In August 2008, Thomas and I left our jobs and went on a three-month road trip across the US. I had been on road trips before but none this extensive. Wasn’t this the kind of thing you did one summer during college or in an RV after you retire? Well I missed the backpacking, hitchhiking college trip so maybe I could wait until my golden years…
I began my travel career working for a tour company that specialized in small group tours for seniors. Too many times I would witness trips cut short for some of the travelers due to accidents or illness. From this I learned to always buy travel insurance and more importantly, not to delay traveling until I am retired and have all the time but none of the ability.
Since this company mainly offered domestic trips, I also learned about so many amazing destinations. One of the trips that piqued my interest was Route 66, a bus trip starting in Chicago stopping at famous sites along the classic roadway and ending in Santa Monica. Another trip I liked included taking the VIA train from Vancouver, BC to Montreal exploring Canada along the way.
For our road trip, we did start on Route 66. Seeing the road icons and visiting some famous and infamous destinations was a blast. Each unique and sometimes cheesy place could be a blog entry of its own! We did make a few detours here and there, Lake Havasu to see the London Bridge; Palo Duro Canyon (the Grand Canyon of Texas); the Precious Moments Museum in Missouri (a hoot!).
From Chicago, we traveled east with stops in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Massachusetts until we got to our furthest point from home, Acadia National Park in Maine.
We ran the gamut of accommodations from camping to five-star hotels. Staying with friends was one of the best parts of the trip. Oh and there were the baseball stops: Wrigley Field; Cooperstown; walking on the field at Fenway; attending the second to the last game at Yankee Stadium.
From Maine, we originally were supposed to head south to Florida and then west heading home. Instead, due to hurricanes and circumstance, we headed north to Canada. What a great trip traveling from Quebec to Montreal, to Ottawa and Toronto and ending in Sault Ste Marie before crossing back over to the US. Then it was down through upper Michigan, to Osh Kosh through the gay-friendly state of Iowa to Denver. Las Vegas was our last stop before returning to Southern California.
There are too many great details to include in one blog entry. Follow along as we share pictures and stories with you. Thank you to the beautiful national parks, the cheesy tourist attractions, the awesome baseball parks and the friends and family who made this a trip of a lifetime.