It took us 6 days and 3,015 miles to get from Sherwood, Oregon to Hammondsport, New York. I haven’t taken a long driving trip for over 20 years and I have a renewed love of the road. The trip reminded me of the years the boys and I took the train all the way to New York; there’s something mildly hypnotic about both. Each time, I quickly relaxed and settled into the unique rhythm. The only major surprise of this journey? Sleeping! Apparently driving is exhausting. I slept deeply each night and was slow to start each morning; a huge change since I normally rise before 5am. Since Chris was sleeping well also, each morning started later than planned. Not a huge deal, but we missed out on some evening exploration since we rolled into each destination at 7pm or later.
Finally, a bit of context. Why Hammondsport? We have two family cottages on Keuka Lake, the oldest of which was built in 1905 by my great-great grandfather. I have been coming to the lake nearly every summer of my life and it is a home away from home. Chris and I are spending the whole summer, and are thrilled for the opportunity to see family and friends and to do much-needed work on the cottages. We are so very fortunate; there is a magic at Keuka like no other.