One of the things on the top of my Travel-Bucket List (which will be published shortly) is to drive across the country. And thanks to my adventurous and ambitious brother, that dream with be realized.
Next month my brother is moving to Seattle for graduate school. The day I found out he accepted the offer, I asked to join him on his ride to the North West. It wasn’t that easy to convince him to let me tag along, but in the end he came around. And in just over four weeks we are packing up the car, filling the tank, and hitting the road.
While our itinerary isn’t set in stone, we have some definite stops for the 2,869-mile trip. These include a visit to AAA’s favorite mid-American city, Madison, WI, a wander around Badlands National Park in SD, a photo opp at Mount Rushmore, and what I’m hoping turns into a day-long break for hiking at Yellowstone. As for sleeping arrangements, the first night will likely be spent in a cheap motel (it’s part of the American road-trip way, no?). During our evening of planning, I found what seemed to be the cheapest en-route motel I could find in between Pennsylvania and Chicago and exclaimed, “Ooooh, $34.99! Bargain!” My dad replied, “Make sure it’s safe, I’ll pay for a more expensive one if it means you’re safe.” So I said, “The Super 8 is $39.99.” That’s better, get that one, he responded. (He has very high standards, my dad.) For the remainder of nights, I believe one will be spent visiting family/friends in either WI or MN and after that it’s tenting all the say — and keeping our fingers crossed that we don’t smell like a meal to any crazy animals.
I’m psyched to make this trip and expect it will be an eye opener. I’ve only ventured to the West Coast once, (Cali, West Coast, and SD Zoo) and I think it’ll be intriguing to witness the physical and cultural transformations the country makes as we roll along I-90. It’ll be a great bonding experience when our caffeine levels are on par — we both need a high dose of caffeine to transition from silent misery to giddy energy. And since the Pacific Northwest is at the top of my list of places to visit, I guess I owe my bro a huge high-five for moving out there.
I plan on blogging the trip as we go, so stay tuned.
And it just occurred to me that once we make it to the rainy WA city, I will have successfully traversed across two countries. Maybe I should start a cross-country tour company. Hmmm….