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Here I would love to share with you our travels and adventures as international mushroom consultants. MEMOIRS about husband Pieter Vedder, who was a SCIENTIFIC PIONEER in Mushroom Cultivation Education. His practical handbook is in 9 languages and is called the MUSHROOM BIBLE: https://mariettesbacktobasics.blogspot.com/2020/08/modern-mushroom-growing-2020-harvesting.html

Friday, August 19, 2022

Driving from Tennessee through Mississippi and Alabama home to Georgia

Our final stretch home, from this 11–day journey by car to the West.
On Interstate 22 East Byhalia, Mississippi and look at the perfect weather!
We veer off towards Holly Springs and Tupelo, Mississippi
Rolling Truck Stop & Cafe near Flatwood and Carbon Hill, Alabama on Interstate 22
Chevron in Nauvoo, Alabama
Pieter napping in Cordova, Alabama
Interstate 20 East Birmingham – Fountain Heights
Center right is the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Birmingham and made me think of Uncle Bo Whaley who worked as an FBI agent for 20 years...
We pretty soon got to change our watches again, one hour later!
Around 16:30 I was in Atlanta, Georgia veering off of Interstate 20 onto Interstate 75 South...
We both needed a human pit stop and with that we always filled up our car.
This was at Shell Oil in Jackson, Georgia
Just have to rave about these healthy snacks from Costco.
Pains au Chocolat
Product of France
No artificial colors
No artificial flavors
No high fructose corn syrup
European bakery items are by far not as sweet as American and this is so important for me with diabetes type 2 and CKD stage 4.
Felt great during the entire trip and we both didn't change weight.
Often the high sugar level goes hand in hand with high sodium; a no–no for both of us, also for Pieter since his heart attack and open–heart surgery on September 3, 2010.
On July 16, I started driving with the mileage on 13,633 
Home by 19:17 and the total mileage was now 18,602
My total mileage 4,969 mi or 7,996.83 km
Fuel Economy for our Infiniti QX50 was 28.9 MPG 
28.9 U.S. Mile Per Gallon =
12.29 Kilometers per Liter
Total trip and 8 dots for where we spent the night(s).
We passed through 16 states:
  1. Georgia
  2. Tennessee
  3. Kentucky
  4. Illinois
  5. Missouri
  6. Iowa
  7. Nebraska
  8. South Dakota
  9. Wyoming
  10. Colorado
  11. New Mexico
  12. Texas
  13. Oklahoma
  14. Arkansas
  15. Mississippi
  16. Alabama
Our car had its oil change and rotating of wheels done a couple of days later.
Having the appointment with Infiniti, we opted for a stay at Hyatt Regency Suites in Marietta and enjoy a swim... 
But our good luck with perfect weather seemed to be OVER with, as it RAINED!
This was next morning from our room, Atlanta skyline in the distance.
To the left is our loyal Infiniti QX50 parked, after the check up.
LOVED driving this car, perfect in the mountains and not a single issue with it. 

Hope you enjoyed traveling along and maybe learned something for not putting off things, before you will regret it.
Shared memories with your spouse are always double joy!

Enjoy one final 2 minute Relive video:


  1. Cara Mariette ti invidio perchè sei sempre in viaggio!Buon fine settimana.

    1. Cara Olga,
      Non è vero, sono andato nei Paesi Bassi un'ultima volta e questo è stato il nostro ultimo tentativo di vedere alcune parti del nostro paese prima che sia troppo tardi.

  2. What an amazing journey - 16 States in 11 days. You are marvellous and what an example to all of us. Well done; an enjoyable holiday which we loved to share with you.

    God bless.

    1. Dearest Victor,
      It only proves what we can do with the help of prayer and the will–power to DO it; not just talking about it.
      Glad you liked to travel along!

  3. That was an incredible trip with so much driving, Mariette! I'm glad it was worthwhile.

    You are right when you tell us not to put things off. I have a first cousin out in BC who just had a "small stroke" and has a blood clot near her brain. They cannot operate because of her existing health issues (she's a cancer survivor, has had a lot of other health issues in spite of the fact that she lives a healthy lifestyle, doesn't smoke etc.). Anyway, we're waiting for further word from the west coast, as she's in hospital in Surrey (lower mainland of BC). She turned 60 in June, she's only 2 years older than I am. It makes me want to quit my job and LIVE while I can, but of course that's not possible for me at this time.

    So yes, "seize the day," because we never know what's around the corner, so to speak.

    1. Dearest Kim,
      It was an incredible trip indeed but the driving on good roads (except those 150 miles driven in Yellowstone, up and down) made it very pleasant to do.
      Your first cousin is not the 'only' example of people having literally missed out on things in life!
      It is often very sad and you can never reverse the clock.
      By the way both of us have driven our rental car also in Surrey, B.C. or the Fraser Valley as it is called.
      At least you are coming close to your year of freedom and let's hope and pray that you can enjoy your own things then!

  4. That's a lot of mileage. Glad to know you had a good trip and good weather along the way.

    1. Dearest Tammy,
      It sure was a grand total of mileage but out west the traffic is so easy compared to e.g. the Atlanta area.
      The weather was almost miraculously good. The spot where I got my ticket had flash flooding only 3 days later!

  5. Hi Mariette! Thank you for allowing us to travel with you;-)

    1. Dearest Anne,
      You're quite welcome and traveling virtual did not put any strain on my driving, nor mileage outcome.
      For both of us this now also is a nice way of looking back on it.

  6. Ha echado un buen sueño, dentro del coche. No hay más remedio que descansar, aprovechando las áreas de descanso, para los conductores.

    1. Querida Antónia,
      Notable para una persona de más de 93 años para hacer un viaje tan largo. Se siente como en casa dentro de nuestro propio automóvil y puede dormir la siesta alrededor del mediodía después del almuerzo.
      ¡Tan feliz de que esto fuera posible por llevarlo! Ahora revivimos todos los momentos entrañables...

  7. Such a fabulous journey you all had, Mariette! Maybe someday, Danny and I will head out west.

    1. Dearest Martha Jane,
      Yes, we both are so grateful to God for granting us to do this 'in time'.
      We've always put our own lives on the back burner and served others first—finally it was our turn.
      Danny has already connections in New Mexico; so why not go there together?!

  8. What a trip, sounds bloody great. I have always loved road trips

    1. Dearest Jo-Anne,
      It was the trip of our life and with sunshine every day!

  9. WoW! That was some road trip!
    I have great admiration and respect for the two of you!
    Love your indefatigable spirit despite your age (no offence intended) and heath issues.
    So glad to have connected with you, my dear friend!

    Hugs and blessings! 🙏❤️❤️❤️❤️

    1. Dearest Veronica,
      It was quite a trip through our very vast country.
      So glad I've done it and all is a matter of resting up, preparing well for the long trip and then doing it with all our will–power and lots of prayers.

  10. It was a great journey. Perhaps a bit long but amazing.
    Blessed Sunday :)

    1. Dearest Lucja–Maria,
      Our country is that vast, there is no way around and for getting to the region where we wanted to be, I had to cross all those states.
      We truly enjoyed seeing those different states and their agriculture, we admire the people that work the land.
      Road system in the USA is perfect so we did it!

  11. Querida Mariette, é muito bom ver que essa viagem por 16 Estados deixou vocês muitos felizes, um feito e tanto!!
    Aplausos sempre pela bela iniciativa!
    Abraços para vocês dois, querida, pela disposição maravilhosa.
    Ah... e grato por terem me levado junto!! 😄😁😆

    1. Querida Taís,
      Foi um prazer ter você viajando conosco, virtualmente!
      Nós realmente gostamos dessa viagem e ainda mais seus destaques.
      Grandes abraços,

  12. Funny, I knew you would correct me, but I was too lazy to write the Netherlands. Hope you have a lovely week. I don't know about you, but I am getting tired of all this rain.

    1. Dearest Kelleyn,
      Haha, you're just too smart for not doing it correctly! 😉
      Guess, you and I have been oh so lucky with perfect weather while away from home.
      This is too much rain and you can't actually plan anything...

  13. You have a lot of courage to make such a long journey in such a short time. They are a good example of what it takes is will.
    Coisas de Feltro

  14. Dearest Christina,
    Well, in order to get all the way to the West where we wanted to go, one has to pass a lot of distance.
    But it is exactly as you say; will power is the main ingredient!
    We're so glad we did it and enjoyed it thoroughly.


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