Road Trip USA: Seeing America from the Car

Roadtrip_graphicGreetings from Monticello, Utah, where I am spending the night after logging 500 miles on Day 1 of my USA Road Trip.

The "road trip" is deeply ingrained in the American psyche and my first day fit all the stereotypes: beautiful open highway surrounded (in Utah at least) by red, majestic canyons; trucks dominating the roads; side-of-the-road burger joints; and "We Belong Together" by Mariah Carey blasting from the speakers.

Without even knowing it, on day one I seemed to have ticked off a number of essential road trip experiences: piss on the side of a lonely highway, accidentally look a trucker in the eye in a local diner and fear for my life — those haunted, tired eyes somehow spit fear, and miss a turnoff and therefore wait 20 miles until the next exit.

Throughout my trip I reserve the right, as always, to make broadsweeping generalizations about entire pockets of America based on small details such as the local cafe’s menu.

I’ll be on the road — or on a plane — for the next 45 days before returning to San Francisco in May.

See you on the highway!

7 comments on “Road Trip USA: Seeing America from the Car
  • Ben, sounds like you are already having a lot of fun, with tons more to come! Good luck, take care and keep feeding us with those nice “mental snapshots”.

  • Glad to see the “Gap Year Travels Adventures” blog is active again … this trip will be much wilder than India or China – I feel !!! 😉

  • Generally we like such road trip on holidays. It is the best way to enjoy our leaser time but the tour should be well planned with a well maintained car. We must have to repair tool kit with us when we go for a long road trip. With this, knowledge of car parts and repair also essential in such situation to overcome any breakdown problem on the way of tour. Thanks for sharing your experience.

  • Actually road trips are very much pleasurable in states and that to they are so much less expensive if you have arranged your bag well. So always be aware and and take allthe nnede things on road with you.

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