Sometimes it pays to take the road less traveled.
I left off when we were full of hope, counting down the mile markers to the North Carolina state line. The traffic did not move faster, but we knew it would speed up soon. We crossed the line and stopped again at a rest stop full to capacity. The Floridians were still following us and they were joined by the Georgians and the South Carolinians. There wasn’t enough room for us all, so we sat on the highway watching our 4:30 ETA turn into 6pm and then 7:30. Years ago, we would sit there and wait not knowing how much time we were losing until we arrived at our destination. But in this time of constant connection and GPS’s, we watched every minute disappear.
I asked for an alternate route and we were given three. One was a detour toward the coast and Wilmington which was the equivalent of the traffic we were already in and the other was a back road through Cape Fear country, land of sandy soil, vineyards, and cotton fields. He was done with traffic, so we crossed our fingers and took the exit toward Elizabethtown.
“I’ve been there before,” he said, “on a firework run to South Carolina.”
“I know they have a Tractor Supply Co.”
“It’s too small for that, but you will love it.”
“They do, I promise.”
“We’ll see.” He looked at me with doubt in his eyes.
I might not be good at taking time off but work I know and that includes where my business partners are. I was beginning to doubt the GPS though as we took turn after turn. It was if a 4-year-old had connected the dots and sent the design to the highway department to number as county highways.
The ride was a peaceful one despite the GPS’s trustworthiness being in doubt. The scenery was beautiful and he was right when he said Elizabethtown would be one of my favorite spots of the trip. Most importantly we were finally making time. And yes there is a Tractor Supply.
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