Part 2 of the project involves planning the route and settling on an itinerary that encapsulates all of the components that will make this a grand adventure. Planning the route and itinerary is almost as important as actually making the drive, wouldn’t you agree? At this stage most everything with the exception of the West Coast is on the table in terms of outbound destinations. I say the West Coast since I’m in the DC area it would turn this holiday into an enduro race, racing outward to California/Oregon/Washington then immediately turning around, and heading straight back to DC. No, working out the route means deciding the farthest point away that I should reasonably expect to travel, and sample Americana, auto shows, cool amusement parks (say for instance Santa Claus Land – it’s a real place) before I turn the wheel homeward and arrive back at Shangri-La in my allotted 7 -8 days. And shouldn’t this project involve a few more stops besides those just for refueling? It should be fun, an experience, nay I say an adventure! An adventure that is that does not leave a “picture of my face on the carton of milk” sort of adventure.
Now that we sort of summed up the spirit of the trip the Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, Mid-Atlantic or a combination of two of those regions would fit nicely. My plan is to leave after the heat of summer, but before the leaves are all off the trees. Not to travel during the heat of summer or the super short days of winter. Hmm, if only there was a season between oven and deep freeze. Wait, I’ve got it! Fall! Ok, next what do I want to include on my trip? Fun roads, secondary roads where you can still glimpse Americana, a cool car show or museum, and possibly an iconic track. It should also be said that anyplace that has a great amusement park would also be added as a waypoint on this journey.
Speaking of way points, I’ll need to find a site where I can map out the route, and then overlay the various parameters (racetracks-car shows-cool towns-Americana-great roads-places that serve hush puppies) onto the route. What are some of the sites you use for planning your road trips? I’d love to hear from you about this.
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