A few weeks ago, we went on a trip to Missouri. Instead of flying, we decided to drive the entire way. I really enjoy long road trips, and I remember my family driving all over the place during summer vacations. Before we moved to Phoenix, we drove from Richmond Virginia to the Outer Banks of North Carolina, or to Washington DC, Maryland, Virginia Beach... We drove up to New York City a few months before the 9/11 attacks. We drove to Missouri. Whenever we were bored, we'd get into the car and drive.
That strangely ended when we moved to Phoenix. There just isn't anything within a few hours drive from here. We could drive to San Diego but we'd rather fly. There's Flagstaff about 90 minutes north, Tucson about 90 minutes east. But neither of those cities holds much interest, when compared to the days when we could drive for 2 hours to spend the day at the Smithsonian, or exploring Dupont Circle, or enjoying the cherry blossoms near the Jefferson Memorial.
Anyway, back to our trip to Missouri. I had worked a night shift the night before we were to leave, and then instead of getting out of town by 8a, between packing and a last minute trip to Target for an iPhone car charger, and then realizing right after we left that we didn't have a copy of our car registration in the glove compartment, we didn't leave until 1130am. So I wasn't all that helpful driving on the way to Missouri, only driving about 4 hours over a 23-hour trip.
But it was an adventure. We planned to stop whenever we got down to a half-talk of gas, and we'd then fill up the car, wipe the bugs off the windshield, and get a bit to eat or drink from the numerous gas/grocery stores along Route 40/44. We passed Flagstaff Arizona, then Albuquerque New Mexico, then Amarillo Texas (where I had planned to sleep a few hours but we were going so good we decided to keep going), then Oklahoma City, and then finally into Missouri.
Quite the adventure, and our KIa Soul did great the whole way.