Are You Driven To Drive?
Can you hear the call of the open road? Are you one of the nearly 80 percent of Americans that prefer the family Truckster over other means of leisure travel? There are some who are so passionate about road trips they give their cars a name and treat them as a member of the family. I’ve known a few of these. Do you give your car a name? You might be one of them if you do. Although I haven’t given my car a name, my wife suspects that I may belong to this group. She might be right!
Road trips can inspire a sense of romance and adventure that motivates the desire to explore new places, or to revisit places we fondly remember from our youth. Road trips can be therapeutic, not counting city commuting, which often requires the need for therapy; I’m talking open road. Just you alone or with your favorite travel companion, your buggy, and favorite mix of road tunes blasting away. Road trips can liberate us from the mundane, they offer an escape from routine and open a world to adventure and discovery. My favorite road trip is the one without a plan. When I get an itch to travel, I will occasionally jump in the car then simply point and go. Not everyone may feel comfortable doing this but for me it’s the ultimate expression of freedom. BTW, I keep a stock of supplies in my car for those impulsive moments.
Whether it’s driving cross-country to visit friends and relatives, river rafting the mighty Colorado, snowmobiling in Yellowstone or exploring the natural wonders of southern Utah, road trips transport us to adventure in its many forms.
I’m a tour guide and tourism consultant by trade, but road trippin’ is my addiction, it’s been my drug since the day I received my drivers license. I took my first solo road trip within weeks of passing the road test in a 1966 Ford Mustang. That car had a name!
My office has four tires, satellite radio, and all-wheel drive. I guess you could say that my way is the highway (I prefer the byways). My favorite travel companion is my wife who also shares this passion for road trips and adventure. I started this site to hopefully inspire others to take their own journey on the highways, byways, and back roads of America. I’ll share a few photos and thoughts from the road and add some suggestions and ideas. I’ve also set up a travel planner with links to businesses to help you plan your own road trips. This is a work in progress so check back often to see what’s new.