Continued from Charleston Day 3 Part 2.
This morning we will pack up everything, get into a rental car and drive to Charleston. One of the best decision that I’ve made so far on this trip was to take a bus into Charleston instead of renting a car from day one and just leaving it parked and costing us money. Instead, I will be picking up a rental car today from a lot within walking distance of our hotel and returning it at the Savannah airport on the day that we fly back to Austin.
So, while everyone else packed, I made a short walk to Avis car rental, which was just a few blocks away from hotel. I had tried to call Avis, but the number provided would only connect me to Budget(also owned by Avis). Budget couldn’t pull up my confirmation number to see whether they did indeed have a car seat that I had requested. When I asked Budget for the number to Avis, they gave me a national number, which was useless. Then I asked for the local Avis number, which they gave me the listed number for Avis, which…was the same number that I just called that led to Budget agent…WTF. I feel like I am in a Kafkaesque nightmare. Finally, I said fuck it and just decided to walk to the car rental lot and talk to someone in person to get it sorted.
This is what I saw when I walked over to the Avis/Budget car lot office. This is it, just one small desk. So, did I talk to the one person here who only works for Budget accounts and was too lazy to get his coworker to input Avis info, or did my phone call lead to some other local call center? Ugh, either way, this is stupid. There was no one at the desk, so I waited and waited until finally I just walked to the back lot, where I found the two employees moving the 10 cars around that they had on the lot. Fortunately, they did have the car seat for PL that I had requested, and soon I was on my way with a van.
Here’s our ride in all of her glory. When we had traveled with my in laws to SF/Napa, we also had a dodge van, but in white. I had nicknamed that van the white whale, ie. moby dick. Of course, I just called it The Dick for short. If that white van was The Dick, then I guess that would make this van The Bla….hahaha.
We drove a few blocks to this warehouse between two highways where the coffee shop is located. Cool, there’s a distillery here, I wonder if there’s any small bottles that we can buy for carry on luggage.
Our coffee pit stop took much longer than expected since it took them a little bit of time to make our breakfast. But again, it’s pretty damn good. I worry because there’s only so much time we can keep the kids strapped to their car seats until they start to lose it…though, oddly enough, I think they both kind of miss their car seats. I think they enjoy the familiarity of being in a car seat since they’ve been traveling around out of their routine.
It’s been almost two hours in the car, since the coffee stop took us an extra 25 minutes. We had planned on stopping at this McDonald’s for a restroom break and snack break about 30 minutes ago when we looked for a place to stop on our phone. As luck would have it, literally about 30 seconds right before us reaching the McDonald’s both girls start losing it big time, while they had been pretty calm for much of the ride before!! Perfect timing for picking a place to stop.
Eating an apple slice, but must put it in the french fry container. We discovered that McNuggets with the fried batter peeled off makes for a delicious lunch for PL as she will actually eat them(she can be picky about foods, like most toddlers). Will keep that in mind for future road trips.
I had sort of expected this, but was still surprised to see it to be true. The car seat that we rented from the Avis is absolutely disgusting. Stains of all sorts(poop as well), all over the cover. It looks like it’s been in use for years and never been washed…ugh. I almost wanted to lug around PL’s convertible car seat back from Austin just so we wouldn’t have to use this disgusting thing. Someone is getting a bath when we get to the hotel…
When we arrived, only one room was ready for check in. We also received the bad news that they didn’t have any side by side rooms where we could open the door connecting the two rooms together. I guess we’ll have to rough it and try to put both girls to nap in the same room…
To be continued at Savannah Day 1 Part 2.