As of Wednesday, July 14th, our road trip was officially over. The final stats? We traveled for 70 days, drove 12,300 miles and passed through 24 states (not including two provinces in Canada). And most importantly, after spending 24 hours a day for the last 7 weeks shoulder to shoulder in a mid-sized Subaru Legacy… Dallas and I are still happily speaking to each other. You can check out our final road trip map here, to see our (general) route and all the places we stopped along the way.
Despite the fact that OUR trip is over, there are still plenty of summer days and nights available for YOUR road trip, so we thought we’d pass along some general words of wisdom we picked up along the way. Consider them your Rules for the Road… the Whole9 guide to a happy, healthy and sane summertime adventure.
1. Only one person gets to be cranky at a time. Whoever calls it first, gets it.
2. Two people to one car makes the ideal companionship-to-legroom ratio.
3. The car keys must be held up in plain sight before the last person shuts the car door. (Saying the word, “KEYS!” out loud is recommended, but not mandatory.)
4. Everything goes back into the car in the EXACT same place it went in. Every. Single. Time.
5. You do not need half of the clothes you have packed. No, you don’t. Being stuffed to the gills in every bag, box and car-space isn’t a fun way to travel. Unload and give yourself some breathing room.
6. Pack twice as much food as you think you’ll need. This is the only exception to Rule #5. See below for further clarification.
7. Do not depend on “finding something to eat along the way”, unless you are traveling through major metropolitan areas. If you are in west Texas, west Utah or east Nevada, abandon all hope.
8. Do not ask people you meet along the way for a “healthy” restaurant recommendation. Just don’t.
9. Have a large variety of activities available during your drive, because you won’t want to talk for 38 hours straight. Books on tape, NPR interviews and scientific journal articles to read aloud are our favorites.
10. Don’t speed. A ticket is the surest way to ruin a fun trip. If you are in West Texas, especially please do not speed. (But if you do, please tell the Sheriff of Fort Stockton we said hello.)
11. Take lots and lots of pictures, but don’t forget to label them quickly. The side of the road in Utah looks suspiciously like the side of the road in Colorado four months later.
12. Bring a map. Like, an honest-to-goodness paper map. Because lots of places don’t have cell phone coverage, and sometimes your GPS tells you that you’re driving in a lake.
13. Finally, sitting in a car day in and day out does not do good things for shoulder, hip and hamstring flexibility, even if you maintain a pretty active training schedule. Prepare to lose 7# off your squats and deadlift and 2″ off your box jump for every 20 hours you accumulate in the car. (This is a scientifically calculated fact.)
Our first post-road-trip event, once we’re settled into our new home in Salt Lake City, is to throw ourselves a big homecoming party. We’ll be hosting our first Nutrition Workshop in our hometown on Saturday, August 14th, at Ferocity CrossFit in Woods Cross, UT (just north of SLC). Registration information is on our sidebar – hope to see you there!
Got your own Rules of the Road, road trip success (or horror) story, or summer vacation advice? Post to comments.
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