The Emmett Wilson Odyssey (in my Honda Odyssey) begins tomorrow morning.
I’ve driven in that car with my family across the United States four times; so, this jaunt down the East Coast seems like a wimpy road trip in comparison.
My friends, the true test of resilience (or, a marriage) is the survival through a 4,000 mile road trip with four children under 12 (one with questionable continence) that includes ongoing whine fests, and hours of mindless Disney Channel or Kidz Bop music. But I digress.
Emmett used to go back and forth from Pensacola to Washington several times a year. The typical trip for him was about two and a half days on a train, which would make several stops along the way.
Also, it was comparatively expensive. Your average ticket, one way was about $40 in 1913 (the year he was elected Congressman). That would be about $650 in today’s cash. Driving straight through can be done in about 15 hours, and at about $250 (gas, food).
I thought about taking a train down, in imitation of the way Emmett traveled, but modern technology has made me impatient and more controlling, I think. That, plus I do need to get around on my own a lot, and you can’t have a lot of appointments on this trip without the convenience of a car. Emmett never owned a car; he was able to rely on walking, catching the train, or catching the trolley to get to his destinations.
So, I’m off tomorrow, and will check in again as the adventures in exploring Emmett Wilson’s life continue. This should be an interesting research trip.
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