Saturday, December 24, 2011

Day 2 Texas Vacation Xmas 2011

’Twas the day before Christmas, we are up with the dawn, there is no time for sleeping in, we really need to be gone.

We got up at 7am and had breakfast and got ready to leave the hotel.  Our hotel is just minutes from the border so we arrived at Customs by 8am.  There were no cars lined up this morning, we just drove right up to the booth.  The Customs agent asked us several questions, Do we have any food, alcohol, tobacco, how much money do we have and do we have any rice.   That’s the first time for being asked the rice question.

5713 Ontario, Windsor - Ambassador Brdige to USA 5718 Michigan, Detroit - Customs 5719 Michigan, Detroit - Customs

The Customs agent waved us on.  The road construction that we encountered the last time we crossed at Windsor / Detroit has all been completed and there is now a short ramp that takes you directly onto I-75    That is a big improvement to the old way of getting to I-75

The Detroit factories were belching smog as we drove past them.  The billboard in the 2nd photo is very appropriate, the young girl won’t live long breathing in all that smog.

5720 Michigan, Detroit 5722 Michigan, Detroit

By 9am we were crossing into Ohio.

5725 Ohio - Welcome sign

1pm we crossed into Kentucky.

5731 Kentucky - Welcome sign

By 3:30 pm, (thanks to the time zone change) we enter Tennessee.  

5737 Tennessee -  I-65 South - Tennessee Welcome sign

We stopped for the night in Nashville.  We drove 900 KM today.  This is a good days run and puts us in a good position for the rest of the journey. 

We had planned on having Christmas Eve dinner at a nearby Shoney’s and I had even called ahead a few days earlier to make sure that they would be open Christmas Eve for dinner.  The person answering the phone assured me they would be open.  Well they were closed when we got to their door at 5:10 pm, the sign in the door said closed at 5pm.. so much for planning and phoning ahead.   Instead we had Christmas Eve dinner at a Jack in the Box next door. 

Early to bed this evening, we have a 1000 KM day planned for tomorrow.

If you would like to see all of the photos that we took today, you can click on this link to our FLICKR site.


  1. So, you wait until I'm out of town to come through Cincinnati then you manage to dodge me in Nashville where I also spent Christmas eve. Looks like you're on the fast track to somewhere. I'll be watching to see where you land.

  2. Sorry about that Denny, we didn't plan that very well did we. We are on a 600 mile per day dash to Texas. I had no idea that you were also on the move and in Nashville until I read your blog post last night. I haven't read any blogs for the last few days till we got settled here in Texas. I am just getting caught up on the blogs now.