Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Boston to DC

We left Boston yesterday, headed for DC. For some reason, we had it in our minds that the trip would take 6 hours. It took about 12. Here's how.

First of all, I don't know where the 6-hour figure came from, but it wasn't correct to begin with. It's more like an 8-hour drive, so there was that.

Then there was the fact that we forgot that kids make everything take seven times as long than it would for two adults by themselves. Seriously, SEVEN TIMES AS LONG. Packing. Walking down to the car. Getting in the car. Programming Nigel the GPS (because you have to narrate everything you do to the 4-year-old in the backseat). Eating. Putting on mittens. You name it - it takes longer.


And then there was the poo. Oh, the poo. I've never had much of an opinion of Rhode Island before, but we sure formed some strong associations on this trip. We stopped in Providence to get some food and everyone (except me) seemed to suddenly feel the urge to empty their bowels. They all took it in turns, of course, so it used up the maximum amount of precious time that we could have been traveling. Jeremy went first and it took FOREVER (sorry, Jeremy, but you know it's true). Then Miriam piped up and said she had to go. She also took forever (see the seven times longer rule, above).

We were just about to hit the road again when, on a whim, I decided to check Magdalena's diaper, just in case. As I checked it, I got poo on my hand. Yes. Magdalena doesn't have blowouts very often anymore, but she had chosen this opportune moment to reintroduce the practice.

Forty-five minutes later, we were finally on our way again, just in time to hit massive traffic for the hundred miles or so before New York City. I'm not sure how the math works out, but somehow, the ETA on Nigel the GPS stayed the same for about three hours, even though we were on the road and "moving" (barely) the whole time. It was like we were stuck in some kind of travel death trap time warp, constantly still four hours away from our destination.

But we made it, after 12 hours on the road and only slightly worse (and slightly poopier) for the wear. I guess it could have been worse. I just don't want to know how.

16 comments:

AmandaStretch said...

Oh East Coast traffic. Such ridiculousness. Also, you can now laugh at your Utah and Arizona friends who complain about traffic, because really, it's not the same. Also, welcome to DC. :)

Amanda said...

Yeah, I could have told you about the 12 hours. We drove from DC to Boston last year and that sounds about right. Except for poo in Rhode Island, we got desperately lost in New Jersey. No Nigel for us. Also, I like how in Boston, normal traffic rules like, "don't park in the middle of the road" and, "don't drive on the wrong side of the road" don't apply.

Liz Johnson said...

I am convinced that blow-outs are more common while in the car. Something about sitting in a car seat must cause the poop to fly up the back and go everywhere. I'm so sorry. Poop on a road trip is the WORST.

Where are you staying in DC??? Say hi to Rockville, Maryland for me. :)

Bridget said...

And it's not just the traffic. You PAY for the privilege of being stuck in it. We spent $18 on tolls. Actually $20 because we made a wrong turn heading out of Boston and the toll dude on the toll rode we accidentally ended up on made us pay before giving us the correct directions.

Amber said...

I do not miss tolls! Jason and I took a weekend trip from NYC to DC and spent over $30 on tolls! Ridiculous! Oh, and the traffic. If you were stuck on the Cross Bronx (which you almost certainly were - it is nearly impossible to drive on that road without being in traffic) then you were about a stone's throw from my old apartment!

Craig said...

Regarding traffic--I was reminded how good we have it in Portland when last summer we spent a couple of hours stop and go through Los Angeles. Makes it ten times worse when you are in a hurry. At least in Portland you aren't faced with 60 miles of stop and go when you do encounter it.

Jennifer said...

Thank you, Craig! It took my husband almost three hours to drive 60 miles home from work yesterday (from LA to Orange County). That's worse than usual, due to Thanksgiving, but still! However, the comments make me grateful he didn't have to pay for the privilege in tolls!

Why are blow outs more common while you are traveling? I'm so sorry you had to deal with that!

Suzanne Bubnash said...

Sometimes PDX residents complain at how bad the traffic is here. I guess if that's your only measuring stick, it is. But I've been caught in way worse traffic in Seattle, LA, a number of Eastern cities, Phoenix, & even Boise, and all of those on multiple occasions which is evidence that it's likely the norm. Even in the 70s the Long Island Expressway was dubbed "the world's longest parking lot."

Bridget said...

Amber, I'm pretty sure we were right next to your apartment for a good 30 minutes. :)

Yes, traffic is all relative. I think (hope) Jennifer wins with 60 miles in three hours. Yikes.

Susanne said...

Sounds dreadful. I hate super-long trips that take way longer than expected. Of course it IS Thanksgiving.

Tolls...ugh. I used to hate going to WV as it was, but to *pay* to go somewhere I didn't want to go? Ugh again.

Anna said...

Something that is fun about your trips is that you never say where your final destination is. It keeps me in suspense. Will Bridget spend Thanksgiving in DC or will she keep going to one of the Carolinas? Tune in next time.

JackJen said...

A few things:

First, how come you went through Rhode Island? Going W on the Mass and down through Hartford tends to be a bit faster.

Second, whoever told you 6 hours has obviously never taken this drive. =) The fastest we've made it was 8 hours.

Third, Boston was lucky to have you this week. Seriously. We LOVED having you! You should come more often!

Hanitizer said...

Great Insight on traveling with kids...I do like road trips, but never taken one with kids on board. Hey at least you get to stop at every rest area, check out their beef jerky stand.

Nancy said...

Rachel chose our trans-Atlantic flight to reintroduce blowouts (yes, plural) last year. It didn't make the plane fly longer but it certainly made the trip seem longer to us...

Traveling with kids is...always interesting. :)

Bridget said...

Jen, it's because we went through Salem (Plimoth Plantation and the Mayflower) first. It took 12 hours from there.

Teresa Jane said...

There is no such thing as traffic out here. At least not on the freeway. I love it.

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