Category Archives: Road Trip

Columbus, Georgia to Gainesville, Florida

It’s a little shorty with this shift, that will take less than 5 hours. We’re headed south into Florida, a trip that will cover 279 miles. If you do the math, that means a slow pace of 59.4mph. Let’s go ahead and inch our way to Florida.


Not only will the drive be brief, it will be remarkably easy. There could be a few lingering clouds over southern Georgia, but really nothing that should hinder our drive. Things will simply clear out, probably by the time we reach Albany, Georgia. Sunny and seasonably cool conditions await us in Gainesville.

Jonesboro, Arkansas to Newport News, Virginia

Are you excited for this two day excursion that will zig-zag from northeastern Arkansas to southeastern Virginia. It’s a 974 mile, mountainous journey that will put us through 2 full days of driving. In a perfect scenario, we’ll drive at 63mph and nail down 505 miles on the first day. We’ll see how that goes.

DAY ONE

The first day of our trip will be rather wet, to say the least. The center of low pressure will pass right over Arkansas and push an occluded front with some heavy raun and even a Thunderstorm right over Jonesboro early on Sunday. the heaviest of the rain will have pushed off to our east at 10, our departure time, but as we head to the east we will catch up with the very heavy rain once again. By the time we reach Jackson, Tennessee, the light, scattered showers will turn themselves into heavy rain again, with thunderstorms in the mix as well. We’ll have to contend with fairly strong showers or storms until we reach Cookeville. We may see some clearing after that, but the boundary will still chase us on into Morristown/Lowland Tennessee, which is in the far eastern corner of the state.

DAY TWO
The system will pull it’s self through the Appalachians and the Smokies and we will be in line, perhaps, for some snow as we wake up in the highlands of Lowland, Tennessee. It won’t be much, but there will continue to be the threat for a flurry mixed in with any spotty showers up along the spine of the Appalachians to I-64, where we will make our eastward turn, when our mix will turn to all rain again. Today, we’ll be behind the the front, however, so the threat for thunder is reduced. It will certainly be dreary as we arrive in Newport News on Monday evening.

Allentown, Pennsylvania to Montgomery, Alabama

Our late week drive is going to be a two day trip south to Alabama. It’s a 961 mile journey that we will cover at a rate of almost 63mph. We’ll net ourselves 503 miles on the first day and finish it off on day two. It looks like we will be having a pretty enjoyable drive, so let’s bundle up and head on out!

DAY ONE

Another area of low pressure is developing over the southeast, preparing to shift jut off the coast. We won’t see any rain or anything out of this system, but moisture wrapping around the circulation will likely interact with the Appalachians and produce some clouds almost as soon as we pass into Virginia. They will stay with us right on until we reach Bristol, along the Virginia/Tennessee line.

DAY TWO
As we sleep in Bristol, the low off the coast will pull away from the coast and allow some clearing to find it’s way into eastern Tennessee/western Virginia. Clouds will be reluctant to depart because of our position in the hill country, but as we hit flatter land south of Chattanooga, we’ll be able to enjoy some sunny, warm conditions. We’ll see them all the way to Montgomery.

Fresno, California to Allentown, Pennsylvania

We’re looking right down the barrel of a daunting 6 day trip from the San Joaquin Valley to the Lehigh Valley that will cover 2823 miles. That last day will only be a few hours in the car, but the first 5 will cover 529 miles a day and we’ll put 66 miles behind us an hour It’s going to be a pretty extravagant trip, so lets get on the road before we change our mind.

DAY ONE

The good news is, our first day of travel will be uneventful. Driving from Fresno to anywhere almost always takes us through the desert, as it will on Wednesday. With an area of low pressure sliding into the northwest, high pressure wasn’t even in effect for the Mojave, so the drive to west of Ash Fork, Arizona, will be pretty boring, frankly.

DAY TWO
Our second day of travel will again be fairly dormant, headed from northern Arizona to northern New Mexico, and the city of Montoya. We’ll be able to traverse the extent of the mountains and get into some plains for our drive on Friday. Good for gas mileage, maybe not so good for scenery.

DAY THREE
A nice, Spring area of low pressure will be developing over the Northern Rockies by the time we hit Oklahoma on Friday. It will dangle a cold front into the High Plains by Friday afternoon and bear down on the state into the overnight. We won’t notice much change, aside from some warming temperatures and southerly wind during our travels, we won’t notice much change. While we spend the night in Adair, Oklahoma in the northeastern part of the state, we will likely notice the thunderstorms a bit more.

DAY FOUR
That darn cold front is going to set itself up right along I-44, which won’t e a problem for many people, except those taking I-44. That would be us, of course. Don’t be surprised to see showers and thunderstorms along the way from Adair into Missouri. The strongest storms and heaviest rain on Saturday will likely come between Sullivan and Saint Louis, Missouri. The final 2 1/2 or 3 hours across Illinois will be drier, and we’ll be out of all the rain by the time we reach Vandalia, Illinois. The destination will come a couple hours later in Terre Haute, Indiana.

DAY FIVE
For the most part, we will remain ahead of the system that will bisect the country on Sunday, evading a few prefrontal showers but likely having to deal with clouds the whole way. Showers will likely be at their most persistent from Terre Haute to Dayton, Ohio with lighter showers possible after that. The conclusion of our final full day will be on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in the town of Breezewood.

DAY SIX
Finally, Monday we will have less than three hours to contend with the slick roadways of central and eastern Pennsylvania. And make no mistake, they will be wet. The system will finally catch up with us and begin to ascend to the north. The central circulation will be just east of Allentown, which means heavy rain will only get heavier as we head through the Appalachians into Allentown. The Lehigh Valley’s weather will be considerably wetter than that of the San Joaquin.

Memphis, Tennessee to Elkhart, Indiana

Our first trip on the new version of the site takes us from Memphis to northern Indiana on a trip that will take us nearly 10 hours. Not a terrible day, but longer than we are used to. It’s a 611 mile trip that will see us travel at a rate of almost 62mph, slowed down by the intricate interstate systems of Memphis and Chicago. It’s going to be a soggy trip, so lets change those windshield wipers and be on our way.


It will have been miserable in Memphis for about 48 hours by the time we leave, so why should we expect anything different? A whirling mass of rain and clouds over the center of the country isn’t going anywhere. The most recent round will feature a stronger cold front that is primed to enter Memphis just after midnight tonight, bringing some thunderstorms into the mix. As we leave Memphis, we’ll be driving in the heaviest of the rain, but will see an abrupt clearing as we pass through Arkansas, Missouri and into Illinois. This front is the best chance we have at some legitimate clearing. It will actually be fairly dry, but probably cloudy most of the way through Illinois, a fairly fitting climate for anyone who is driving through rural Illinois. As we pull into the Kankakee area, we will run into the rain once again. The occluded system will have wrapped itself back east at Chicago, which means we’ll likely be in the rain the rest of the way to Elkhart. Not just a little bit of rain either, but a soaking, thorough rain. Better than snow.