On Friday, I took a little road trip down to Puglia.
I thought I’d document what happened once an hour to give you a sense of the trip, with my mobile phone (I’m hoping to get a new one with an awesome camera soon). Hope you enjoy!
We’d already been awake for some time, and on the road for a bit. This was our first important stop, at Italy’s ever-present Autogrills, for coffee. You can see the crumbs from other customers’ brioche/cornetti at my feet. Really needed that.
We’re officially no longer driving in the dark. The sunrise peeks over one of my favorite overpasses outside Reggio Emilia.
First gas-up. We have a car which runs on propane, and we have a small tank and have to stop more often. The sun is shining and all of the early morning freshness is now gone. It’s 23C (74F).
Breakfast. A few handfuls of pistachios followed this banana. Do you pack food when you travel or road trip? I do. I used to love buying food at the stops but now I enjoy shopping before and having good snacks on hand. Don’t you love the sunray on this heavenly banana?
Almost halfway through! Now we’re in Le Marche, a region I love driving through. I believe we’re near Loreto at this point.
I fuel up with a Pocket Espresso to Go – the savior of all Italian drivers (picture not taken while driving).
Last gas-up. I get mesmerized by the brightness and the colors of the gas station. Enjoy a little Autogrill still life. Like the last .1 miles of the half-marathon I ran last month, the last hours seem the hardest. Maybe I’m a little sleep-deprived at this point.
Almost there. Just a kilometer or so away is the sea. I’m back to being a passenger.
Arrival and immediate devouring of homemade lunch – melanzane ripieni, stuffed eggplant (not exactly like the stuffed eggplant on this site), a little mozzarella di bufala, mozzarella made with buffalo milk, fiori di zucca, homemade fried zucchini blossoms, and green beans with garlic and mint.
Fight post-lunch slump with another coffee, and it’s time to work, too. WordPress image editor in the background – yeah!
I look up to finally admire my view from my temporary office. It’s 33C (91F) out but there’s a great breeze and I’m in the shade, so it’s perfect.
Much, much later pm.
I finish working and call it a night.
Do you road trip? Can you stand long hours driving or sitting in a car? Have a favorite playlist or music you listen to while on the road?