My childhood home is located approximately 6 hours driving time from our old beach house. Every other weekend I had to work at the hair salon doing nails so this was perfect. Weekend one of the month I would get off work on Friday and drive 6 hours that night to arrive in North Carolina early in the AM. I can't tell you how many times I took NoDoz to stay awake. It was ugly and I probably should never have been doing that kind of driving at my age, alone at that time of night. Needless to say I had a lead foot and acquired so many tickets that summer that my license was no longer valid in Virginia. OOPS!
Looking back I did a lot of road tripping from the age of 19 and beyond. I've driven from Maryland to North Carolina, from Maryland to Florida (lived there for 6 months and did the road tripping thing there for almost 6 years, while dating one of my ex-boyfriends) and from Maryland to Alabama and back may times. Yes, I'm sure you're noticing a trend, 3 out of the 5 major relationships I've had in my life have been or started out long distance. Issues much? I have a lot of fond memories during these trips as well.
Favorite Road Trip Things:
- Blasting music and singing a long the whole way there.
- Gas station pizza - yes I eat it and frankly I LOVE IT.
- The sights and landmarks you get to see.
- The sights and people you get to see - wow!
- Taking the same stretch of road over and over you start to see differences in surroundings and while sometimes it's awesome others it's a bit sad to see nature being taken away.
- I love the drive from Alabama to Maryland - going through the Tennessee Mountains and seeing all the back country areas that I don't get to see on all the main highways rocks.
- Getting to hit up certain rest stops - you start to remember the exits and where you can find not only a clean place to go to the bathroom (SO important) but also great places to eat.
- Truck Stops - I like to go to the public truck stops where anyone is welcome to eat. We call these Choke and Pukes, or at least Snowman does (aka Bandit's side kick). For the record my jeep is named after him "Snowman".
- The anticipation of heading to a place and all the fun when you'll have there!
- The celebration of knowing you'll be home in your own bed soon on the way home.
- People watching - you can see a lot of nose pickers when you're on the road.
- Road Snacks - my mom always packed the bet treats on the way to the beach every year. I think we'd polish off an entire box of twinkies in 6 hours. So bad but so fun!
- Healthier Road Snacks - at least this time around I'm telling myself I will enjoy this. Sorry Twinkies.
- Seeing if you can beat your best time, every time. Mike and I do this a lot.
- Leaving early in the AM and making it to the destination before the sun goes down. This helps with not needing No-Doz to stay awake. I wish they would have had red bull when I was in my early 20's!
- Catch up on reading - if I don't get sick from doing this in the car, it's always a great thing.
- We don't have a lap top, a video game systems that is portable (anymore), we only have the open road, our music on our ipods and sometimes we watch movies on Mike's ipod.
- Smokey and the Bandit is the best road trip movie ever - I know it word for word so I can listen to it and drive while Mike watches it. This makes the time fly by SO fast.
- No road trip to Maryland from Alabama and back is complete with out hearing "East Bound and Down" or "Home Sweet Home" by Motley Crüe on the way there or "Sweet Home Alabama" by Skynyrd on the way across the state line returning to Alabama.
Do you love road trips? What are your favorite things to do while on one?