We made it into Philadelphia yesterday. After a great day in Pittsburgh on the 8th, we decided not to stay another evening and we headed out on the road. Around 9:30, just in time to catch Lost, we found a hotel in Carlisle, PA. Lucky enough, we got the last room in the hotel. They were having a car meet the next day.
After Carlisle, we came to Philadelphia. To be specific, we are not in Bryn Mawr, PA sitting in Anna's new apartment on a king bed we picked up yesterday. We rolled into town around noon and almost 12 hrs later, finally stopped moving and layed down on the bed. We were both tired, a little bruised and battered and sore from hauling around furniture. After spending some cashola on the apartment, we brought in all of Anna's worldly belongings, emptying the car for the first time in 1 week. Boy the car looked light. We then ventured off (the long way) to Uhaul and picked up a moving truck for the day. (They really gouge you on the mileage. Wish I had my brown truck over here.) The remainder of the day (now 3pm or so) was spent driving through rush hour traffic, trying to follow google map directions on my Blackberry while picking up furniture we found through friends and craigslist. One crazy story in all this is that we picked up a nice table, 4 chairs and a love seat from Lorrie, a friend of Eve's mother. Eve's mother is friends of people my parents met only 1 month ago on a Habitat for Humanity trip in Paraquay. Talk about 6 degrees of separation. I love the small world!
In the end, we got back to the house around 9:30 with a loveseat, a kitchen table, 4 chairs, a lamp, a small computer desk, a dresser, a king bed w/boxsprngs, and an Ikea bookshelf. The Uhaul was full. And getting all the stuff in the apartment was a chore, but we did it. We returned the Uhaul and thought we would try and find Target to get some little items we didn't have - like toilet paper.... That was a futile mission.
After getting some grub and returning home, we discovered we were missing a piece of the bed frame - we had left it in the Uhaul. So, another trip out into Philly to recover the piece. What a night.
Our first night sleep was good. We're up early as we needed to get out and about for some food and shopping. We still have a huge list of items we need to acquire before I return to Portland on Tuesday. Wish us luck.