Monday limerick: Always head in the direction of your destination

When making a road trip selection,
Make sure you go in the right direction.
Take the road that is straighter
Else you’ll just get home later.
I say this for your own protection.

After returning from two weeks in Peru, Doc and I thought it’d be a fantastic idea to spend every single weekend in the proceeding month on a road trip. First, we drove to West Virginia to belatedly celebrate my brother’s ordination. The following weekend, we went to Atlanta to visit friends. This past weekend, we had a baby shower in Charlottesville, VA.

Looking at a map, you might think the drive to Charlottesville from Asheville would be relatively straight and logical. Alas, one must drive west across the mountains to Tennesee, then north and northeast, past Roanoke, before heading back east across the mountains again to Charlottesville. It’s about a six-hour drive, give or take, with stops.

Tired – both of being awake and of driving these road trips – I accidentally took the route east out of Charlottesville toward Richmond. 30-40 minutes into that drive, Doc decided to search the iPad for food options.

“Are you going the wrong way?” she asked. As if she expected me to say something like, “Yes, in fact, I decided it might be nice to drive home along the coast.”

But no. I was completely clueless to my mistake. Rule one of road trips – and a good life lesson in general – should go without saying:

Always head in the direction of your destination.

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