I trust by this point in the week I shouldn’t have to tell you to get into your cars and make a road trip to your local bookstore to pick up a copy of Driving Sideways.
My longest road trip was a cross country odyssey- Boston to Vancouver. Devoted husband and I had been married only a few months when he took a new job in Vancouver. Being that we were broke and still paying off the cheese balls and fruit kabobs from the wedding, we couldn’t afford to ship our car to our new home. We were going to drive it. From the East Coast to the West Coast. In December. Ah young foolish cheap love….
We planned to make an adventure out of it with stops at The Corn Palace, The Largest Ball of Twine, and of course Wall Drug. Alas, due to mover issues we weren’t able to leave Boston when we wanted and we had a mere four days to get across the country. This meant 15 hour days in the car with barely a restroom break let alone time to see the sights. With every billboard we passed for the Wall Drug, I wept just a tiny bit.
You discover a lot about the person you are with on a long road trip. After the first few hundred miles you exhaust the everyday conversations and you either discover that you don’t really have much to say to each other, or, if you’re really lucky, you realize you’ll never run out of things to talk about it. I don’t remember everything that we talked about on that trip, but I know I felt like I could have talked to him forever. I knew I loved him before we took the road trip – but somewhere on a road in the middle of America – I found out that I also really liked him.
Driving Sideways is the perfect road trip book, and I never once got tired of listening to what Jess had to say. Her humor and heart were in every line. If I’m ever driving cross country again- she’s invited for sure!
Now tell us- what was your best road trip?