Saturday, March 12, 2016

Day One of Drive Home

Today began early at 5:00 am.   After coffee to wake us up, we dressed and I packed food for the trip.  We packed the last of items in the car as the sun rose. We had more coffee with sweet rolls and left about 7:30 am.  Our first leg of the trip took us to Orangeburg, SC going via I-75 to US-301 to I-10 to I-95 to I-26 to US-601 to exit 145A.   The interstate was crowded with Northbound traffic and we experienced a lot of slow downs due to congestion and construction.  The 9.5 hour trip took more than 11 hours.  The day was sunny and bad weather.  We arrived at our destination Baymont Inn (formerly a Hampton Inn) in Orangeburg about 7:20.  We were on the second floor in Room 215 (remember for next year).


We ate dinner at FATZ, a restaurant in walking distance from the motel, the same place that we ate last year.  We chose to sit at the bar to avoid a long wait for a table.   The bartender made us some very good Manhattans.  Al ordered 1/2 rack Baby Back Ribs with bourbon street sauce, house salad and Sweet Potato Fries.  I had Calabash Combo-Calabash Chicken and Calabash Popcorn Shrimp with Sweet Vidalia Onion Coleslaw.  The food was very good especially the Calabash Chicken and the servings were very generous.

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