The Magical Road Trip
Sometimes the daily routine can get rather boring. Most of us have many different responsibilities pulling us in all directions and somehow we make it all work. By the end of the day we are eshausted and it is time to try to get some rest in order to have the energy just to do it all over again the next day. When this begins to wear you down and you start wondering if you can keep it up there is something you can do…ROAD TRIP!
AHH THE ROAD TRIP
Pack your suitcase, throw it into the car, and go. Destination? You can have one if you want but it is not required. Just go. Listen to the hum of the engine. Feel the vibrations of the road. Listen to your favorite music. Watch the world go by, and if you see something you like, stop and experience it. Spend as much time as you like, then it off again to the open road.
DO YOU LIKE THE INTERSTATE?
Pick one and drive. There is nothing like cruising at 65 or 70 miles an hour with some 80’s music coming through the speakers. Check out how many miles to the next town and then estimate what time you will get there. Then see how accurate you were. Spend the night in a nice motel with a great restaurant nearby and then, come sunrise (or later if you enjoy sleep as much as I do), be on your way again.
INTERSTATE TOO BORING?
How about a nice trip along the back roads. Stop in the little towns. Enjoy eating at that small, family restaurant. Shop in an antique store. Take in a museum. Stay the night in a bed and breakfast. Meet local folks that can tell you of the wonderful culture of their town. Don’t skimp on the experience, but give yourself enough time to take it all in. You don’t need to be in any hurry. Sally, in the movie “Cars” said the following regarding Route 66: “Cars didn’t drive on it to make great time. They drove on it to have a great time.” You can do that too.
In days gone by one had to rely on a map to navigate from one place to another. There are maps available in most gas stations and you can purchase a road atlas such as the one by Rand McNalley that has all 50 states in one book. Maps are not hard to read and you can drive your entire road trip using only a printed map. However, today we have a wonderful little device called the GPS. Many cars have them installed on the dashboard somewhere or you can buy them at just about any electronics store. I use the GPS feature on my cell phone. GPS has the advantage of not only showing you a map, but also showing you exactly where you are on that map. With a good GPS system you can also type in something you are looking for and it can tell you how to get to that location. I had some engine trouble a few months back on a road trip and needed to find a parts store to have my van’s computer checked. I typed in “Auto Zone ” and within seconds it told me how to get to the nearest store.
GETTING TIRED ALONG THE WAY?
Walking is a great recharge. It gets the blood moving and the brain working again. If you are just getting bored and therefore sleepy, stop at a rest area or park and walk brusquely for a few minutes. It is good for your health and will have you feeling alert again. If, however, you are getting tired, then stop for a 15 minute nap. You don’t even have to lay down, just park and do the “head nod” for 15 and you will feel rested. Just make sure you shut your engine off as you don’t want to suffer from carbon monoxide poisoning. These ideas will help but don’t let them take the place of needed rest. If you are sleepy, stop driving. If you need to stop for the night earlier than you intended, that is fine. Remember, you are not on a schedule here.
SPECIAL FOR THE KIDS:
I have found that taking a young’un on a special road trip for two provides some wonderful memories that you will cherish for a lifetime. You will discover a closeness with your son or daughter that is priceless. There is something wonderful about spending a few hours on the road broken up with stops at restaurants for “special” meals and seeing sights together along the way. Stay overnight somewhere. Use this opportunity to “dote” on your son or daughter a bit. Your efforts will make your child feel special and make your road trip that much more meaningful for you.
WHEN YOU GET BACK HOME.
Alas, the best of road trips can’t last forever. Sooner or later you will have to come home and get back to the daily grind, but you will find yourself refreshed and better prepared to deal with the daily stressors. I love to fly, but I highly recommend the occasional road trip as it has a magic that can’t be experienced in any other form of travel. In fact, I think it is time for me to get going on one myself.