Original Plan for Day 4, 7/27:
• Drive from Bozeman, MT to Lynnwood, WA: 689 miles, approx. 11 hours and 30 minutes with stops
• Fight sheer exhaustion and leave an hour earlier than previous days
• Travel into Pacific Time Zone and realize we will always be 3 hours behind our families
• Attempt to travel further back in time to arrive at the leasing office before it closes to sign our paperwork and get our keys
• Collapse into our new home and thank our lucky stars for our safe arrival
We had a huge challenge for this last day of driving. Not only did we have to conquer our exhaustion from driving the past 3 days straight, but we had to make it to our apartment’s leasing office by 4pm local time in order to sign the lease, do the walk-through, and get the keys before the leasing office closed for the day. If we didn’t, we wouldn’t be able to start that process until 10am on Sunday. So, we left behind the comfort of our upgraded suite and the potential of a free breakfast and hit the road at 4am. The beautiful sunrise in Montana was well worth it, however.
Like day 2, it was a fairly uneventful day of driving. The kids behaved, though I could tell they were both DONE with being in the car. I was making good time with the stops we had to make and was feeling pretty good about getting there in time, so I decided to enjoy the scenery. Western Montana is breathtakingly beautiful.
After driving through the panhandle of Idaho (which is also beautiful), we finally made it into the state of Washington.
Look closely, it says “Welcome Home!” OK, OK, “Welcome to Washington!”
While we stopped for lunch, perhaps inspired by the previous day’s Stop of Poo, the Boo decided that his dinosaur had made a poop and needed to be changed.
After lunch, we made it to the other side of the state, enjoying the scenery on the way.
At long last, just in time, we landed at our apartment complex, got the keys, and collapsed into our new home.
After a night of makeshift bedding, we paid a couple of guys to unload the truck for us on Sunday, with the help of the Hubs while I watched the kids. As soon as they were done, it was clear we had A LOT of work to do.
We are so happy to have landed safely in our new home in our new city. We’d like to thank everyone for their messages of support and cheering us on as we embarked on this long journey.
Now the fun begins!!