We are in the dreaded COVID-19 Social-Distancing Hell. But we know that there will be an end to it, and we want to start thinking about what we can do after it is all over.
Here at 924S944.com Global Headquarters, we have seen our late-spring vacation-of-a-lifetime to Scotland (with a stopover in Iceland) crumble to ashes before our eyes. Not wanting a good summer to go to waste, we started planning an epic road trip right here in the U.S of A, encompassing relatives, some states that have not yet had the pleasure of a visit by us, and just some get-out-of-here time.
The planning and researching for an outstanding vacation is a big part of the process – and takes time, family conferences and some bargaining with each other. Who has the time for all that? Well, thank you COVID-19…we seem to have a little extra time with the family these days.
We found a website called ROADTRIPPERS.com that can help provide the framework for your planning sessions. It does what it name implies – helps plan your road trip. You put in the starting and ending points, then fill in the places that you want to go. For us, it starts here at Headquarters in Central Florida, then up to Minneapolis, Minnesota to visit the sister, then to Medford, Oregon for the brother, across the top of the country, then wandering back to Florida.
Once that framework was in place and displayed on a nice map, the next step was to determine what was “along the way” that could provide entertainment as well as a chance to see a few places and things. For example, in Darwin, Minnesota (pop 350) you can see the Biggest Ball of Twine ever rolled up by a single person. You don’t want to miss and opportunity to see that, and even Weird Al Yankovich wrote a song about it.
But seriously now, our route would take us in the general direction of Mount Rushmore in South Dakota – we have never been there, although I have actually SEEN the biggest ball of twine in Darwin, along with the Spam Museum in Austin, Minnesota. You can search and mark Mount Rushmore on your map, and the software routes you there. You can adjust the route by adding cities, national parks and other points of interest, and the software will even suggest places along the way. You can filter these choices, too. There is a choice to filter by “Motoring” that picks up some interesting car places along the way.
Now Ms. 924S944.com isn’t a great road tripper, so she may fly to Minnesota, drive with me across the top of the country, and maybe fly back from Salt Lake City. I’m sure that there will be a few car museums, Saturday Night Short Tracks and other “squirrels” that will grab my attention along the way. Oh yea, the Roadtrippers says that I will go about 7,000 miles on this trip.
Even if you don’t actually go, the process of planning an epic road trip is pretty good fun.
Enjoy! And if you actually go, document your trip and write it up for us to share!
Kevin Duffy is an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at Daytona State College in Florida and a dedicated car guy. He divides his time between teaching criminal justice topics in the online environment and working on/driving cars, particularly Porsches. Kevin is one of the principals in InspiringLifeOver50.com.