1,000 miles in 17 hours
A tank full of gas and a tightly packed minivan? Check. Our dog-eared copy of Drive I-95, heavily highlighted? Check. Three excited children — my 11-year-old son, my 5-year-old daughter, and my 4-year-old grandson? Check, check, and check. With all systems "go," we took off on a thousand-mile trek down the East Coast, starting in New Jersey and ending in Florida. Our destination was Disney World, but as Harry Chapin once wrote, "It's got to be the going, not the getting there, that's good." With that in mind, we hoped to make the 16 plus hours of road time as exciting as a spin on Buzz Lightyear's Astro Orbiter. Well, okay, maybe that's too ambitious. But we did want to make things as comfortable, enjoyable, and painless as possible. And if we could make it a bit of fun, so much the better.