I’ve arrived safely at my destination in Virginia. Cicely is back in Texas. I am sorting through the 600+ images that Cicely and I took. That’ll definitely take me a bit. In the meantime, I thought I’d share a few realizations.
- I am not a good travel blogger.
Or rather, I’m not good at blogging while on the road. I don’t have the stamina or wherewithal to write after a long day of traveling or sightseeing. Also, the perfectionist in me won’t let me post my photographs without editing them first.
- Do not count on staying with friends when you don’t have a set travel schedule.
In theory, we weren’t going to have to pay for any accommodations while on the road. In actuality, we made so many stops that we were arriving at our destinations later than we expected. We didn’t think showing up on someone’s doorstep at 12AM was very polite or proper.
- Racism is more blatant and rampant in some parts of the country.
I’ll go into more detail in my day-to-day posts.
- Everyone should travel across the United States at least once.
The view from your car window is far better than the view from your airplane seat. We saw some amazing things and gained a great perspective of the diversity of the country. I’d love to do this again, but really take my time and travel during a warmer part of the year.
- Do not buy a Magellan GPS.
We started our trip with a brand new Magellan Roadmate 1440. On the way to the Fort Worth/Dallas area, it decided to stop mapping addresses. I got an error that stated I needed to restart the GPS. It would not map any address in Forth Worth or Dallas. This was frustrating since I got the GPS primarily for use in metropolitan areas. I called Magellan GPS for assistance. The customer service rep told me I needed to download an update. I explained that we were on the road and had no internet access. She then suggested I send the unit back for repairs. At that point, I gave the woman an earful and found the nearest Best Buy to return the unit.
- Do purchase a TomTom XL 340S Live.
The TomTom was on Sale for $10 less than the Magellan. It worked 100x better. It gave us the traffic and weather reports. In other words, it did exactly what a GPS should do.
- When going on a Cupcake Bakery Tour, check the operating hours of the bakeries you’re visiting.
Two of the bakeries we visited were closed. One closed as we got to the door. The other wasn’t open on Sundays.
- Do not stay in hotels with numbers in their names unless you’re absolutely desperate.
We stayed at a Motel 6 in Tempe, AZ. That was the sketchiest place I’ve been in a long time. That’s saying a lot considering I lived in L.A. for some time.
- Outlet Malls are fantastic and dangerous for your wallet.
This is self-explanatory.
- I cannot eat at McDonald’s.
I haven’t eaten at McDonald’s in over 5 years. I ate some French Fries and got a terrible reminder why I don’t eat at that establishment. Blech:P
- Bourbon is a useful friend.
After a long day, a little nip of bourbon can help you sleep or make a rough day on the road melt away.
- Cicely and I are great travel companions.
We’ve been friends for a long time, but I wasn’t 100% certain we wouldn’t want to kill each other at the end of the trip. Even Oprah and Gayle were sick of each other at the end of their trip. We are even better friends after this trip. After 18 hours on the road, neither of us snapped at the other. We also work well as a team. I’m eternally grateful that she joined me on this adventure. I can’t wait to plan more trips.
That’s all I the observations I can muster. I’ll get back to editing pictures.