I love a good roadtrip
09 May 2008 00:50
When I was a young boy my parents owned a bus touring agency ("Hanks Tours"). They would load up a bus full of senior citizens and drive around the country for 2-3 weeks at a time, stopping at prominent landmarks along the way. On certain occasions I got to tag along as a bag boy (the poor kid who got to haul all the luggage from the bus to each hotel room). Because of this I was able to visit many of the United States and a handful of the Canadian provinces. As a kid I was able to visit Disneyland, the Redwood Forest, the Calgary Stampede, Alaskan glaciers, the Gateway Arch, Disney World, NASA, a World's Fair (Louisiana Expo), Washington D.C., Niagra Falls, Mt. Rushmore, Gettysburg, and many more interesting spots. One tour took us to Egypt and Israel.
Perhaps it was these tours that instilled in me a great love for a good roadtrip. Packing up the car and heading down the Interstate still gives me a bit of a thrill. I love to see new places, and half of the fun is stopping at odd, out-of-the-way (though interesting) spots like Wall Drug, and the Mitchell Corn Palace.
Today KSL.com ran a story about 3 guys from Utah who set out to travel to the 48 states in the span of just 100 hours. You can read about their adventure at The Great American roadtrip. Makes me want to pack up and try it myself.