Now, keep in mind that 99% of the time this family has done road trips (since 1983) I've been the one driving, because the ex liked to enjoy the scenery. Which is okay when you're in the mostly flat/gently rolling plains of Minnesota, but not so much when you're in the river bluff country or up in the piedmont. To say nothing of mountains. And that gets pretty damn old after a while.
So this was extremely cool. I got to chill out and watch the scenery (which included a mother black bear and her cub) along the drive out from Ashburn. Awesome scenery was awesome, and I didn't have to do the heavy lifting involved in getting the Kia up and down those twisty mountain roads. BONUS. :D
Thanks a million, P. We need to do this again sometime.