I have been driving for 45 years and I have been thinking about cross-country for about 45 years.
June of 2010 could be the month. I am crazy about June—schools out, good sunshine, pleasantly warm (but not as hot as July and August), and life slows down just a bit. Yeah, I think June is the right time. First I will need two days to drive from Alabama to New York.
Feel certain that I will stay for a day or two on Long Island just to rest somewhat before the big drive. Why Long Island? Well I have been to the city a number of times but I never had the time to drive out to Southhampton.
Wow! Going from NYC to LA sounds like what happened to television and professional sports in the 50s and 60s. I guess there were plenty of logical reasons (like time zones and advertising money), but it was a colossal shift that greatly affected both cities.
But my journey is not about seeing these two urban monstrosities. I expect to cross through and hang around at least 50 towns and small cities. Do not intend to be in a hurry and I probably will zig-zag the map to visit natural wonders, strange musuems, college campuses, major league and minor league baseball stadiums, and towns with unusual names. And Hannibal, Missouri—You know that Mark Twain died in 1910 and there will be tributes and celebrations throughout the spring and summer.
How about this for an added feature—no more than one fast-food restuarant per day. Originally I was thinking about “no fast food” but that could be considered un-American. McDonalds has pretty good coffee now and I must have ice cream at least once a day.
And how about this-
no cds or recorded music-3000 miles of local radio stations. I think I will buy a local newspaper in all my breakfast and dinner stops.
Hey which car should I drive—my Toyota 4-Runner or my ‘89 Mustang convertible? No doubt that the Toyota is a more comfortable ride and has lots of storage space. But isn’t the road trip of your life the best reason for owning a ragtop?
Should I invite a friend or perhaps my dog? That is a long trip for a dog but canines make great travel companions. Do you have suggestions? Would enjoy hearing from you.
Dave 5 years ago