Saturday, June 21, 2008
JSIFS: Day Two (Florence, KY to Atlanta, GA)
Day Two: Florence KY to Atlanta GA
Miles Covered: Non-stop travel from 8:22 a.m. to 6:38 p.m., followed by dinner at Tony Carino's in College Park.
Weather Outside of Van: Fair to moderate; heavy traffic congestion in some parts of 75. Brief patch of stormy weather.
Weather Inside of Van: Amazingly temperate. Thank God.
(Pictured, top row L2R: Pat Gohn, Heidi Saxton, Kate Wicker, Sarah Reinhard, Stan Williams. Bottom row L2R: Tracy "Sister Spitfire", Baby Wicker, Lisa Hendey, Sweetie Wicker, and Mary Kochan. Not pictured: Two little girls who shall remain nameless, and who were singlehandedly attempting to level the place after ten hours in the car. Also the very tall Italian Margarita I was sipping all night to fortify me for the night ahead.)
Today was undoubtedly the most difficult day of travel that we have planned this week. Not counting potty breaks and leg-stretching opportunities, we were on the road ten hours today. Thankfully, the kids took a good nap in the mid-afternoon, which gave them energy for our get together that evening.
Blogging is a lot like online dating: You get to know someone really well (ideally) on the inside before you get to match up their outsides with their insides. After three years of working with these talented, articulate ladies (and Stan too, of course, though not as long), it was a tad surreal to have a chance to actually meet these women: Kate Wicker and Tracey "Sister Spitfire," Mary Kochan and Pat Gohn ... and, of course, Lisa Hendey. Each of us had successes and opportunities to share.
By the time dinner was over, the girls were bouncing off the walls, so we had to call it a night without breaking open the pound cake. At least in public. When we got back to the room, however ... well, that was something out. We broke out the good tea and poundcake and fancy teacups, and debated breaking out the Mikes as well ... But then, there IS such thing as too much of a good thing!