First off, I apologize for not getting this post out on Friday when it was scheduled to be out, but my lack of internetwebs throughout the weekend pushed it back until now. So, here comes the first of the Eclectic of the Eccentric! Enjoy!
A few months back, I ventured out of the Podunk backyard of my Wisconsin home and I hit the open road with two buddies on our way to California. We had a trunk full of snacks and Gatorades. We had music picked out for the first couple key destinations and we had a lot of enthusiasm. We drove for about 72 total hours, and let me tell you, there are some crazy things that happen on the highways when you’re hanging out for such a long time.
So here are 22 things that you encounter on any good roadtrip.
1. Crossing Landmarks for the first time is always exhilarating. For us, we had one rider who had never been west of Wisconsin. His first sighting of the Mississippi river was full of excitement. As three guys, we didn’t take a lot of pictures, but he did make us stop at the Mississippi River and up in the peaks of the Rockies.
2. Glimpsing all the picturesque scenery that our great nation has to offer. Sure, the fields of Nebraska were pretty darn boring, but seeing the majestic woods and mountains was breath-taking in Colorado.
3. If you truly want to get a good night of sleep, bring a feather pillow. They’re much more malleable and in car sleeping, you need to have some maneuverability.
4. Keeping track of all the interesting vanity plates you see on the drive. It’s one of the many games that keeps a long trip interesting.
5. Speaking of games, some of the classics like Padiddle and the ABC game are continuous over the course of the trip, and you even get to bring in your favorites from other things, like the HIMYM classic ZitchDog.
7. As much as you plan your trip, you’ll still be at the mercy of Mother Nature. You might encounter a freak storm while you’re crossing the Rockies that slows your vehicle to a snail-like pace of 5 MPH.
8. Passing all of the interesting signs along the way, that when you’re driving, brighten your spirits. We were just coming back into Wisconsin and this big barn had “On Wisconsin” painted on it, and we all got super excited to be on the home stretch.
9. That moment when you come up over a hill and are barraged with a field of blinking lights! These fields of windmills surprised the bejeezes out of me the first time.
10. As cliché as it is, driving barefoot really is the best.
11. At the beginning of a trip, everyone tends to attempt to hold in their flatulence, but as soon as that first little stinker squeaks out, all hell breaks loose and the windows need to go down.
12. Deciphering the terminology of a road trip party is very difficult. Random words replace common things, like Sammies being Semi-trucks. It’s almost as if a mini language is being created.
13. This may not be a rule, but I think it should be -> On the highway, from 2-4 AM, you should be allowed to keep your brights on.
15. Taking the occasional whiz in a bottle to save time, especially in the wee hours of the morning.
16. Contorting your body into an unimaginable variety of positions to get comfortable. And failing every time.
17. The constant analysis of how much time is left before you get home, and what percentage of the drive already over.
18. Sometimes, people get car sick… and they need to throw up… on I-80… with their head out the window… going 85 MPH… Sometimes, people is me.
19. Enjoying the tiny interactions between your car and other people on the road. Waves, faces, mini races, and anything in between helps make the ride a little shorter.
20. Releasing the pee that you’ve been holding for a good 75 miles, and feeling like the Hoover damn just broke free.
21. Stargazing from the passenger seat at four in the morning in the middle of nowhere. It’s amazing to get away from the polluting city lights and being able to look up and feel infinite.
22. The final home stretch run.
There’s nothing quite like a good road trip. It’s part journey, part adventure, and it’s a blast with good friends, no matter the reason or the destination.
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