Jan 09, 2014 - 5:20 pm
I've done a lot of overnight travel for work, but it was always on a tight schedule with no time left to stop and smell the roses. Places I mostly covered were: MI, OH, IN, KY, SC, TN, MS, AL and Mexico.
I always wanted to travel across America. Just me and my GPS, with no planning, no hotel reservations, to drive, to stop for food and sleep when and where I feel like, to see new places, visit old friends and meet new ones. I'm thinking that if I delay it any longer, it might not happen. For obvious reasons.
Here's a rough plan and I reserve the right to change it at will. I think the best time to do it is in spring. From Toronto down the East Coast through MA, NY, NJ, PA, VA, GA to FL, west through LA, TX, AZ to CA up the West Coast, then north-east to NV, CO, UT, MO, IL, MI and back to Canada. Total distance: 8,500 miles. Total driving time: 140 hrs. Driving no more than 5-6 hrs a day and leaving lots of time to rest and sight-see, it should take me about 2 months. I drive a fairly new and fast 2-seater with minimum trunk space. I will pack light. Of course I will write. Maybe I'll pick up handsome hitchhikers and get in trouble with the law to make my posts more interesting. Move over "National Lampoon's Vacation" and "Thelma & Louise"
Anyone besides me thinks that's a good idea? Today a dear friend wished me a Happy National Mental Health Day, so I would like an honest opinion.
P.S. I just estimated the cost of gas, tolls, lodging and food. It ain't cheap. Then there's also cost avoidance of me not sitting at home all day ordering crap off eBay.
P.P.S. Map updated to include Boston, MA (thanks Eileen) and St. Louis, MO (thanks Susan).