State College, Pennsylvania.

For the past two weeks the plan has been that on Friday Earl would meet me at work and we would leave on a weekend adventure. The target destination has been Virginia Beach for this particular weekend. We have done is weekend jaunt in the past; it’s a good way to get away from the chill of Central New York that is so prevalent this time of year.

Earl met me at work on cue Friday afternoon. It was then that he informed me that he had received word of some major changes at his work that would be taking place on Monday. We needed to stop at his office in Scotia to pick up some binders. No worries, we did just that and continued the ride.

As he perused the binders as I drove, I could sense that his business wheels we turning. He made a few calls and got things in order for Monday. At our first stop I said, “you’re concerned that we’re going to get home too late on Sunday.”

I was right.

“Why don’t we just go for a ride this weekend and see where we end up, with an earlier target time for home on Sunday?”. I assured him there would be no disappointment.

We spent the night in southern Jersey. I’ve never really been a fan of the congestion along the east coast, so this morning we turned westward and started following the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

Now I love America’s first superhighway because of its historical value. Driving along the turnpike does not give you the same feeling of disconnection from the rest of the world like the rest of the interstate system does because of the narrow right of way of the highway. Plus, the tunnels are wicked cool.

We made a few stops here and there but had a pleasant drive all the way to Bedford, where we decided to turn north so we’d be about five hours from home for our drive tomorrow.

We are in the lovely city of State College, Pa. I always add “P A” to a Pennsylvania destination; this is a holdover from my days of living along the border in Jamestown. It’s just what we do.

We went to a local pub and brewery tonight where I had a couple of draft “Red Mo”s, well, because I am a red ‘mo. It had been a very relaxing day.

I’m going to sleep like a baby tonight.