The idea had been to circuit up from southern (or "inferior" as my father-in-law put it) California, north through Oregon to Washington. Across the top of the map through Idaho and Montana, down into Utah, over to Colorado, back into Utah, then down into Arizona. Total time on the road – end of July to end of September, with plenty of little dots in the travel map for stories we were to chase down, sites to be visited, and friends to reach out to.
After weeks and 4,833 miles on the odometer, we had to reflect on what parts of the road trip were the "best" of the bunch. While it's true, the journey is half the adventure, being awake enough and rested enough to appreciate the journey certainly figures into it. What were those best parts again?
No, we didn't get the "number of stories" that would have made the trip more "profitable." We certainly didn't put on as many miles as we had originally planned. But those days where we sat in the saddle and toughed out mile after mile of roadway to "get there," just weren't near as nice as those when we just "stayed put."
So next time? Next time we plan a few less miles, but still as much time as we can work in. We'll find some of those quiet spots, where a little bit of cogitation just seems to come naturally. And yes, we still have to pay the bills, but we'll leave the trailer in camp and plot out a few "hub and spokes" trips out into the surrounding countryside to get some of those oddball stories that RVers like to read.
We'd like to think of this is as our own great idea – we won't need any mechanical mishaps to recommend it to us.
All photos, R & T De Maris