On The Road… Again

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One more car trip.  I am TOTALLY over this.  Trying to keep a smile on my face, though!


Maggie is over it, too.


We’re 20 miles outside of Charlotte, and I’m really looking forward to being home.  I’ve got grand plans to work, run, do No More Trouble Zones, write a freelance article, and lay on my new couch and watch television.  Doesn’t that sound grand?


One more healthy packed lunch for y’all!


A raw veggie salad mess of carrots, celery, tomatoes, and Sabra garlic hummus.  Loved the garlic hummus, but it stunk up the car!


Plus, sweet potato chips:


And blackberries and strawberries:


We’re 15 miles outside of Charlotte so I’m going to close the laptop (and hit publish when we get home!).  I gotta help the Husband navigate!  We’re still not very familiar with our new city and tend to get lost.  If I have to drive one extra block in this car, I will surely kill myself!


Since June 27, we’ve driven 2,140 miles in car trips – AHHH!



  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg July 5, 2010, 2:49 pm

    Ugh– I feel for you. Last summer when we were moving from Indiana to PA, it felt like the car trips NEVER ended. Just remember, it’s only for a little while!

  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs July 5, 2010, 2:54 pm

    2,140 miles – that’s impressive|! You’re sure getting your money’s worth out of that car 😛

  • Evan Thomas July 5, 2010, 2:54 pm

    I would definitely grow antsy being in a car that much. Glad you’re almost done!

  • Kaz July 5, 2010, 2:55 pm

    I love car trips, but I’m sure I’d be pulling my hair out, too, after over 2K miles. Yikes!

  • Mary July 5, 2010, 2:58 pm

    2000 miles and change in road trips? You guys are warriors haha! Glad you’re finished road tripping for a while. I think it’s time you enjoyed your new live in NC for a minute 🙂

  • Samantha @ Health, Happiness & Skinny Jeans July 5, 2010, 2:59 pm

    Good for you for making it through all those road trips. I would go completely crazy!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet July 5, 2010, 3:06 pm

    Sometimes I love car trips, but I don’t know if I’d love them right now if I had drove that much!

  • Marina July 5, 2010, 3:18 pm

    I do like car trips, but I think I would have enough too. At least you know how to pack good food 🙂

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday July 5, 2010, 3:19 pm

    I’m just back from a long road trip myself! 26 hours of total driving! eek

  • Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] July 5, 2010, 3:25 pm

    Wow, that’s a lot of gas! I almost forgot you moved, haha. Hope you get to stay put for a while.

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) July 5, 2010, 3:30 pm

    I am so glad you guys are about to be home! I am sure you are over everything that has to do with travel now! Enjoy your couch!

  • Robyn @ Frugal 'n' Fit! July 5, 2010, 3:36 pm

    Glad you made it home safe and sound! Your lunch-on-the-run looks fabulous!

  • Lauren (Clean Eats in the Dirty South) July 5, 2010, 3:39 pm

    that’s a crap ton of driving.. enjoy your rest on the couch… you deserve it!

  • Stacey @ Tipping the (Kitchen!) Scales July 5, 2010, 3:46 pm

    Wow, that’s a lot of miles! Don’t worry I’m sure it’ll settle down soon. Keep calm and carry on right?! Your packed lunch looks really tasty.

  • Carolina John July 5, 2010, 3:50 pm

    wow, you have been on the road a lot! Hope you get settled in soon.

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat July 5, 2010, 4:06 pm

    wow, that is a LONG way! you’re a trooper – just think about how good you’ll feel to get home! and ps. your packed lunches look awesome! 🙂

  • AngelaOSG July 5, 2010, 4:25 pm

    oh I despise road trips with a passion. I feel for you!

  • Stacey@http://stacey-healthylife.blogspot.com/ July 5, 2010, 4:25 pm

    I don’t know how you do it. All that time in the car would surely be to much for me to handle.

    • caitlin July 5, 2010, 9:54 pm

      Books on tape from Cracker Barrel – you can rent them for $4.95 a month!

  • Jill@MySoCalledHealthLife July 5, 2010, 4:29 pm

    OMG you guys are driving machines!! Yippee for being home! I always love getting back to a normal routine.

  • Annie@stronghealthyfit July 5, 2010, 4:34 pm

    That’s soo much driving! I would be sick of it too. Glad it’s almost over for you!

  • Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine July 5, 2010, 4:48 pm

    That’s an insane amount of driving, but you’re coming down the home stretch! Enjoy being home 🙂

  • Heather July 5, 2010, 5:03 pm

    wow thats a lot of driving! my husband would be driving me nuts. hope you dont have to get in a car soon!

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) July 5, 2010, 5:03 pm

    Trips with lots of driving make me nuts but the friends and family are worth it.

  • Amanda @ Amanda On Foot July 5, 2010, 5:35 pm

    What kind of article are you writing and for what publication?


    • caitlin July 5, 2010, 9:55 pm

      I write freelance articles for several online magazines. I do a lot for sparkpeople.com!

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) July 5, 2010, 5:55 pm

    My goodness – that IS a lot of car trips!!!! Almost done though 🙂

  • Little Bookworm July 5, 2010, 5:56 pm

    2,140 miles is a lot! That raw salad looks nice though. 🙂

  • skinnyrunner July 5, 2010, 6:56 pm

    love those sweet potato chips. we bought a big bag at costco and brought them with us this summer on the boat. yeah, i ate the whole bag, telling myself they were really healthy. hmmm…

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing July 5, 2010, 6:59 pm

    I was actually in Charlotte today, at Carowinds!

  • Emily July 5, 2010, 7:19 pm

    I love bringing sweet tater chips in my lunch! 🙂

  • Ellen @FirednFabulous July 5, 2010, 7:25 pm

    You seriously impress me SO much with your healthy on-the-road meals! It’s just insane! In a good way 🙂 You should be so proud of yourself for getting to this awesome, balanced place. I want to be there so badly! Does it ever feel like WORK or is it second-nature by now?

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) July 5, 2010, 7:56 pm

    Wow – that is a lot of driving! Luckily, it will be over soon 🙂

  • Gracie (complicated day) July 5, 2010, 7:57 pm

    You’re troopers. Either me or hubby would be dead at this point. We don’t travel well together!

  • Laura (Starloz) July 5, 2010, 7:59 pm

    That’s a lot of traveling, you guys better rest up once your home.

    Oh & the salads you’ve been having, holy yumminess!

  • anonymous loyal reader July 5, 2010, 8:02 pm

    Saw you tweeted about finding out about Trader Joes; very vegetarian/vegan friendly! Their soy sausage, soy chorizo, fruit leather, pretzels with peanut butter, flax peanut butter, vegan muffins, dark chocolate covered pretzel bark, and soy corn dogs are AMAZING!!! My meat loving sister even loves the soy corn dogs. They also sell Tofu Cuties, soy ice cream, and a variety of other soy goodies all for a very reasonable price. Heck, they even sell Puffins for a much lower price then grocery stores in my area(central NC).

    • caitlin July 5, 2010, 9:56 pm

      thanks for being loyal! 🙂

      AHHH i loved traders joe so much you do NOT understand!

  • Paige @Running Around Normal July 5, 2010, 8:13 pm

    Holy crap! That’s a lotta mileage! Glad your trips are nearing/are ending:)
    Those sweet potato chips look delish.

  • Camille July 5, 2010, 8:17 pm

    Oh man! At least this is your last one!
    Have a safe drive and enjoy the view along the way 🙂

  • Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter July 5, 2010, 8:17 pm

    I’m glad you’re home! Sounds like quite the trip.

  • Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life) July 5, 2010, 8:19 pm

    Aren’t the Charlotte roads so confusing?? I swear it took me over a year to learn ’em!

    Welcome back home! 🙂

  • Julie @ pickley pear July 5, 2010, 8:35 pm

    Tons of miles!!! Enjoy your time in your new home!!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin July 5, 2010, 8:40 pm

    Ahh, that’s how I felt after driving around Newfoundland for 2 weeks with my family. That was way too much time in the car for me!

    Enjoy being home! 🙂

  • Wei-Wei July 5, 2010, 8:40 pm

    Man, I hate long road trips. Thank god I never have to drive! 😛 Your lunch looks amazing! 🙂


  • Erin July 5, 2010, 8:53 pm

    I love road trips but not back-to-back like you’re having. Once in a while it’s fun!

  • Kelly July 5, 2010, 9:20 pm

    WOWWW that’s a lot of car time! At least you can sort of blog in the car, I get sick if I try to do anything except stare at the road in front of me!

  • Amber K @ sparkpeople July 5, 2010, 10:55 pm

    I think the trip the beach from here is about the longest I can handle. And that’s barely two hours! I just hate being stuck in a car! Hope you’re having fun, whatever you’re getting to do right now.

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