Great tacos in Louisville! (at El Taco Luchador.)

Great tacos in Louisville! (at El Taco Luchador.)

Luke is sitting in on a kid jam session. (at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum)

Luke is sitting in on a kid jam session. (at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum)

We were slipping into “Gotta Make Time” mode, so we hit the brakes for a propper Southern breakfast. (at Mama’s Boy)

We were slipping into “Gotta Make Time” mode, so we hit the brakes for a propper Southern breakfast. (at Mama’s Boy)

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“Almost Famous” is one of my favorite movies of all time. Throughout the movie, the characters like to say “It’s all happening” to one another. I think Penny Lane is the first one to use the phrase but as the movie rolls on, different characters adapt it. My favorite instance is when the kid who…

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A few years back, when Luke and I travelled in the car together between 200 - 400 miles a week, we adopted this as our official traveling theme song.  I couldn’t help but sing this song to myself most of the morning, as the two of us packed up and hit the road.

Our drive seemed longer than I would have expected.  Part of this is because I bit the bullet and decided to take the 95->66 route to get over to I-81 (as opposed to heading out to Harrisburg, PA and catching 81 there).   Another part might be that I’m being VERY careful to stay within no more than 8 mph of the posted speed limit.  Anyhow, we finally rolled into Roanoke around 2:30-2:45 PM.  We drove straight to the Virginia Museum of Transportation to check out the trains.  Neither of us would fall into the “train geek” category, so we blew through the place in about an hour.  The most impressive thing was the 1218 Class A Steam Locomotive.  Here are a couple of pictures of Luke standing next to it in an effort to convey how massive this beast was.  

Luke in front of 1218

Little Luke and the big Engine

After the train visit, we found our way to Colony House Motor Lodge and, as promised, played catch for close to an hour.  When I asked the Innkeeper if he could point us towards a local park, he looked at me like I had 4 heads.  After a minute or two racking his brain, he politely pointed to some grass at the other end of his property and suggested that we could us that if we didn’t mind the fact that it was wet from the brief shower that blew through while Luke & I were driving from the museum.  We didn’t mind.

Our dinner was kind of meh but I think the in-laws would be pleased by the decor at the restaurant’s front desk.

Steak and Steelers

We got back to the Motor Lodge around 6:30 and Luke chose to forgo the guitar for some pool time.  He earned it based on our drive.

Tomorrow might be our longest leg of the whole trip.  We’re gonna power all the way through to Athens, GA and we want to get their with enough time in the day to see the sites.  Wish us luck.

Pretty funny!!!

Pretty funny!!!

(Source: thecoffeeisntstrongenough, via parislemon)

We’ve reached some kind of preferred customerstatus here at Varga such that the waitress bought us the drink in the mason jar - Bell’s Cherry Stout, Varga homebrewed root beer and Captain Morgan’s. Ouch!!! at Varga Bar – View on Path.

We’ve reached some kind of preferred customerstatus here at Varga such that the waitress bought us the drink in the mason jar - Bell’s Cherry Stout, Varga homebrewed root beer and Captain Morgan’s. Ouch!!! at Varga Bar – View on Path.

Celebrating Luke’s library card by going to dinner sowewhere with LOTS of televisions. It’s also our last night without Jennifer… at Percy Street Barbecue – View on Path.

Celebrating Luke’s library card by going to dinner sowewhere with LOTS of televisions. It’s also our last night without Jennifer… at Percy Street Barbecue – View on Path.

Not sure if this means I’m raising a boy with fine tastes or a brat but when I offered him a choice between a shake at Shake Shack or a smoothie at Saxby’s he pointed across the street and politely asked why we choose either with Capogiro in plain sight… at Capogiro Gelato Artisans – View on Path.

Not sure if this means I’m raising a boy with fine tastes or a brat but when I offered him a choice between a shake at Shake Shack or a smoothie at Saxby’s he pointed across the street and politely asked why we choose either with Capogiro in plain sight… at Capogiro Gelato Artisans – View on Path.

Giving this place another try with much lower expectations. at Shake Shack – View on Path.

Giving this place another try with much lower expectations. at Shake Shack – View on Path.