Country roads take us home, after dashing through the snow

Shoshanah here. Today’s trip was mostly dominated by snow. We left Columbus, Ohio at around 9am, and didn’t make it to our first Springfield of the day until 3:30 pm. There was a lot of white in between.

This morning, I had never driven in snow before in my life, since I learned to drive in South Carolina and Florida. With the aid of Avi and his living-in-Vermont experience, I can now confidently drive through whiteouts in the mountains of West Virginia.

Springfield, West Virginia was much larger and more exciting than we expected, and after holding up our banner in front of the post office and church, we hit the country roads again. Springfield, Virginia mostly identifies as being a suburb of DC, but there were still plenty of identifying Springfield signs to give the town its own character.

We’re spending the night in DC before heading to Springfields Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Massachusetts tomorrow. Don’t forget to donate while you can still get some benefit from Uncle Sam for 2008. Happy New Year!

Standing in West Virginia
Standing in West Virginia
Standing in Virginia
Standing in Virginia

Misty taste of moonshine, teardrop in my eye

Avi again. We’ve come into our very first snow of the trip which, given that we started on the 25th in Nebraska and spent time in South Dakota, is pretty remarkable.

Columbus, Ohio last night made a good waypoint from which to launch today’s push to Washington, D.C. for New Year’s Eve, with two Springfields on tap before the night’s festivities: West Virginia (10) and Virginia (11).

No major updates, except to note that the Longaberger corporate headquarters in Newark, Ohio, actually is a seven-story tall picnic basket which we all found incredibly cool. Or creepy. As always, thanks for your support, and thanks for your support. (Get those donations in today, and beat the IRS out of some money, or something.) Continue reading Misty taste of moonshine, teardrop in my eye

Little car on the prairie

It’s Avi again. We’re on our way to the first Springfield of the day, Minnesota.

The countryside here is, as expected, broad and flat. But it’s also surprisingly beautiful. The snow from early last week has left everything covered in a thin blanket of white — enough to make things pretty, but not so much as to have any effect on our travel. In fact, it was only late last night that we found out there’d been bad weather in the midwest, but to the south of us.

Where we are? 20° F and sunny. Gorgeous. Particularly with the wind turbines spinning off in the distance.

[Also, for Shoshanah’s parents: it’s not a little car. It’s big and safe, we promise.]

And they’re off…

[Avi] A quick note from the road.

First, it’s not really the road yet. I’m sitting here at O’Hare, looking out on the snow-covered airfield and getting impatient: An hour and 45 minutes until my flight? But I’m ready now!

As I write, Sarah and Shoshanah are in the air on their PHL-MDW segment and then have another hop, MDW-OMA before we can hit our first Springfield this afternoon. But then the fun begins.

Weather at Eppley Airfield, though, looks nice: a balmy 26° F.

Should have more this afternoon or evening — along with some exciting pictures. Until then, leave us a note at the Facebook group and swing by Network for Good to throw the folks at Band of Parents some of your Chanukah gelt or Christmas Cash.