Wednesday, September 29, 2010
A few years ago I took a 2-week-long roadtrip for my vacation. It seems that whenever I talk about it, one of the first questions I am asked is "Weren't you scared to do that by yourself?". No, not really. I drive alone every day! Why should a road trip be any scarier than the freeways in SoCal? I did charge up my pre-paid cell phone & add some minutes to it - something I don't usually do. (Yes, I am the one that doesn't normally carry a cell phone!) I didn't do much driving after dark & I didn't stop in deserted areas. At that time I didn't have GPS either, but I had a plethora of maps. I may not be very good at geography, but I AM very good at reading a map - even a topographical one. I only sort of got lost once. I say 'sort of' because it turned out that I was going in the right direction, but the road construction tricked me a bit. Well, that, and the disappearing house at the end of that day's drive....but that's for another day.
It would have been nice to have had a co-driver, so that each day's driving could have been farther. Less of my pictures would have been taken through the windshield. We could have stopped & looked around more often. I think I would have gotten off the road in Texas where I saw my favorite sign - it was painted on the fascia of the roof of a gas station next to the highway. It said: "DIESEL FRIED CHICKEN". Not sure I want to eat that chicken, but the sign just tickled me. Oh, and I wouldn't have had to talk to myself so much either.
I'm thinking about another roadtrip, maybe next year. Anyone want to tag along? Try some diesel fried chicken?