If you’ve seen a lot of my previous posts you can tell I like road tripping, both the day and long distance variety. My favorite phrase and thing to say when describing such a trip, as you might have guessed, is being “out on the open road”. What has that phrase meant to me and what does it mean now?
…putting all things and worries aside for a while.
…enjoying the company of others (if with fellow roadtrippers).
…venturing to the unknown, leading to discovery.
…stopping to get gas every few hours.
…stopping at a service plaza/travel center and grabbing random snacks and beverages.
…while at the service plaza/travel center, grabbing all the travel brochures and magazines available.
…the floor of the car will fill up with the aforementioned empty snack wrappers, beverage bottles, travel brochures and who knows what else.
…radio stations will come and go on the dial.
…the windshield and front of the car will become engrossed in dead bugs.
…can I or can’t talk on the phone while driving where I’m at now?
…you’ll get stopped unexpectedly due to construction or the road will be shut all together.
…you’ll start singing 99 Bottles of Beer, driving other possible travelers crazy.
…if you drive along enough you’ll be in sunny skies, under clouds of all types, the rain, the dark night skies and who knows what else.
…you’ll want to stop and get out of the car ever two seconds to capture a photo.
…you’ll try to capture photos while driving. Not advisable. Tip: If a passenger on such a trip, snap away!
…you’ll be begging for a gas station, McDonald’s or a rest area at some point because you have to go.
…every mile further you get from home will be another mile you’ll have on the drive back.
…you’ll keep hearing the same Top 40 songs over and over again on the FM dial. Really need Sirius Satellite Radio.
…lots of tweets, Facebook posts and Instagram photos if you’re a social media geek like me.
…capturing the same photos with your camera and smart phone.
…stopping and doing goofy things in front of state and town welcome-to signs.
…I’m probably tired of saying “it means” haha.
…lots of tolls and parking meter fees if around a big city.
…getting excited watching the mile-to signs going down for a destination, meaning you’re getting closer.
…lots of Starbucks and/or random coffee house stops for fuel.
…expect the unexpected. Things will never go completely as planned.
Most importantly it means…
…lots more experiences to write about and share with the world and
…meeting great new people along the way and
Gotta go. It’s time for The Adventures of Elatlboy to continue “out on the open road“!
What else comes to mind when you think (day) road trip?