This is the background for Epic Roadie 2011 and my fascination with road trips and this great country of ours. If this is your first time here, I recommend you read the quick teaser about our Epic Road Trip 2011.
If I had $5 for every person that looked at me funny or asked me why did we decide to do a road trip from California to New York, I would be about $30 richer. Well, even as cliche as it sounds, when others asked me “why?” I responded with, “why not??”
Not enough people do true road trips anymore. I am not talking about driving 300 miles and calling it a road trip, okay, okay, we will call that a baby road trip. I am talking about the ‘pack the kids in the station wagon, throw the dog back there too, pack it up and head across the country to see relatives’ type of road trip. A National Lampoon kind of road trip. Truck stops, rest stops, fast food, cheap motels and countless miles on the highway.
Let’s just chalk this up as another in the long list of things that aren’t the way they used to be. But you know what? That is ok.
Little did I know, June of 2006, a new precedence would be set.
Over 6,700 miles
Wait… You thought I was done?
After our Epic New England adventure, ideas were kicked around for road trips that we needed to do next. Canada, the North West, the deep south, Florida and Key West, etc. With my work presenting some scheduling problems, I unfortunately missed out on a Hawaii trip, however, 2010 brought its own adventures, including changing jobs as well as my engagement and marriage to my soul mate.
Juliet and I were married in September, and shortly after the first of the year, we knew 2011 was going to bring some big changes. Juliet accepted a job promotion offer and relocation from Southern California to upstate New York.
Mid-January I was able to turn in my 2 weeks notice, and thus begun the relocation planning. Part of the planning also included some schedule jugging surrounding #epicroadie2011, but those details were quickly ironed out and the basic framework of #epicroadie2011 was laid.
March 4th through March 12th.
Epic Roadie 2011, here we come.