Last night I finally hunkered down to plan the second half of my upcoming road trip East with my 3 dogs. Over a week ago, I started looking into routes and lodging between Fargo, North Dakota and Ohio. I then started to procrastinate further research because I could tell this part of the trip would be tough for me to plan. Traveling through such a densely populated part of the country means less remote camping options and more costly pet-friendly lodging.
Perhaps I should not have been procrastinating this planning! But that set back actually proved serendipitous. Instead of settling for another campsite at that park, I backed up, searched the route again and did better. I settled on a Wisconsin State Park near Madison, Wisconsin.
If all goes as planned, on day five of our trip, the dogs and I will drive to Columbus, Ohio. I am traveling a bit out of my way to Columbus to visit a friend. A familiar face and personal, local knowledge will be a welcome change after four nights of camping on our own. Driving it so far, so fast, will be worth it when we get to Columbus. Plus, from there, we are less than six hours from being with my family near Buffalo, New York. Phew!
I now feel so accomplished! Yet I am only half way done. We will need to come home eventually.