Ok, I know, I am nine days late getting this out. No valid excuse. But, here I am finally posting more of my trip…in case anyone is still interested, and if nothing else, I write this for myself.
After selecting my breakfast choices from the hotel’s continental breakfast bar I ate in my room while watching some of the Today Show. Then it was time to pack up, make my travel cup of Starbucks Italian Roast extra bold instant coffee for the road.
Destination this day was a hotel in Bear, Delaware for the overnight rest. It was a long drive including through D.C., some toll booths, over bridges, and through a tunnel or two before arriving around 6:20pm. As I entered the lobby there was a musty smell, and what smelled like body odor! I wanted a first floor room, but told the hotel was booked out for the weekend (this was a Thursday evening), so my room was on the 3rd floor. By the way, this hotel was not in a great area and the only visible nearby place to get a meal was across the highway. If I had only arrived before 6pm I could have cancelled my booking at no cost. So I had to stay there. I got to my room and found it hot and smelly from the heat. I had to turn on the AC full blast for it to cool down and get rid of the smell, which took about an hour. I had hoped to relax that night by watching the season finale of Touch. Wouldn’t you know, they were having issues with their cable and three of the stations were not working. Of course, the one I wanted to watch was one of them. Eventually I feel asleep on the little couch.
This was the final day to reach the end of my 1,000 plus miles with many stops for potty breaks, stretching my legs, getting gas, and the occasional meal. I am grateful to Laurie Buchanan’s blog Speaking from the Heart post about her favorite writing tool, her squishy buns. http://holessence.wordpress.com/2012/05/22/squishy-buns-my-favorite-writing-tool/ It was just what I needed for such a long drive. I went to www.gelcoproducts.com and purchased one of their Gel Seats. What a great product. It helped me to sit straighter and more comfortably. And, for the first time after sitting in the car for long periods I did not feel stiff at all when I got out.
Yippee, this was the day to arrive at my real destination…the Rowe Camp & Conference Center in the Berkshire Mountains for the weekend writers’ retreat/workshop. Registration was 4-7 PM on this Friday, June 1st. With hors d’oeuvres starting at 6 PM I wanted to be there in time to get settled and join in the networking and snacks J Do you think it was food on my mind?
I made it up the mountain, arriving at Rowe Camp & Conference Center just before 5 PM.