I still love to dive. Give me and open road, billowy clouds in the sky and I could go straight on 'til morning.
Since I was a very young child, I’ve had a fantasy of driving a fast car on Route 66, a twenty-four hundred mile stretch of road beginning in Chicago and ending in Los Angeles. The road predated the superhighways and would meander through towns, cities, and hamlets allowing a driver to see the country as they passed through it.
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What freedom. What escape, I thought. My sense of adventure has never been satisfied. So you can understand how excited I was when I found these dishes at a yard sale.
There are maps and places of interest all over them. Not only do you get to revisit in your mind the places you've been or long to see, but you can map out the route as you think about the food you got in those places.
I used maps in place of table cloths.
And the cars were loaned to me by my daughter. There is a whole collection that my older son passed along to her. And since Disney's CARS is one of her favorite movies (mine too!) she loves these little toys.
I've drove coast to coast once, but we were in a truck and hauling furniture for an aunt who was moving back to the east after her husband died. We only stopped to eat and sleep. So while the country rolled by, I didn't get to visit much of it.
Last year I took two road trips. The first one was a 2,000 mile journey from the New Jersey to Kansas City, Missouri. It was great. My college girlfriends and I decided to meet in the middle of the country and catch up on things without the need to try and couple the trip with visiting relatives or attending activities where you we never get to talk for more than a few minutes.
Going out I drove to just get there. My first stop was Indianapolis which was where my Freshman roommate lived. She lives in New York City now. The next day was another perfect driving day; clear sky, warm temperatures and a long road. I continued and arrived in Kansas City a dinnertime.
Going out and coming back, the trip was without any police, flat tires, or car trouble. A beautiful ride with no mishaps. Can you get any more perfect than that.
We ate. We talked. Relived old memories. I brought the albums and we looked at ourselves with thinner thighs, big hair and the world at our feet.
Coming home, I was free to roam. I had a week before I needed to be back home. So I went exploring. Any exit that looked interesting, I was free to check out.
I've been lucky when it comes to travel. I was single and without children for a long time. I used it to see the world, but only saw the United States as I flew over it. It's great to see it at sea level. And even better to have time to stop and take stock of all the wonders around me.
What's your idea of the perfect road trip? I can't wait to go on another one. I have two planned for 2012, both in the south. I'm going to Winston-Salem, NC and attending a reunion in South Carolina this summer.