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Not Quite the Road Trip I Had in Mind

July 30th, 2018 at 03:10 pm

Well, I was longing for a road trip for the summer, but be careful what you wish for? We got the news Thursday that my 100-year-old aunt had died. We were very close when I was kid, and I took the train to visit them in Montana a couple of times. We saw her last fall for her 100th birthday party in Fargo, ND. This is also the week that DD and I were headed to northeastern MN with my Minneapolis girlfriends to spend time on the North Shore of Lake Superior. DD and I were also planning on a stop in Minneapolis for her tour of the University of Minnesota, an evening with friends with dinner and the theater.

It means a lot to all my family that we make the trek, so our revamped plans include leaving tonight after my class (ugh), stopping tomorrow morning at the U of M, driving to my brother's lake home in central MN, then the next morning to Fargo for the funeral. That afternoon we will drive across Minnesota to the North Shore where I will drink lots of wine and collapse in a heap. I hope we'll have great weather, can hike, reconnect with friends, and just enjoy life and being outside. We've tacked another day onto the end of the trip so we can use our theater tickets, but that means we will probably arrive back to Cheeseland just in time for me to teach next week's class.

As the North Shore part of this was planned as a girls' trip, and the logistics for DH to accompany us were headache-inducing, DD and I are on our own. We headed to the library Saturday, got an armful of audio books, and I'll pick up maps and other stuff today at AAA. I got an oil change and refilled my tires yesterday.

I was planning on leaving my car in the Twin Cities and driving up north with my girlfriends, but I can't see a way for that to happen. Glad I was able to rearrange the theater, but not looking forward to the drive. I probably should not have totaled the miles and times on Google maps. It's 23 hours and 46 minutes of driving and 1452 miles.

Lots of issues at work too. Hope to get those settled before I leave tonight.

5 Responses to “Not Quite the Road Trip I Had in Mind”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    We leave for the midwest in a few days. One way is 1280 miles! We are breaking it up into three days. I'm trying to look forward to it, but it's overwhelming in some respects. Safe travels!! May the memories of your grandma make the visit all the sweeter.

  2. CB in the City Says:

    Wow, that's a long road trip. But it's so important to make these family events, sad as they are. Safe travels, and my condolences on your loss.

  3. StressLess Says:

    My condolences. I'm glad you were able to get to the 100th birthday party. Have a safe trip!

  4. latestart Says:

    Safe travels. Sorry for your loss

  5. debtfreeme Says:

    Sorry for the loss; I hope you have a safe trip there and back.

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