Road Trip…Road Trip… Part 1

It’s spring break and like so many other families we decided to hit the road, Chicagoland to New Orleans – OR BUST!  This is officially the longest road trip we’ve ever taken.

Although I’ve been working towards the Volvo High Mileage Club for several years, we decided to rent a car instead.  I want the miles, but I don’t want to drive my car like a speed demon either; so Enterprise it is.

I picked up the full-size Chevy Impala Friday morning as it was decided that we would be heading out shortly after 8am.   On the ride home, I noticed the car had a “skunky” smell, but there was no time to return it. There was a schedule to keep and besides, the odor was nothing a little Febreze couldn’t fix.

It was later determined that the “skunky” smell was actually the last renter’s Subway trash left over – hidden in the arm rest.  Thanks a lot Enterprise. Fast is great, but fast and clean is much better!

After fueling up, yeah, that’s right, fueling up (I always thought rental cars were delivered with a full tank too) we hit the road – our first stop Memphis, TN.  It was an eight hour drive and after riding in a car for eight hours the full-size had magically transformed into a compact.

We had planned on touring a few museums that evening, but why push it?  Tired and museums are really a bad mix, I don’t think you can truly appreciate  and enjoy anything when you’re exhausted.

Rock n Soul Museum

This is only a glimpse of so much history.

Historic Beale Street

I completely forgot we were in “Bear Country”.

Home of the Memphis Grizzles

This morning we woke up on the Gulf Coast and it’s 79 degrees.  That trumps a Chicago spring of 35 degrees all day long.

I’m Just Sayin’…(Damn!)

2 comments for “Road Trip…Road Trip… Part 1

  1. Rob Brummitt
    March 26, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    That was quite a horrible experience, alright! I’m sure a lot of your readers learned a lesson on this blog post. Before accepting a rental car, inspect the car inside and out. You shouldn’t just check if the car is in great condition, but you also need to see if it’s clean. I’d truly be upset if I found junks inside my rental car. That would ruin the trip for me!

    Rob Brummitt

  2. Jae_Mac
    March 27, 2013 at 10:01 am

    It didn't ruin the trip, but it did get off to a "sour" start because of it. Thanks for reading and commenting!

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