We took off for a big adventure road trip this week. On Monday morning we were sitting in the Yucatan peninsula of Mexico. By midnight Wednesday night we were walking in my parent’s door in Florida. We traveled about 2200 miles in that time.
Monday we drove from Merida to Veracruz. The roads are pretty good along that stretch. There are a few places that you have to drive on a two lane road, but certainly not too long. When we got to Veracruz, even though we knew we were just over half way to the border, we felt like we should have gone on just a few more miles. We had some daylight left and could have made it to Cardel. That would have allowed us to leave on Tuesday without still having to drive through Veracruz. Total driving time for Monday was 14 hours.
Tuesday we thought that we should leave about an hour later than we left on Monday. This was due to being further west in the same time zone (I want to avoid driving in the dark as much as possible). We did have plans to get on the road between 6:00 and 6:30. A little delay here and there and we ended up leaving after 7:00. We drove 13 hours to get to the border and then had to work through some paperwork and get to where we were staying. Again about a 14 hour day. The roads are not nearly as nice between Veracruz and Tampico as they were the day before. After you get out of Tampico about an hour then it is a relatively easy (if not a bit boring) trip. We had almost 2 hours of night driving. Not something I want to do if I can absolutely avoid it.
Wednesday we were on the road by 7:30. We stopped to have a real breakfast which slowed us down getting started, but we were thankful for a full meal. We started in McAllen, Texas and drove the 900+ miles to Pensacola in 16.5 hours. That included about an hour and a half adventure while eating and looking for a way to warm up.
With the exception of a need for a heater, we had a wonderfully un-eventful trip. We were eager to be with my parents and friends here in Pensacola. We also will be hearing my favorite guitarist play on Friday night. That is the real reason for making the 5 day trip in 3 days. I wanted to make sure that I had plenty of time buffered in just in case we had problems and got delayed.