“We’re lost but we’re making good time.”
Some other road trip “rules” I have:
No Interstates. I stay off the interstate highways and find the smallest possible blue highways and roads. Charles Kuralt said: “Thanks to the Interstate Highway System, it is now possible to travel across the country from coast to coast without seeing anything.” I want to see anything and everything so I drive primarily on country roads, scenic byways, forest roads, and other wonderful smaller roads.
No Chains. Hey, I can eat at chain restaurants at home. On road trip adventures, I want to experience local specialties and things I cannot easily find at home. I look for roadside food stands, diners, and mom and pop joints instead of bright neon fast food places. I try to get fuel from local stations, stay at non-chain motels, and shop at local stores.
Average 30 MPH. Although I can drive as fast on some scenic roads as interstates, speed is not my intent. Most scenic roads are curvy, hilly, and require frequent stops. If I can use cruise control, then it is not a great scenic drive. On long scenic drive days, I average 250 to 300 miles.
2 Hours of Non-Driving. On days that I expect to drive 8 or more hours, I will take one or more hour-long breaks. During those breaks I will hike, bike ride, or visit attractions. Driving days are filled with many other mini-breaks–for fuel, food, shopping, visiting small attractions and tourist offices.
Sometimes rules are broken. I will cover that in a future post.
How about you? Do you have any road trip rules?
Charles McCool is an independent consumer travel advocate.
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