**Here's the latest post from our intern Zach Murdock, who's on the road to Hancock County from Columbia, Mo. He'll be posting about his trip, but encourages you to visit his website zachmurdock.wordpress.com for more.**
After day two, we've made it through two more states and need to make the big trip across Pennsylvania and through New York City today. Here are our driving stats from day two:
- Two tanks of gas over more than 450 miles through three different states all afternoon and evening.
Plus, the trip gave us a chance to make a couple of cool stops, including South Bend, Ind., the home of the Fighting Irish. Of course, the University of Notre Dame is a private school, so it took a bit of accidental cheating to get around some security gates to make our personal little campus tour happen (no laws were broken in said visit, but we may or may not have violated a few campus parking rules).
During the few hours that Beth drove yesterday, I found myself plugged back into the world of the Missourian, catching up on press release emails and the most recent local issues. For two semesters I reported on higher education in Columbia, Mo., and I've found it hard to ween myself off of the constant news that's come out of my regular beat.
Then by the time I've gone through it all, Beth's already angry at me — she says I'm not nearly as entertaining a passenger as she is, and I'm an admittedly bad back seat driver. Eventually, we made it (almost) to the border of Ohio and Pennsylvania and camped out (in a Holiday Inn) before the big trip through New York City.
To what seems to be everyone-I've-talked-to's horror, I've managed to time things just terribly so that Beth and I will be venturing through Bronx just as the Yankees are done beating up on the Oakland A's. That means that we won't just be dealing with Saturday night, Memorial Day weekend New York City traffic — we'll get to add the flood of Yankees fans leaving the game to the mix too. Whoops.
If I make it through New York, I’ll be posting right here and you can follow the trip on my Twitter at @zach_murdock. Of course, there isn''t much WiFi internet on I-80 in the middle of Pennsylvania, so I encourage you to visit my website zachmurdock.wordpress.com because I can post there without an internet connection (oh, beautiful smartphones).