I had previously written that I was moving out of Philadelphia and traveling across the US to ultimately end up in California for a couple of months. Well, I left last Thursday before the east coast got hammered with that huge snowstorm. I knew it was coming and Thursday was my window of opportunity to leave so I took it. As I was leaving York County, Pennsylvania, I passed graffiti that read “It can get better”. Perhaps it was a sentimental goodbye from Pennsylvania to start my new work/travel life.
I drove as far as I could until I hit rain in the Charlotte, North Carolina area. I think I was on the road for about 11 hours. I was exhausted and ready to find a hotel. I chose a hotel that was part of the Wyndham chain hotels, thinking that it would be good. I did an inspection of the room before agreeing that I would take it and everything looked good. But then I pulled down the sheets and there were hairs and a mysterious brown stain. (Not to mention that there really were mirrors on the wall). I probably should have taken photos, but I was so disgusted and tired. I ended up finding another hotel a couple of exits further that was much better except that it smelled like fragrance plug-ins. It’s come to my knowledge in the last year that I’ve become super sensitive to smells and I hate fragrance plug-ins.
I woke the next morning and drove to Atlanta, Georgia in pouring rain. As I was leaving North Carolina, I stopped at a random exit to get gas. There were two weird abandoned buildings amongst the fireworks stops that seem to be overwhelming in the southern states. Every exit that I stopped at in the south seems to have some kind of interesting abandoned place.