Happy WIAW everyone!
On Saturday, my friend Megan and I decided to make a day trip to Cincinnati and Louisville. The day ended up…not being what we expected, but we still had fun. 🙂
Our plan was to head out around 6:30 that morning, which meant that I rolled out of bed at 5:30am. On a weekend. I don’t even do that for my job! After getting ready, I made myself a quick breakfast of cinnamon raisin toast with almond butter, plus a travel mug of coffee with some almond milk.
This was a quick and filling breakfast, which was key to the rest of the day.
Around 7am, we hit the road! Cincinnati is about a 3.5 hour drive from where I live and an hour ahead of us, so the plan was to head there first, hang out a bit, then hit Louisville on the way home.
We were in high spirits!
The first bad omen of the day was that I started feeling REALLY sick about an hour into our drive. I don’t know if it was travel anxiety or what, but we had to make a pit stop so I could get some medicine and a Sprite.
We got back on the road shortly after, and ended up right outside Cincinnati around 10am. Then…this happened.
If you can’t tell, this is 4 lanes of the interstate at a complete standstill. Two hours later, we had only gone 5 miles, were hungry, and seriously had to pee. Since we were not moving at all, I googled Cincinnati traffic and found out there was construction for 10 miles outside the city (duh). At this point, we were sitting right next to an exit and debated if we should get off and go to the bathroom. Since the next 5 miles could potentially be another 2 hours, we decided to go for it.
At the exit we took, I had to drive around for a bit to find a gas station with a bathroom (what the heck?). We finally decided to stop at an Arby’s…and since I hate using someone’s bathroom and not purchasing anything, I got an order of curly fries and a Mountain Dew. Great, healthy lunch, I know.
Taking the exit actually ended up being a smart move, because when we got back on the highway, we were somehow magically way far ahead of where we had been sitting. From that point on, we were moving (slowly), but it only took about an hour to go the next 5 miles! Perspective, right?
One of the reasons I wanted to stop in Cincinnati is that they have a really great (and super cheap) car detailing place—and my car was filthy. It probably hadn’t been cleaned since I moved home from Cincy 3 years ago. Gross, I know.
Around 2pm, we had finally made it to the Mr. Clean Car Wash!
When we pulled up, the guy working told me it would be 30-45 minutes before my car was done. This ended up being a big fat lie—we waited for 2 hours. Luckily, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire was on ABC Family in the waiting room.
And we did an Instagram photo shoot, of course.
Once my car was done, it was 5:30 in Cincinnati and our plans for Louisville were shot. The one thing I did want to do while we were in town was visit Dewey’s Pizza. This was my favorite pizza place in Cincinnati, and it ended up being the one thing that wasn’t a huge disappointment that day. The wait for a table was 30-45 minutes, but we decided not to risk it. Fortunately, the bar seated us immediately.
I got a side Caesar salad.
So good—look at those croutons!
And Meg and I shared a pizza. My half was the killer veggie, and it was just as good as I remembered.
We were in and out of Dewey’s in less than an hour. At this point, we decided to just head home.
Since Louisville is about halfway between Cincinnati and home, we made a pit stop at a rest stop right outside of it. So I could pick up my favorite road trip food to eat in the car.
And take a picture of the Indiana sign. I could have kissed it, I was so glad to be close to home.
Around 10pm, we had finally made it home. And I immediately helped myself to some chocolate chips—it was a pretty hard day.
So yeah, 15 hours all in all, and probably 11 of them were in the car. Luckily, I was in good company and we had fun, despite everything falling to pieces. 🙂
That’s it for this WIAW post. Hope you all are having a great day!