After the last few years at the same ole Carolina beaches, my in-laws made an adjustment for Florida this summer. I was absolutely okay with that. Originally they were looking at Siesta Key, and I even volunteered to drive. Sure, willingly accepting a 12-hour-drive seems crazy, but I would rather do that than fly in an airplane with two babies under the age of one. The plan is for me to drive a rental full of everyone’s luggage all the way to Florida to then pick up everyone at the airport and a second rental. It saved money and also saved me from flying with two babies and all of my in-laws (jk love y’all).
Eventually these plans slightly changed. I was out at a work dinner when I was catching up on missed texts on my phone. The in-law group chat was popping off with two baller beach houses side-by-side. The houses were sweet, but they were in Marathon, FL. It was at this time I realized we were actually going to the Florida Keys. My wife had still volunteered me for the drive. Folks, that is an 18-hour drive one way. Am I a psychopath?
There is nothing I can do now. We leave the day after July 4th and I have to make the best of it. So I am now looking for all kinds of suggestions and tips to get me through the drive. Thankfully I will not be alone as I will be joined by my wife’s brother-in-law. Is he still considered my brother-in-law? Anyways, I will get some non-driving time and my gargantuan ass can not sleep well in a vehicle. How can I try to enjoy this road time while also respecting my co-pilot’s boundaries? Some of our tastes differ.
I was considering buying a Game Boy and trying to beat Pokemon or maybe racking up a huge data bill live-streaming the Mountain Man Podcast. Regardless, I need some help. One thing in my plans is to try Whataburger for the first time as I go through Jacksonville. I cannot explain to you how excited I am to have my first honey butter chicken biscuit. I think I may even pack 30 in a cooler to freeze at home. Is there anywhere else on this journey where I should stop and eat? Where should we get dinner in Charlotte?
If you have any ideas for me please leave them in the comments or hit me up on Twitter.