Memphis to Ellicott City in 1 day

I did it! I drove from Memphis, Tennessee to Ellicott City, Maryland in one day! 892 miles, almost 15 hours, 3 stops, 2 sandwiches, 1/2 can of pringles, 32 ounces of sweet tea, lots of Elvis and 80s music. 

Packed up the car and Elvis, Cilla and I were once again on the road. But this time we were heading home to Maryland. We left at 7:30 in the heat and humidity of Memphis that carried us through Tennessee.

Tennessee River

Nashville

We entered Virginia, UGH!, and I had a lot of energy so I decided to cancel my hotel in Abingdon and continue for home. Of course as soon as I did this, it started pouring rain. So hard that I couldn’t see in front of me. Luckily I out drove the storm and by Wytheville it was smooth sailing.

in between Wytheville and Roanoke

I was feeling pretty confident about being able to make it home in one day and admiring the pinks and blues of the dusk sky – my favorite time of day.

about an hour and a half from home

the calm before the storm

Then all of a sudden WHAM! Stopped traffic for as far as the eye could see. I had 10 miles before the 66 and 81 split. Well the lovely state of Virginia decided that 8:45 on a Sunday night would be a good time to pave the road because no one travels on a Sunday night, right? I can’t stand Virginia. There is always some sort of traffic jam in Virginia. If you see a person driving crazy, check their license plate because they are from Virginia. Anyway, the right lane was closed. And when we got through that, the left lane was closed. An hour later and 10 miles later, I was through it!!! So I didn’t get home until after 11pm, and my poor parents were waiting up for me. They had just gotten back from their weekend trip and were very tired. Thanks Virginia!

892 miles

It’s good to be home! I have a lot of things plans, seeing friends and family mostly. Then of course the big 20th High School Reunion.

Please watch my video of the the long journey home http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A6lwBz6uj_s

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About Deena 'DeenasDays' Dietrich (564 Articles)
My name is Deena Dietrich. I live in Ellicott City, Maryland with my 2 dogs Elvis and Cilla. I am making my way as a Social Media Manager, Blogger and now Author. I have written my U2 memoir 'On the Road with U2: my musical journey' (available on amazon) about the 75 (now 100) U2 shows I have been to since ZooTv and the places I’ve seen and the people I’ve met along the way. My motto is “It is better to regret something you have done, than something you haven’t.” So follow me on my journey as I pursue my passions in music and sports with Elvis, U2, Grizzlies, Broncos, LMP, NKOTB, Orioles. Please connect with me @DeenasDays on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Google+ or you can email me at deenadietrich@gmail.com.

1 Comment on Memphis to Ellicott City in 1 day

  1. “I can’t stand Virginia. There is always some sort of traffic jam in Virginia. If you see a person driving crazy, check their license plate because they are from Virginia.”

    Spoken like a true Marylander!!

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