Well this has been a hell of a week! I decided to call my son on Monday night and suggest I came to pick him up. He lives in Jacksonville NC and Florence was making a bee line for him. Surprisingly he agreed without a fight so I left at 6am Tuesday morning to drive down. It was a very stressful drive for once as there was very heavy rain on the way and a lot of uncertainty. The news reports were all about state of emergency and mandatory evacuation and I was quite afraid I wouldn’t be allowed through. There were also reports of no gas etc in N.C. I took two five gallon Jerry cans with me so I could at least get out of the state. I managed to fill up at Skippers in VA – 4 miles from the North Carolina state line which was great – ‘Loves’ rock! I had also stopped and got cases of water, bread and non perishable snack stuffs for people who were staying.
It was quite daunting seeing pretty much solid traffic heading north on I95 from Washington through to Rocky Mount NC and then across state to Jacksonville. I was worrying about traffic heading home because it was literally at a standstill.
At this point I’m going to give a plug to an app I swear by. There’s a navigation app called Waze. I’ve used it in both the UK and Ireland as well as the US and Canada so it’s very widespread. It knocks Garmin and TomTom out of the park! It’s interactive so if there are delays ahead it will re route you. You can enter if there’s heavy traffic,accidents, stuff on the road, bad weather – police! It’s got me out of many a potential ticket! I truly can’t recommend it highly enough. Obviously people had plugged in heavy traffic heading out of NC so it routed me across country on backroads on the way back which was fabulous! I did get stuck on I95 out of N.C. back to Virginia but then got off and hit smaller roads across to West Virginia and I81 which saved us a lot of time. It still took us 20 hours to get home though.
I’d offered rides to several of my sons friends and the majority had evacuation plans already – I’d have brought them home with me otherwise! There was one idiot planning on staying and she was ‘fine’ because she had vodka and cigarettes. One should always have priorities I guess..
I got there in 13 hours and we were back on the road within half an hour. I gave one of my Jerry cans away and the food and water and off we took.
The whole journey was 33 hours and 1,600 miles long. I was a dead duck Wednesday afternoon when we got back!
Yesterday we had Primaries here in NY and I was inspecting at the local elections all day. The polls closed at 9pm but there’s a lot of work afterwards so it was ten pm before I got home and then I had to be up again at 4am to be in Rochester for 6:30am for an MRI! That didn’t go too well so I’ll make that a separate post!
It’s good to be home though!