The Phactor likes to travel, but hates traveling. Going new and/or different places is great; getting there is a pain. Unfortunately out trip home set a new travel record from southeastern most NC to its border with TN on rt 40; It took eight and a half hours! With no diddling around! The problem was simply too many people in too many cars rendering our intra- and interstate road system wholly inadequate, then you compound that with hot weather, the attendant car breakdowns, poor driving habits, and short tempers, and you have near gridlock appearing at the slightest provocation that increased our usual trip by nearly 2 hours mostly spent standing still in traffic, and none of it was due to road construction. It tried our patience and endurance. On the good news front our cat-plant sitter did a great job and things looked well-watered and well-nourished, although something ate half our zucchini plants. The plans for the garden moat and mine field must get completed if our wildlife friendly yard is going to stay that way.