I’m excited to share that I’ll be embarking on a solo cross country-ish trip from Texas to Pennsylvania and back. This will be my first fun road trip in two years. I’ve done a lot of driving since my last one, but it was mostly for the purpose of moving. While those trips weren’t the worst experiences, I can’t say it was fun to move 1,600 miles with two cats and all my possessions shoved into a hatchback. Not to mention one of my cats almost escaped in Oklahoma and a lot of other things that I’ve blurred out of my mind for the sake of my sanity. But hey, I made it, right?
This time will be fun, I’m sure of it.
I already have three stops planned. One in Dallas, another in Hot Springs, Arkansas and Little Rock. I’ve dedicated two days to Arkansas because it’s one of a handful of states I’ve haven’t been to yet. I’ve done circles around it but have never actually been to Arkansas. Just look at the map (pink is where I have been):
I’ve always been really interested in Presidential Libraries. It doesn’t matter who the president is, I’ll go. One of the first things I did when I got to Austin was visit LBJ’s library. And yes, it was everything I dreamed it be and more. I already have stops planned for the George W. Bush Library and the Bill Clinton Library.
I also plan to do some thrifting along the way for new items for the shop. (I’m very bad at self promotion, so if you didn’t know, I have an online shop! I sell cool things! Maybe you would like to buy them!) I hope I can find some interesting pieces.
My ultimate goal is to go see my little sister in Pennsylvania before she leaves for France (!) for a whole year (!). I plan to visit her there, but probably not until mid 2016. Some may ask why I’m choosing to drive instead of fly or take the train. Well, I must admit that I don’t really like flying unless it’s absolutely necessary ever since my eardrum ruptured during a flight years ago. This left me with what will probably be lifelong tinnitus, which is literally a constant reminder of how much I hate flying. I decided against the train because it’s about the same cost as driving, and with driving, I can stop along the way and see more of America.
The last question: Why go it alone? Well, it turns out that most people I know don’t love being in the car as much as I do. On my last trip, I didn’t get sick of the car until literally the last day. Even if people like the car, most people don’t like being gone from home for three weeks. Plus, I really do love solo travel and being able to stop wherever I want without worrying if it’s interesting to everyone. I have a mothering personality when it comes to other people’s entertainment, and I’m always worried whether everyone is having fun or if it’s just me. It’s a lot of anxiety. I do not like anxiety.