A road trip is equal parts magic and horror.
Lets talk about the horror part first….cuz that’s just more fun!
There are any number of things that can go wrong on a road trip. Have you seen any of the National Lampoons Vacation Movies? At what other point in one’s life do you run the risk of having to drive down the road with a dead granny strapped to the roof of your car? Pretty much just on a road trip…or unless that is just how your family transports the dead…I don’t judge.
The car could break down.
Someone could get sick.
Lets face it….being stuck in a small moving box with someone can be torture. Like you envision what it would be like to just open the door and take your chances with rolling out of a moving car just to get away from the other person sort of torture.
I am sure that many marriages and friendships have ended after a bad road trip.
Now for the magic part….
If you are lucky enough to not toss yourself out a moving vehicle AND not kill your travel partner with a spork….it can be a pretty awesome way to see new things and explore areas that you might not ever get a chance to see.
On a recent trip I got to see The Redwood Forest, breathtaking views of the CA coast, see a giant Paul Bunyan, stay in a hotel that I am pretty sure was used to house a meth lab and buy cheesy crap.
AND….as far as I can tell….my travel partner did not once try and toss himself from the car…EVEN BETTER!
I think I have a soft spot in my heart for Paul, Babe the Blue Ox…..and my travel partner. Much love to all three of you.