The last 2 pieces of the Epic Road Trip 2011 story will be personal reflections from Justin and Mike. The following is Justin’s entry, thoughts from the road, memories and more.
We are now 46 days past the conclusion of our Epic Road Trip 2011 and along with all of the image processing, blog writing, creation, keyword tagging, geo-tagging, uploading and everything else that went into the post-production recap of the trip, really how much fun I did have.
Sure, this update will make 6 total posts regarding the road trip and just how epic it was. We covered 3600+ miles, took 9 days and 70+ hours of driving to do it. But what was most important was the fact that we built in time to have fun along the way. Looking back on that, I don’t regret any decision we made or wish we would have done anything different.
I look at all of the things that we got to do along the way. This was not as much about as just driving a car back as it was seeing a part of the country we had never seen before and spending time with friends we had not seen in a while. As much as I tried to detail everything I could in the previous posts, those recaps were more documentation and telling the whole story of our trip. Documentation aside, here were some of the highlights for me, personally:
- Got to hang out and spend time with Sean before leaving on the road trip
- Coffee with Robert
- Got to spend time taking photos around Disneyland before leaving
- Spent time with my grandparents in Arizona
- Passed by Angels Training Camp in Tempe, Arizona (wish we could have stopped for a game)
- Had time to reflect on the level and severity of the situation in Mexico, just 2 miles from us when we were in El Paso, TX.
- Went to breakfast with Dave in Houston
- Got to wander along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico in Louisiana
- Experienced some of the absolute craziness that is Mardis Gras in NOLA (2012 anyone?)
- Saw parts of the south that I had only read about
- Seeing Mardis Gras celebrations in 3 different southern cities
- Narrowly avoiding a few tornados
- Spending a day and a half in the Atlanta area with Trey and Katy
- Seeing the beauty of South Carolina
- Spending quality time and catching up with Bryan and Alisa
- Having lunch with Morgan
- Covering another 3600 miles with my best friend
- After 12 days of being gone, getting home to see Juliet
I know, quite the list, but so many things stuck out to me, so many stories surrounding all of those events. The events leading up to leaving on the trip were also very important to me, as from the looks of things in life right now, I will probably only be back in California a few more times in the foreseeable future, so spending time with Sean, visiting Disneyland, catching up with Robert over coffee was invaluable.
The road trip offered so many memories, memories that I have tried to get down in the previous recaps with a combination of tweets and photos, but I know those will never do the entire memory justice. Let’s just say, “you had to be there.”
Here are some of my favorite pictures from the Epic Road Trip 2011:
The nerves, the anticipation, the anxiety to get on the road
Spending time with my grandparents
Have to love a Texas-sized sunset
Lived next to the Pacific, been to the Atlantic, now I can add the Gulf of Mexico to that list.
Now I can say I have been to Mardis Gras
Airborne, sunroof splitting, head smacking beads!
Dinner and drinks with some great friends
The serene beach on Hartwell Lake
Dinner with the Watkin clan.
Knowing I was less than 45 minutes away from being home.
As much as we were not prepared for it, the trip had to come to an end. Like it or not, just a fact of life for the majority of us. But, with another great trip in the books, our road trip total is somewhere around the 11,000 mile mark since 2006, and as one trip gets committed to memory, another trip moves into the planning stages.
Having conquered all but a few US states, I think next on the list is a road trip across Canada.
Epic Road Trip 2012 anyone?