We were supposed to leave at about 9:30 this morning but due to a combination of staying up a little later than we should have last night and a morning filled with poor communication (oops) we hit the road about 11:20-ish.
We drove about an hour before the Mass Pike turned into a parking lot...about 16 or so miles from the exit to I-84. We were averaging about 10 miles an hour so when we got to the exit for Auburn (one before I-84 which was another 10 miles give or take) we realized it might take us an hour to get to I-84 and we had to pee already. Since it was already mid-day and we hadn't even hit Hartford yet I knew it was only going to get worse.
It was looking like a replay of my last experience traveling on the Wednesday before thanksgiving (19 years ago) where a 3.5 hr ride between Hartford and NJ took over 8 hours. I swore I would never do it again. Sigh...the things we do to catch up with old friends.
We pulled off the road and had a quick and cheap bite at Wendy's (their JR burgers are inexpensive) and decided to officially turn around and try to get to NJ tomorrow morning. It turns out that LaLa didn't *really* believe me when I tried to impress upon her the level of suckitude possible if we didn't hit the road early enough. She does now ;)
The financial upside is that we will need fewer visits by the catsitter (at $16 a pop) and driving in that level of traffic probably would have resulted in using much more gas than usual to make the drive. I don't know why I didn't think of this weeks ago.