations = $39
- Food = $190
- Other = $7