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Why you should occasionally road trip with no plan…

As I write this post, I just received a text “What’s your plan this week?” The short answer is…no plan. I will certainly admit that there is a great deal of planning involved with traveling around the country in your Sentra for a year, but it is the days that I leave unplanned that make me thankful I have this opportunity. Think back to the last trip you took and consider all the planning that went in to it. Now imagine Continue reading “Why you should occasionally road trip with no plan…”

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Underwhelming peaches, an inaccessible golf course, but the climb up the historic steps makes it all worth it…

Before you jump on me about the peaches, I do realize I was not in Georgia at the right time to get some of the famous Georgia peaches…guess I will have to make a return journey to get the full experience with the big juicy peaches. That being said, I couldn’t leave the state without at least eating a peach in the state, so I purchased some not so ripe peaches and they are actually now pretty good as I sit eating them two states away in North Carolina.

The second half of my 10 day stay in Georgia landed me in Statesboro. Statesboro is a classic college town where the city size doubles Continue reading “Underwhelming peaches, an inaccessible golf course, but the climb up the historic steps makes it all worth it…”

The city that reminded me sports teams have left St. Louis before…

To be honest, spending 5 days in Atlanta wasn’t on my list at the beginning of the year. On a slight diversion off course, I ended up there for almost a week and could have easily filled another week. Keeping an open mind is one of the goals of the trip, so jumping on an opportunity to get up to Atlanta was something I simply couldn’t pass up.

Atlanta was the first city on my journey through the state of Georgia and the last minute decision was rewarded with some unique experiences. Even though I was only in the city for a few days, rumor had it that I was fresh off the loss of a favorite NFL team and didn’t know where I was living next year, so the Falcons staff took a shot at nailing me down for some season tickets for their new stadium… Continue reading “The city that reminded me sports teams have left St. Louis before…”

12 pics that attempt to sum up the first road trip…

My first road trip from St. Louis to Orlando took me almost 1,500 miles through 6 states over 4 days and 3 nights. I have already seen a roommate from undergrad and two from Grad School. Needless to say, I got off to a FAST start. The goal of all the miles of course was to outrun the snow. I did outrun it (sort of…more to come on that later). Although the Orlando crowd has been a little disappointed in the recent “cold” front, I can happily say this is much warmer than where I was just a little over a week ago.

Let me get back on track though. As I considered the best ways to sum up my first road trip, it took me some time to decide. I certainly learned a lot on this first trip. Most importantly that I am not a bad solo road tripper (certainly not something that is for everybody), but it was also good to drive the last segment with a good friend. I was actually wishing there was more daylight to explore on the longest segment of my ride. There were a few oversights along the way…purchasing a CD more recently than 2008 may have been a good idea. I was reminded of those 12 months that I was actually semi into music…hello Toby Keith, Akon, James Blunt. My spontaneity also led me to a road closure, so I will have to visit the Trail of Tears museum another time. All in all it was a good trip and the best way to sum it up is to show you 12 pictures from the road…

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I don’t know how it did, but everything fit in the Sentra. You can even see through the windows out the other side.
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Didn’t quite make it to the Trail of Tears Museum.
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This may be the rockiest road I travel on all year. The “gravel” was the size of baseballs.
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Flood waters were seen far too often in MO. This picture from a town just outside of Portageville where I stayed for the first night of my journey.
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A lot to see in Memphis where I stopped for a few hours. This was the site of MLK’s assassination.
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I’ve have spent many a days at the Cardinal’s major league stadium as well as the AA stadium in Springfield, so it was good to see the home of the AAA club.
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Hopped off of 55 for awhile to drive the two lane roads. Well worth the extra time it added.
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Real nice spot to eat in Jackson, MS. This was the view from the table.
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Landed in Bay Minette for the second hometown of a roomate on the trip.
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So I cheated a little since this is 2 photos, but the before and after water shots were too good to leave out.
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The view from the passenger seat on the last segment of the journey, when I actually got to be the passenger for awhile.
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Landing in Orlando of course meant heading to Disney World immediately. Although this was the next morning, it was the perfect cap on an exciting road trip.

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