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bamarockNew York to LA sounds too routine--but I have good expectations

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 4 years ago

Blake MatthiasUntitled

Have car, will travel. The best way to do this, currently with the gas hike, is to get a gang of people together that wouldn’t mind going, or at least two or three others. That way you can share gas and other expenses. 5 years ago

DubaiExpatN.Y to L.A

Has been a life long dream for me to do this one day. 5 years ago

Dunbar_1976I did the reverse

I lived in LA and moved back to NYC. It was worth doing if you have a good month or so. I wouldn’t recomend going the way I did. I would head north from LA and go to San Fran, Portland or Seattle. From there I would go to east through Idaho and South Dakota, Then through Chicago and then it is a straight shot to NYC. If you go the southern route The only real highlight is New Mexico. I’m a city boy, but could live there pretty easily. 6 years ago

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