The Last Train To Crossville

I’m writing this post at 12:28 Tennessee time – apparently they’re an hour behind the east, or I’m just too tired to know what time it is – after checking into a hotel in Crossville, Tennessee. Crossville is roughly halfway between Philly and Dallas, so I decided to crash here, get six or seven hours sleep, and continue the next twelve hours to Texas.

So here’s what happened.

The University of Dallas, in its infinite wisdom, decided to close the school until at least April 14th. They could have made this decision BEFORE Spring Break, which began yesterday, but no, they sent out the email yesterday at 11am. They also said everyone needs to be out of the dorms by 5pm Wednesday.

The airlines are a mess right now, and last minute tickets would cost a fortune, so I have two days to get to Dallas, pack up the boy’s things, and head home. We were given very little notice, and considering I wouldn’t be able to make the trip straight through, I packed bag and ran out of the house a.s.a.p. (This, an hour after my sergeant’s funeral services.)

Don’t get me wrong; I love driving long distances alone. It’s something I’ve loved since I got my license, but the longest trip I ever made straight through was nine hours to Ohio for a recruiting stay with Kyle. Yesterday I trekked through PA, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and Tennessee. (Tennessee being the only one of those states I haven’t passed through.)

The trip was actually really nice. Western Maryland and Virginia are scenic, West Virginia was lovelier than I expected, and I can see why my Tennessee friends rave about their state. Tennessee is gorgeous, and I-81 is a nice ride for guys with a lead foot. Like me.

The first leg was more or less uneventful. A tractor trailer blew a tire in front of me and the pieces hit the car. I passed through MD, VA, and WV in a span of maybe a thousand feet – you hit all three states when crossing the Potomac – and I drove by Shenandoah College and James Madison University’s stadiums. Both are awesome.

Today I’ll be driving through Nashville, Memphis, and Arkansas en route to Dallas. I should arrive there around 11pm eastern.

There are posts set for today, and I’ll try to get something for tomorrow as well.

8 thoughts on “The Last Train To Crossville

  1. Our grandson is flying home tomorrow. Jacksonville University will remain open, but all classroom instruction will be online beginning March 16 until April 3. Hunter said the only student left there will be the guy from Ireland.


  2. Glad you are enjoying the scenery. The one thing I loved about my stay in PA one summer was the purple mountains in the morning. Gorgeous! Have a safe trip.


  3. Longest road trip I made was when I left Ohio to come back to California. It was December and the most direct route, Hwy 80, was subject to snow closures in Colorado. So I took the southern route and drove nonstop, except to get gas, hit a few drive throughs and about a twenty minute nap at a roadside rest stop on the evening of the second day.
    But I was a lot younger then, I was only 58.
    Pace yourself.


  4. Stay safe. Longest I’ve ever driven was maybe 30 hrs and a couple hrs rest and another 20. Either way, when you’re tired, you’re taking your life in your hands. At 70, I don’t do more than 14-15 hrs. But, I’ve never been known for my intelligence.


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