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Drive across the USA (read all 10 entries…)
Update 2.0 Lonely Road

I have been on the road for just over 4 weeks now. In that time I crossed over 4 time zones travelled through 10 states, drove 7000 miles and seen some of the most amazing natural wonders known to man. I should feel motivated to see more and do more but at this moment I am feeling strangely empty. I am doing something that most people could only dream of, yet at the same time I feel like I am living a strange nightmare. It’s always been my dream to drive across America travelling from place to place meeting people seeing sights and having adventures.
However, reality doesn’t exactly turn out like the dream. I still feel empty when I should be enriched with the beauty and possibilities that life can bring. This road trip is starting to become like a long drawn out routine. I wake up from my motel room tired from the previous night drive rushing to make the check out time. We drive up to 3-4 hours to make the next attraction on our see before “we die list”. I take my photos and leave and drive another 3-4 hours for our next destination, stopping only for gas and miscellaneous snacks such as potato chips and dip. Have dinner at a chain restaurant where they serve one of the following pizza, steak, fajita and burgers. We then look for a motel chain we recognise because the independent ones looked closed or similar to ones where we wake up without one of our kidneys. We sleep and wake up and repeat the process. That is the cold reality of the road trip.
I am starting to think that this is my problem because the others are enjoying this trip. I just feel so lonely sometimes. I have to film, take photos, blog and figure something out a rough itinerary all the while worry about the new problems that might arise and anticipate them. I barely have time to think about why I am going on this trip and what do I want to achieve from it. Maybe I need some alone time from the others.
I still haven’t met anyone from America yet who can help me understand the country more. The more I travel the more complex the country becomes. I become confused in my search for “happiness”. I don’t need a “teacher figure” in particular, just someone nice to talk too. Someone I can chat to about anything from stories about our past to our hopes for the future and life strange little oddities. Anything it’s amazing how a friendly face can put everything into prospective.
I am heading towards the east coast now on the final stretch of the trip. I am in South Dakota at the moment heading north to Wisconsin heading south and to Chicago to Buffalo and then to the cities in the east coast New York, Boston and Philadelphia and Washington DC. I hope things can get better for me. I would love to meet some you on this site or anyone you might know who be interested in my project .

Here is my US number and email address
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Jkman18@gmail.com
www.naivepanda.com



Comments:

Dennis Thompson is cold and tired most of the time

Sounds a bit too routine

for a road trip, I personally love the idea of adding randomness to a holiday so that one day you’ll just feel like doing something and go and do it. When I travelled across Australia we generally slpet in tents during the trip, woke up early because of the sun, and went to bed early because we would struggle to cook and pitch tents in the dark. One night though we slept on the beach and another night we snuck into a hostel and slept there, I like to take a few risks and though you may end up with problems you certainly get experience. It is always tough being stuck in a close environment with people for a long time, you can’t all get your way so it does become tiring, hope you find some mojo for the rest of the trip.

Stay For a While

Instead of moving on every day, stay for a while in a place that’s interesting.

The way you’re describing it, it kind of sounds like work.

Maybe a town has an interesting thing going on that you’d want to hang around for. Maybe there’s some interesting thing to check out like some caves or a historical site. I’d stay in one place for 3 – 4 days before moving on.

Hope you find a good solution to make your trip as enjoyable as you’d hoped it would be!

wren You'll not see nothing like the mighty wren!

My husband & I

used to take months long road trips twice a year during the off seasons from our seasonal jobs.

The most enjoyable times I ever had were the times when we had no expectations and no schedules and I was just able to let go of everything and see what the day brought. If we found ourselves in a place we really liked, we would stay for a while and explore. Each day was directed by our feelings.

With most things, expectations ruin your appreciate of the reality. The American road trip is such a mythic experience that people often approach it with huge expectations of what it should be.

Best wishes for you as you continue your journey.

To meet some locals

You might want to skip the hotels/motels and try couchsurfing.

I second what others have said above: your trip sounds like everything is too planned and rigid. Stay for a couple of days (or longer) when you find a place you enjoy. If your plan is too ambitious, skip some of the places – I know (in my experience) I’d rather see a FEW places well than skim over the surface of LOTS of places. If there is a bit too much, um, togetherness in the group, suggest a day for solo exploration (again, I know I need this after a few days of traveling with family or a large group, sometimes even with my boyfriend!)

Also, if the blogging, writing, taking pictures, etc. seems like a chore, don’t do it. Take it all in with your senses. Write about it later, if and when you feel like it. Some of my own most memorable travel experiences are only in my mind – not written or photographed in any way. :)

I hope you get your travel mojo back and enjoy this experience!

P.S. And if all else fails, know that you’ll probably look back on this and love it. Things like this are sometimes better appreciated in retrospect!

1011011 is getting back up and trying again

East Coast

You’re heading to some great cities. The east coast will definitely cheer you up: New York, Boston, Philadelphia, and Washington DC. There’s more US history in these cities than the rest of the country.


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