1,776 miles

1776_milesIt’s exactly 1,776 miles from our apartment to Boston. How perfect is that!? We discovered it one night a few months ago when we were still mulling our moving options, and that pretty much sealed the deal. Thanks for the nudge, Fate.

It takes 26 hours to drive a car 1,776 miles. God only knows how long takes to drive a U-Haul that same distance. And God can keep that information to Himself — we’re packing almost everything we own into a storage container and having it shipped to Boston after we find a place to live.

Anything that’s a must-have — wine, winter clothes, our very talkative cat — will be elbowed and shoved and kicked and finagled into the only car we own. And this Saturday, March 1, we’ll all begin the four-and-a-half day, 1,776-mile journey to the great, white North.

Most of the states we’ll pass through en route will be new to both of us, so it’ll be exciting to see all the unfamiliar scenery and stop at a few interesting places along the way. But eventually, I’m afraid, the novelty’s going to wear off, all the trees are going to start looking the same, and we’re both going to be tempted to pop a couple of the cat’s anxiety pills.

These are are some less dangerous alternatives I’ve come up with for making the 1,776-mile drive more manageable:

  • Good Job, Brain! (Podcast): This trivia podcast is one of the quickest ways I’ve found to kill an hour when I’m running. I’m counting on that voodoo to work in the car, too.
  • Kitchen Confidential, Anthony Bourdain (Audiobook): Sean and I don’t often agree on reading material, but we both enthusiastically agree on Anthony Bourdain.
  • Me Talk Pretty One Day, David Sedaris (Audiobook): David Sedaris and I go way back — he is an absolute delight. It’s going to be very difficult for us to swallow sedatives when we’re both laughing constantly.
  • The Book Thief, Markus Zusak (Kindle edition): Sean’s planning on doing most of the driving, and that’s just as well. It’s probably safer if I read my Kindle, particularly if (when) it starts snowing on us.

I reckon those activities will get us to, oh, Tennessee or so. I’d love to hear strategies for managing the remaining six states. Are there other things we should listen to? Games we could play? Philosophical quandaries we might ponder? Do tell!