Monday, July 27, 2009

Road Trip!!

Bleu and I took the mother of all road trips when we decided to move ourselves to New York.  We drove (well, he drove) a 17 foot  UHAUL through Arkansas, Tennessee, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey.  We left from my parents in East Texas early on a Tuesday morning, aiming to arrive in New York on Thursday afternoon.  We didn't even get out of town before I made Bleu stop at Wal-Mart, we had a little extra room in the UHAUL, and I needed to pick up some supplies.  They don't have Wal-Mart in Manhattan, ya'll, I had to take advantage of the opportunity.  After loading up on cornmeal, pinto beans, salsa, (you would think we're moving to a foreign country, but I couldn't risk not being able to get our southern food staples in the city) and road trip snacks, we were finally on our way!

More driving....

The first night we stopped in Nashville.  After filling our tummies with Cracker Barrel, (it's un-American if you don't eat at Cracker Barrel at least once on a road trip), we crashed.  Why is it that sitting in a car doing nothing makes you so exhausted?  Tennessee was beautiful.  We saw corn, LOTS of corn, I swear 78 of the 86 pictures I took on the trip were of CORN.  Corn in Arkansas, corn in Tennessee, corn in get the picture.  We called Bleu's dad (who's a corn farmer) reporting on the corn crop in that part of the country. Bleu to dad : "Well, it looks good in ______(wherever we were at the time)" People, if you are worried about corn, you shouldn't be, there's tons of it, and it looks good.

Corn in Tennessee
View for 2 1/2 days..
Corn in Virginia..

The last night we stopped in Pennsylvania, about 2 hours from the city.  We woke up that morning loaded back up, made a Starbucks run, and sat in traffic.....and sat in traffic....and sat some more.  It took us 5 hours!! WELCOME TO NEW YORK, where it takes you a really long time to get somewhere and we charge you a lot for stuff.  Below is our first glimpse of the sky line...yes it was a classic moment for us, a "what are we doing here" moment.  The next photo is of the GW Bridge headed over to the Upper East Side where we live, it was a toll bridge, and it cost $8  That was after New Jersey handed it to us with about $12 in tolls, geez.

It was a little scary navigating the UHAUL through the city, but Bleu did so great!  We made a good team.  We pulled right up to the apartment and found a parking spot, which was a miracle in and of itself.  We hired some guys to help unload us, and we had everything in the apartment within 2 hours.  It could not have gone smoother.

So now we're about 4 weeks in, and we really do love it.  Awesome apartment, great part of the city, yummy food, Bleu loves his job, we found a church (praise God) an we're making friends! Thanks for all of your prayers, we've needed them and felt them.  God is so good....


  1. wow that was a long road trip with a u-haul!! Glad yall made it and love it!

  2. i have always loved nyc, but i am so used to a small town. you are so brave! i'm very jealous of all you have to do right outside your door... glad its all going well

  3. We pray for y'all often in your new NY life. Glad to hear things are going well!! Tell Bleu, "hi"... he seems to have fallen off the face of the earth!!