Who’s up for a road trip? The summer vacation season is well underway, and with that comes long lines at the amusement park or beach, long lines at toll plazas on the way to said amusement park or beach, navigating alternate routes to avoid the road construction on the direct routes to said amusement park or beach, and packing up the family trickster along with the family to make the trek to said amusement park or beach.
And since it is the season of travel I’m now contemplating my own getaway or vacation if you will. My version of the classic road trip will be a driver’s vacation. What does that even mean? Does that mean driving to a single destination which is the point of the vacation, such as a trip to an amusement park or the beach? No, for me it means the drive is an important component of the road trip. Not the destination, but the journey? Fortune cookie philosophy you say? I know what you’re going to say, “why would I want the drive to be my vacation?”. Well, I’ll tell you my doubting friend. How would it be to find 3 GREAT things in one road trip; great driving roads or a stop into a great track, hidden or not so hidden bits of Americana, and finally locate a few car shows-events peppered along or near the chosen route.
There you have it, a driver’s vacation. Is that even a thing in the gearhead’s lexicon? Honestly, I’m not sure since I’ve not heard about it from my circle of friends, and I’m not planning to perform an extensive search on the internet. But if I have to think that other people have been doing some variation of this theme for years. I’m taking a driver (me), adding several way-points of interest accessed by cool roads that when taken together the sum total adds up to a cool automotive experience. Or at least cool by my standards. And no, I’m not contemplating a trip like this in the heat of summer. Mind you my body is not summer tolerant (read: I do not appreciate both high temperatures AND high humidity). As an added benefit this will also be the perfect way to put my Volkswagen Golf R through its paces. Happy, happy, joy, joy.
I invite you to join me in the adventure as I begin planning the trip, check in for the countdown until the journey kicks off, and stay with me throughout the trip on the web and Twitter.
My trip should be very similar to this clip with the notable absence of defrauding a school for the blind, cheating boyfriends-girlfriends, mailing of any VHS tapes, confusion between Austin and Boston based on regional dialects, destruction of any innocent Ford Taureses, violated pancakes, killer snakes, or losing the trust of Remo Williams. But other than those differences, yeah it will be exactly the same kind of road trip!
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