The map just went up on the wall, which means it’s official: I’m going on a roadtrip this summer!
The last road trip I went on was in ’05. Over the course of three weeks, three friends and I crossed the country via Route 20 to California, shot down on Route 1, zigzagged across the south to Georgia, and then sped home up the coast. It was without a doubt one of the most exciting trips I’ve ever been on, and I’ve been itching to do it again ever since.
The current plan is to cross the country on Route 50, dubbed “The Loneliest Road In America” due to a stretch through Nevada’s Great Basin desert. Route 50 was essentially built on top of the first transcontinental highway in the United States, the Lincoln Highway, and cuts across a ton of states I’ve never visited. As for the return trip, it will likely be pieced together based on various sites we’d like to visit in the south (you can see a few early markers tacked above). Of course, the point is the journey, not the destination. And the cardinal rule: NO INTERSTATES.
The one guide I’m taking along is Jamie Jensen’s insanely thorough Road Trip USA, which I can’t recommend enough. I still have my dog-eared copy from the ’05 trip, though I think I’m going to have to buy a new one – this monster is 3 inches thick, and the spine is finally starting to give. For anyone interested, Jensen details 11 classic cross-country trips, with an eye for all the sort of beautiful, historical, unusual, and quirky details I tend to focus on in my New York travels (I’m really, really jealous that he gets to road trip for a living).
We’ll be leaving in July, and I’m really hoping to blog from the road, if only a few pictures a day. Unfortunately, my stupid Canon Rebel DSLR has been acting up recently, and I’m really hoping to replace it with the 5D Mark 1 between now and the trip. Er, anyone out there able to get me a good deal? I can get you some prime advertising on that ultra hip website, ScoutingNY.com! OK, enough shilling…
So please, give me any and all recommendations you can for the trip! Basically, anything south of Route 50 is a possibility at this point, and I’m looking to cover everything, from the old standards (Graceland, Yosemite) to the unusual and out of the way (ghost towns, etc.).
PS – From the ’05 trip – this was the license plate at about 2000 miles: