…and then we came home. But first: one last round of photos from days past, bonus shots from the previous sixteen chapters’ worth of vacation fun.
After much dull coasting through the rest of Pennsylvania, part of West Virginia, and all of big fat Ohio, we returned to Indiana in time for dinner. Anne had hoped for some nice place of unusual stature, but this exhausted and slightly homesick driver aimed for a simple populist Applebee’s instead. At least it wasn’t McDonald’s.
We reached home at 7 p.m. to find our lawn had gone berserk without my constant glaring, our dog missed us so desperately that his fawning nearly clawed Anne to pieces, and our Internet connection had turned emo and disabled itself in some kind of complicated snit fit.
Nevertheless, even if our home wasn’t in one piece, I was glad we were, to say nothing of the rental car, which survived the week’s harrowing drive without a scratch.
The same couldn’t be said for one of our beloved restaurants down the street. Once the Internet was alive and cooperating once again, we learned that on the previous Tuesday an elderly woman tried to park in front of our new Five Guys burger joint and instead ramrodded through the front window.
That night on TV: a Starz! Kids & Family airing of The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, a film about a leader returning home to inventory everything that had gone horribly wrong in his extended absence.
Thus our week concluded after 2,080 miles on the rental car and what felt like $2,920 in turnpike fees alone.
The End. Thanks for reading.
Coming soon: our milestone 2009 trek to South Dakota and beyond…
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