Sunday, December 04, 2005

Road Trippin'

My bad.
I haven't been able to update at all during the trip, so let me catch you up now and then promise you some more detailed posts on my American Odyssey in the coming weeks.

We're in Flagstaff, AZ right now. Spent today soaking in the expansive views of the Grand Canyon. It is a truly remarkable natural phenomenon, one that pictures can't even capture. Just breathtaking. If you called it a "spiritual" experience - I wouldn't even be mad at you.

How'd we get here?

Well, we left from Greensboro, NC, hit a great country breakfast spot in Nashville, TN and stopped long enough to check out some live music. Made our way through Memphis, pausing to pay our respects ot the King. We were Banging in Little Rock for a couple of hours, before making it to OK City. Took in its elegant memorial to the bombing victims in the morning and then continued on through Texas as fast as possible (kidding, sort of) to reach Albuquerque, NM (yes that comes before AZ for the geographically disinclined). Spent the night there, then passed through the Petrified Forest (supremely cool place) and made it to Flagstaff last night (and had a scrumtrilescent dinner at a spot called Josephine's - look it up if you find yourself in AZ).

Still to come on the DC Farewell Tour- the Hoover Dam, Vegas baby, get discovered in LA, and cruise up the Pacific Coast Highway. Then on to San Fran to unhitch the wagons and settle the new frontier.

I'll try to post more detailed accounts when we arrive in SF, but the most striking thought I've had so far is:

America is big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly hugely mindbogglingly big it is. I mean you may think it’s a long way down the road to the chemist, but that’s just peanuts to America.

I think we lose track of that being all squashed together on the East coast, but when you drive for a few hundred miles of open space or see your first tumbleweed cross your path on an empty highway, it becomes startlingly clear.

Well, the road calls . . .

1 comment(s):

  • Hey Paul,
    Nice to see someone else came to that conclusion when driving through the country. I drove with my college roommate from Alaska to Knoxville, TN over the summer and it definitely puts in perspective the vastness and diversity of this country. Hope you’re not sick of the car. Enjoy your trip.

    By Anonymous alaskan, at 1:29 PM  

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