Then it was smooth sailing for a couple of hours on one of the fabulous French autoroutes until we hit rain. Rain? Where did it come from? The weather report had assured us it would be clear. No matter; there was quite a bit of rain off and one for hours. We dealt with it, but it slowed us down, as did the heavy traffic near Lyon and St.-Etienne (we had taken the north eastern route, not the south eastern route). What should have been a six hour drive turned into almost ten hour one, with just a few quick bathroom/sandwich stops.
The good news was that we all remained calm and in good humor. Ben and I are a very good team in the car, which we proved again yesterday by not biting each other's heads off. The boys were especially good travelers, sleeping, listening to their ipods, and watching movies they had downloaded onto the ipad, and only occasionally announcing to us that the drive seemed to be taking a long time.
When we did arrive in Orange and were eating dinner in front of the great Roman theater there, celebrations were in order!
We've had a good night's sleep and a good breakfast and will soon head out to the Pont du Gard, the main reason we made the long drive down here.