I have this fantasy idea about road trips. Most Americans do, I think, and I had a lot of time to review that fantasy on the road over the past two weeks, as you can imagine. Daniel and I drove back and forth to Miami over ten days. It was 8 full days of driving. 3952 miles, and 6.5 tanks of diesel.
Wilmington DERoanoke VA
West Palm Beach FL (two nights)
Miami Beach (two nights)
Road trips are about freedom- just going wherever the mood takes you, when it takes you. But they are a lot of work too- driving is always harder and more stressful than you remember, and the speed limits on the east coast are faster than ever (in my lifetime, at least. Most of the way was 70 mph, and it seemed like part of Georgia was without limit- we saw multiple minimum speed signs posted, without a max listed.)
Why did we drive? Well, ostensibly because it was cheaper than flying (not in hours, obviously.) Truly, because none of the flights available looked like they had good schedules, and I really, really, really don’t like flying. Like I said, had plenty of time to review that preference as well, and again returned to: with air travel, everything is out of your hands. You just have to get to the airport, and you have very little influence over the outcome from that point forward. With car travel, you have nearly total influence over the outcome. It made me remember why and how automobiles came to signify this core freedom promise of the Americana dream.