Paul’s recent posts have gotten me thinking about taking a road trip of my own, and I’m sure a lot of you guys are on the same page. Choosing when and where to go, however, is a harder decision. Is the gorgeous desolation of the high plains calling your name? Or perhaps the winding mountain roads connecting small Appalachian towns?
This summer, any long trip I take will be to New England to visit an old friend who’s recently become a Mainer. Such an excursion will definitely involve drives up and down the cool, breezy coastline in her 1985 300D, sunroof wide open.
Time and work limit many of our choices and I personally can choose one long vacation and one only. That doesn’t mean, however, that I won’t make shorter excursions around southern Indiana, maybe even to southern Illinois, through Kentucky, or even Tennessee. I’ve never seen a tornado, and I’m determined to make it happen (from a safe distance, of course).
A lot of us, however, will just want to go any place that traffic’s light and speed limit enforcement, lax. Many of you, no doubt, know where that can be easily accomplished. If you have people in your life who support such behavior, consider yourselves lucky. A big part of any trip is the company you bring along, and that’s possibly truest for road trips, where hours are spent in close proximity.
Remember most of all that taking a road trip is a privilege. There are people out there married to partners who don’t find the idea of a road trip appealing, who’ll always be looking at the speedometer and who won’t want to veer off the interstate. And there are even more who won’t have the chance to leave work for long enough to go very far. Think of all those people when you’re out there over the next few months and remember not to play it too safe: go where you’re told is sketchy and be quick about it. Inquiring minds at CC want to know what form your road trip urge is taking, so please share with us where you plan to go, where you’ve gone in the past, and what you’ve seen. Remember to be wild while you’re out there.