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Made it to Batavia for the night.

The Maps app threw us for a bit of a loop, directing us to the U.S. Border and Immigration Control facility based on the address for the hotel. The barbed wire fencing and lack of a Holiday Inn Express sign were decent indicators that something was awry.

We looped around the road a bit and eventually found it. Must be a new hotel, or they've reconfigured addresses on the road recently.

This weekend should be quite an adventure. Renee and I are headed to Cambridge to move Jonathan out of his sophomore dorm room and into a temporary dorm he's able to use for a few weeks in exchange for helping with the graduation ceremony. And our niece is getting married in Western Massachusetts on Saturday. So, we're loading Jonathan up tomorrow, headed out to the wedding location, heading back to Cambridge on Sunday to unload him, and then heading home on Monday.

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This seems as good a photo as any to be the first posted through the Shortcuts app on iOS. I remember taking it at a gas station on a drive home from Florida. In southern Georgia, I think. The grammar police are everywhere...thankfully!

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Filling up on the beach must mean it's time to head home.

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...to a sunset on the road north of Tampa.

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From the fog in Tennessee

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Bringing Teddy to Florida means I have to navigate Renee's accessories and his when I'm in the passenger seat.

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It's been a year and a half since we've all been in the car together for The Drive. And this is the first time that we've All been together / Teddy included.

I always enjoy The Drive from Toledo to St. Pete. We started today at about 4:30, and just finished breakfast at our usual McDonald's in Florence. First shift down, several more to go.

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Jake and Teddy just hanging out on the ride home.

There's a storm sweeping across the route home today, so we'll stay another day. Darn. ;-)

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Welcome to Florida.

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Had a little rain this morning, which always seems to be the case for us as we enter Florida. It always feels like a Wally World moment to me—

"Sorry folks, park's closed. Moose out front should have told ya."

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Final leg of the trip. It feels weird to do it in two days—we usually drive all the way through but thought Teddy might need a break. He did so well maybe we'll try it in one day next week.

Its official—we've got a good traveler. Teddy has been wonderful in the car. In the hotel last night, he got a little restless as he heard some doors and the elevators, but settled in after that and slept through the night.

On the bed.

For the first time.

😳

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And welcome to Georgia

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Welcome to Tennessee! Jelico, to be precise.

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This road trip is different for a lot of reasons. For one, it's Teddy's first trip to Florida. He's really good in the car, but we weren't sure how he would do on "the drive." So far, so good. Five and and half hours into it and he hasn't made a peep.

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A blurry welcome to Kentucky!

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I wanted to leave this morning by 4:30 AM. So I told everyone we were leaving at 4:00. It worked perfectly.

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Up and on the road early today - driving to Cambridge to pick Jonathan up from school.