Up and out of my hotel room in Effingham a little past 8, continuing south and east. Arrived in Mt Carmel with plenty of time to space in advance of the regular 10:30 Mass at St John the Baptist. We confirmed a young lady, and otherwise enjoyed a hearty celebration of the First Sunday of Advent, followed by a just-as-hearty potluck meal and conversation in the parish hall. Hit the road at 1:10 and pulled into my driveway right at 4:30. With the exception of Cairo, this is the longest of my Sunday afternoon drives.
P.S. I will be on personal retreat this week, so laying off of social media in all forms. Back in this space next weekend.