Went through hell to get to New York on Wednesday, November 22, 2017. Christina and Corey took me by car to the airport early in the morning. When I got to the airport went through security just fine. Very quick. Skipped a bit of a line. Got a breakfast/snack for the plane, water, and went to the bathroom before settling in to a spot near my gate. It was only then that I realized I left the house in Florida style with no hoodie or coat and I was heading to a cold north east. Ended up having to go to the souvenir shop to get a hoodie that was one size too small but it was better than nothing. I suffered through the flight as always and arrived at JFK. I had to hike out towards the other end of the airport where I had to get on the tram (train) towards a bus stop that then took me to the car rental location. I checked in, picked out the car, then had to suffer through driving in the streets of New York. Finally arrived to the apartment building only to have found no parking, so I spent an additional 15 minutes driving in circles until I found a convenient enough parking spot. I do not know how to parallel park, which made it very difficult for me to get into the parking. I kid you not I almost killed a tree and a fire hydrant but, I got it done. I swear you could have made a movie of my journey. The new planes trains and automobiles. It was a complete nightmare.
Nonetheless, I made it home safely where I spent the rest of the day hanging out with friends and family saying my goodbyes. It was a bit depressing especially when my family started to cry. I’m not going to get into details about it all because I am kind of getting teary eyed again thinking about it but, the entire night was emotional. I barely got any sleep. Everyone left a little after midnight.
The entire point of having to drive my mother down is that she has claustrophobia and anxiety so she doesn’t do well with public transit, confined spaces, or traffic. Trust me if I could have gotten her a plane ticket and gotten her here in three hours I would have. Despite the fact I went to bed at close to 1AM, I had to wake up at about 4AM to shower, finish up our last goodbye to the people who spent the night and to the apartment where I grew up, and pack up the car. We didn’t do it the night before as to not temp NYC thieves from breaking into the car and taking everything while we slept and rested.
The goal was to leave by 5AM Thursday morning so that we could be well out of the city before the Thanksgiving morning rush began. We were driving off and on our way at about 5:30AM. I drove around through Brooklyn and into Staten Island and out through Jersey. There was no way I was going through Manhattan. My mom was extremely nervous so I stopped at a rest stop somewhere in Penn Grove, New Jersey to get her some breakfast and coffee, stretch our legs, and use the bathroom. Back on the road I don’t think we stopped anywhere until we reached Lorton, VA where we had breakfast/lunch. When I was setting up the GPS back in the car, it showed that right after we got off of the highway there were several crashes on the road we were on and that traffic was really bad. Instead of continuing on the route I had set up, I took State Route 1 on the side of highway and went thought the streets to get us a bit further. Having had barely any sleep the night before I told her I couldn’t really keep going that day. It was early still, around 1PM but, I did not want to swerve off of the road or something. Besides to avoid traffic, I thought it best to drive all night anyway.
We got back on the highway after getting around the traffic. When we got to Richmond, VA I took the first exit I saw had cheap motels nearby. We got a room. The lady was nice enough to let us in early. We went up, I took a nap. Slept a few hours. We got a dinner at a subways down the road. Came back to eat in the room while watching a movie. Went back to bed. Slept until 12AM. Took a shower. Got dressed. Checked out. Hit the road again at about 1AM Friday morning.
We made a quick stop somewhere in Virginia to fill up on gas and use the restroom but I pretty much kept going until we reached Fayetteville, NC where I stopped off to get my mom some breakfast at about 5:30AM. We ate there. Stretched our legs. Headed out again. We stopped in at the Georgia welcome center to use the bathrooms and for me to take a quick power nap in the car. I loved the center. It had a cute little museum vibe full of Georgia stuff. Its pretty much the only thing we saw on the trip other than rest stops. I originally wanted to make it a sight seeing road trip on the way down but my mom was too nervous for it and just wanted to hurry up and get it over with. After resting my eyes a bit, we discussed our next move. I was planning on staying another night at a hotel because after driving all morning I was ready to drop dead, but I thought it was stupid to sleep over night and then only drive like 4hrs the next day. Besides it was a little bit before midday and I knew there would be no hotels checking people in at that time. I decided to press on. We stopped off somewhere else for lunch and to fill up on gas again. Kept going. By 2PM we were already at the Florida Welcome Center.
We kept going after that. I flew down the highway like a bat out of hell. The traffic was starting to increase but I told my mother we needed to keep on it just the last little stretch until we got to our exit. I wanted to go to sleep so bad and I was not playing! By 6PM we were in our new neighborhood. I stopped off at a fast food place and picked up some dinner. We got home. I gave her a tour of the apartment. She got emotional when she saw it. Again I am not getting into details. Too many feelings. We sat down eating dinner and watching TV. By 7:30 I was ready to go to sleep. I missed my bed so much and wanted to get to sleep but my mom was anxious about being in a strange place. I ended up having to sleep in her bed with her that night. I was super uncomfortable but it made her feel better.
I pretty much made the trip in two days. I was exhausted but it was worth it having it all done. I spent all of Saturday in bed recuperating. I did not want to sit. My ass was flat as a pancake after all that sitting.
Sunday we rested some more. I woke up late but we did go to my aunts house for a bit so that they could see each other. More resting.
Today I took my mom to the DMV to get her Florida ID and to open a local bank account. She is officially a Floridian! Resting again the rest of the day as I have to return to work tomorrow. I am happy that she is finally here and we don’t have to go through dramatics anymore. It is over!