Brothers Across America – Day 20

The drive from Pennsylvania westward wasn’t to difficult. Once you get past Ohio, you are just driving through some of the flattest parts of our great nation. On this day, we drove through five states: Pennsylvania, West Virginia (just the tip), Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois. It was quite a haul, and one of our longest driving days thus far, but not too bad in the long run.

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Brothers Across America – Days 16-19

This trip back to Connecticut was a little different than the one I experienced back in July, when I returned for a wedding. Feelings that I experienced last January as I was leaving the state came back to me, probably because I was in the same car and driving and all that. When I left last year, I knew I would be back to visit, especially since many of my closest friends continue to reside there, but I never expected to feel the way that I did.

It really hit me as I was driving around and showing Billy all the elements of my Connecticut life, the place where I spent the majority of my time during the ten years that I lived there. The only place we didn’t end up going was UConn, though the though had crossed my mind. As we drove by place after place, I felt parts of my life deleted forever, and it wasn’t a pleasant experience. Continue reading “Brothers Across America – Days 16-19”

Brothers Across America – Day 19

Leaving Connecticut was a bit rough; stopping by Mohegan Sun on the way out eased some of the burden. The trip beyond that was pretty inconsequential: got stuck in a bit of traffic heading into New York and the George Washington Bridge, Billy was amazed that we couldn’t pump our own gas in New Jersey, and we took probably the worst possible route and decided to stay in the middle of nowhere in Western Pennsylvania.

The plan was to try and meet up with some local friends; what happened is me being lame and not even getting in touch with them. This is among the many reasons why I can be a bad friend sometimes. I apologize to Josh, Nadine, and Jess for not at least trying to see you. Someday soon I will.

Driving through Southwestern Pennsylvania took me back to a time when I used to go to Northwestern PA quite often. Both look eerily similar, and driving down some of the roads was very familiar, though I have never been to the part of Pennsylvania where we were driving. Nevertheless, we arrived at the hotel without too much difficulty and just enjoyed having a bit more downtime than usual. On Sunday, we make a long drive towards Illinois, so that will be all sorts of fun.

Until next time…

Brothers Across America – Days 10-15

Figured now was as good as time as any to get back to writing these. As you may see, there are not any state sign pictures for our travels north to Connecticut. For anyone who doesn’t know, the route along I-95 North does not lend itself well to stopping at all the borders and getting pictures, so I elected not to do so, and didn’t do so again until we crossed into Indiana. 

We arrived in Virginia a little worse for wear. My car decided to have a few minor problems crop up along the way, and the drive from South Carolina to Virginia was pretty taxing because of the wind. But arriving in Arlington, where we were able to stay with my sister Jen, was a nice pause to the trip, allowing us to rest up and reset before continuing on.

We didn’t do a whole lot while in DC. I tried to write some, Billy studied a bit, but we generally just hung out. On Friday, I had the seemingly minor repairs made to Pamela at the local VW dealership, spending a bit more than expected in the process. Hopefully, she’ll be able to hold up the rest of the way as we make our way back across the country. Continue reading “Brothers Across America – Days 10-15”