Michigan is VERY far from Washington DC, which is why we wanted to get an early start for our drive to #minionthemack2015. Brandy was the furthest away, but she arranged to ride home from happy hour the day before and spend the night at Ali’s house. That made me the furthest out! I’d been working in Tallahassee and wasn’t due to fly into Baltimore until late the night before. Originally, I’d agreed to meet Brandy, Mark and Ali at their house at 7 AM, but because I was super excited to hit the road, I suggested we back that up to 6 AM. I didn’t take into account the amount of time I’d spend driving home from Baltimore, unpacking, repacking, and loading the car. That’s probably why I set my alarm for 6 and then took my time rolling out of bed!
Ali called me at 6:15 to ask if I was up yet and reminded me the meeting time was 6 AM and I suddenly remembered that I was the one who pushed the time up! I grabbed my shit and managed to carry it all down four flights of stairs in one trip without tripping. I sent my ETA to Ali on Waze, put the top down and zipped out of the parking lot. I cut a lot of corners and may have exceeded a few speed limits, but I was at her house by 6:30.
Our next stop was at Alex’s house. We were supposed to meet him and Melissa there at 7 AM. Those of you who know me understand that I hate to be late, so I may have exceeded
all of the a few posted speed limits, but I did make it to Alex’s house at 6:59!
Ali and Mark transferred their stuff to Melissa’s car and then Alex decided to drive his own car. Mark decided to ride with him instead of in Melissa’s Countryman. I just wanted coffee! We left and as Alex drove past Starbucks I asked Brandy where he was going (she always knows what’s going on). Brandy said Alex had mentioned gas (but I didn’t need any yet) so I quickly pulled a U-turn and whipped into the Starbucks lot. Melissa pulled in behind me. She wasn’t sure what was going on, but she needed coffee too!
We got our coffees and we all went back out to the car where we learned Alex had also gone to the bank. That was fine with me since it gave me time to apply my lips and eyelashes. Finally everyone was ready and we headed out to our final stop, a gas station at Point of Rocks to meet Rey as well as Krystal and German (and their teenagers).
They were waiting for us when we arrived. Everyone there filled their tanks and we took off. Our first destination was Troy, just north of Detroit.
We made it through Maryland and into Pennsylvania and that part took forever!
Pennsylvania is a VERY long state. We stopped for lunch at a Panera somewhere in Pennsylvania and then drove through the rest of it.
Not long after we got to Ohio we picked up a stray MINI heading in the same direction. It joined our caravan and when we stopped at a rest area, we all got out to chat! Linda and Andy Hartman from Pittsburg were also on their way to #minionthemack2015! Their red MINI was super cute with white dots and bonnet stripes.
Linda and Andy were driving straight thru so they headed out and we continued on our way.
As we neared Detroit we picked up a couple more MINIs.
They stayed with the group as they took off for the restaurant where we were meeting some friends from Detroit Tuned but Brandy and I detoured to the hotel because we wanted to check in and freshen up before dinner. Also, the Embassy Suites offers a reception each night and it’s important to stay hydrated.
When we got back to the restaurant we were late, but they still hadn’t seated our party so we stood around and chit chatted with everyone for a while. Brandy and Melissa and I were eager to get back to our hotel room and relax so we decided to skip the dinner and go back to the hotel.
When we got back we ordered some sandwiches and a bottle of wine. Things were going swell until the super helpful waiter came back to refill our glasses. He accidentally knocked the bottle over and a lot of it ended up on my white Passport MINI tshirt.
He felt really bad and brought the manager over who offered to dry clean it and have it ready for me the next afternoon. I explained we were driving north at 8 AM so they took the wine off our bill and brought us a massive slice of chocolate cake.
We took the remaining wine and cake up to our room to avoid any other spills and then Rey arrived. He was staying in our living room so we polished off the wine and called it a night. Besides, we were all eager to get to the #minionthemack2015 and wanted to sleep while we could!