My first stop was at Buc-ee's in Luling. If you've never stopped at a Buc-ee's, you need to the next time you see one. They are amazing. I got gas, used the immaculately clean restroom, picked up my favorite trail mix (the one with the little yogurt chips!), looked for a map (no luck), and found a little traveling companion.
I got my wish about taking my time and enjoying the day without rushing around. It was wet when I left home and threatening to rain (like it really would). After we got back on the road it started to mist. By the time I hit Houston it was a soft messy rain that the traffic was kicking up into a sight hindering mess. There were numerous wrecks to gawk at and wreck debris to avoid for entertainment as I crept through Houston. Slow traffic and rain continued until I got east of Lake Charles. I kept reminding myself that this was part of the plan to slow down and relax. I just wished that it was raining at home and that I was enjoying a raining afternoon there instead of shuffling along with traffic.