This year my summer vacation will start in Atlanta when I meet up with over 1,500 of my favorite people and their awesome cars! Mini Takes the States starts on July 9, but I’m already on my way. It’s a long drive from Chicago to Atlanta, so I decided to get an early start by maximizing my holiday weekend and visiting friends and family along the way.
My first drive was a doozie, from my house in Chicago to my sister’s house in Crystal City. I got up early, put the top down, and set out. It was a glorious day in the upper sixties with lots of sunshine.
The first stop I made was a random rest area in Indiana. They had a lot of options, but it wasn’t very pretty.
I got back on the road. I was enjoying A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore and the beautiful sunshiney day when I happened to notice that the rubber molding Passport MINI replaced a couple of months ago was flapping wildly in the wind. I stopped in Ohio to try to find some duct tape for emergency repairs.
When I couldn’t find any I moved on to Pennsylvania. They didn’t have any either so I unpacked my boot and dug around in my decal collection and found some clear contact paper and scissors.
I got back on the road and continued on to Maryland which had the prettiest rest area of the day.
I arrived at my sister’s house just in time for dinner! Sadly she wasn’t home so I had to fend for myself.
Six states and the District of Columbia in less than 12 hours. Great practice for my pending cross-country trip, no? Tuesday after work I’ll set out on my next leg, a quick jaunt down the coast to Sandbridge, VA!