Hello Road. We haven’t been very close these past few years. I used to do California Road Trips – Giant Sequoia and Redwood trees, Big Bear, San Francisco, San Diego – but my tolerance for driving distances crashed and burned a few years ago. With the exception of Las Vegas and Tucson, I haven’t driven much. My 2014 car which had 12 miles when I purchased it in July 2014 has 6,650 miles 2 years later. I know – why do I have a car?
I left my job of 7 years in February and one of my To Do before I started a new ‘real’ job was to drive cross-country. The last time I drove across country was in November 1991 when I moved from Orlando Florida to Los Angeles California. It was 3 days – 2 of them in Texas (!), with stops to eat, use the bathroom and fill up. It wasn’t a journey; it was a drive to reach a destination.
This time I want a journey – a solo Thelma and Louise, if you will, with a happy ending. Hence my road trip adventure! Me, my car – newly detailed and windows tinted for heat protection – and 3-4 weeks.
Starting Point: Los Angeles, California Ending Point: Bethesda Maryland
I’m not taking the same route on the both legs of the road trip but I’m not venturing too far north. It’s August, I know, but I’m not chancing freak severe fall/winter weather. And, in full disclosure, I don’t want mountain driving. I like looking at them, living close to them, even visiting them but I’m not keen on high elevations and winding roads. I guess I’d rather take my chances with tornadoes and heat.
My stops have a rhyme and reason that only I understand yet seem to fit into one of these categories.
- Air and Space Museums
- Caves, Caverns and Natural Wonders
- Paranormal attractions
- Civil Rights and American History sites
Granted, there is a side road trip to Ohio on the westbound trip to visit Amish country. Just because. I also imagine I’ll be diverting to small towns along the way to check out vintage and/or antique stores. Unlike airplane travel, my shopping is only limited by the empty space in my car!
There’s so much beauty to see, plenty of good food to eat and, most important, lots of people to meet. This should be a well documented road trip. I have multiple cameras and an iPhone!
I know I’ve over –planned and that’s ok. If I decide I don’t want to see something, I won’t; if I decide to modify my route, I will and if I decide I’ve had enough, I’ll turn around and come home. This is MY journey, after all.