Road trip 2010

Last week as I chatted with my newly discovered cousin, Beth, I pulled up Google Maps to get a better idea of where she is geographically. Specifically, I wondered how far she lived from my sister, Mardy. It didn’t take long before I realized that a killer road trip could be devised. My first pass at possible destinations yielded this list (see Glossary if you don’t know any of these names):

  1. Portland: Our home.
  2. San Francisco: Home to Uncle Ralph, Aunt Carol and cousins David and Danielle.
  3. Moreno Valley: Home to Maridee, Steve, Trisha and Michael.
  4. Phoenix: Home to Michelle, Ric, Xander and Wil.
  5. Albuquerque: Home to Jan and Tom.
  6. Austin: One of America’s music capitols. Need to find worthy venues to visit here.
  7. Houston: Home to TQ, Tina’s grandfather.
  8. New Orleans: Another of America’s music capitols. Will probably need a couple of days here. Any suggestions for family friendly spots?
  9. Pensacola: Home to Beth and her family.
  10. Jacksonville: Home to Mike, Micah and his family.
  11. Savannah: Home to Mardy, Steve, Barrett and Kendrick & his family. We should spend at least three days here.
  12. Charleston: My old stomping grounds and historic southern city.
  13. Washington, D.C.: Our nations capitol. We would want to spend more than one day here visiting monuments and historical curiosities.
  14. Philadelphia: A natural follow-up to a visit to D.C.
  15. New York: The boys have a long list of places they want to visit here so this might also take a few days.
  16. Cleveland: Home to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
  17. Madison: My cousins Dee and Jon live near here.
  18. Riceville: My little hometown where my 25th class reunion will be held in 2010.
  19. Colorado Springs: Tina’s cousins, Natians and Kelly live nearby.
  20. Salt Lake City: Much maligned but beautiful city.
  21. Portland: Our home.

If taken in this order, this list represents at least 20 days of driving alone, never mind any time that we might like to spend in some of the cities. Even if I was able to get four weeks of vacation, that would only leave 7 days of non-driving time to spread around the whole trip. So let’s try a revised list of driving destinations:

  1. Portland
  2. This 1326 mile length will take two days. Stopping point will be dynamic.
  3. Colorado Springs
    378 miles/5.5 hours
  4. Albuquerque
    841 miles/12 hours
  5. Austin
    511 miles/8 hours
  6. New Orleans (stopping in Houston to visit TQ for a few hours)
    546 miles/8 hours
  7. Jacksonville (stopping in Pensacola to visit Beth and family)
    139 miles/2 hours
  8. Savannah
    573 miles/9 hours
  9. Washington, D.C./Philadelphia
    431 miles/7 hours
  10. Cleveland
    345 miles/5.5 hours
  11. Chicago
    377 miles/6.5 hours
  12. Riceville
  13. This stretch of 1800 miles is a two or three day drive. Stopping points will be dynamic.
  14. Portland

This list makes for some long driving days, especially at the beginning and end, but our boys are easier now on long trips than when they were younger. So that makes about 16 days of driving or less if we care to have some really long days.

9 Replies to “Road trip 2010”

  1. I’m so excited!! First… there are some family friendly spots in New Orleans. An aquarium comes to mind. And there’s a Margaritaville there where you can get a Cheeseburger In Paradise! There’s also a pretty cool harbor tour that I remember. 2 – there’s a lot of driving between Pensacola and Jax. It might even be somewhere around halfway between NA and Jax. 3 – We just went to the Georgia Aquarium a few weeks ago. We gotta do that while you’re here – it really is impressive! It’s a 4 hour drive from Sav, but worth it! 4 – Micah just went to the Rock ‘n’ Roll hall of fame in Cleveland. He was impressed.

  2. Quite the road trip Mick, you’d be in Iowa for a few days too, lots of family there too. but it’s hard to believe our 25th is in 2 years. Did not know that Charleston was your old stomping grounds.

  3. Mardy: Atlanta is really out of our way (4 hours according to Google). We have to make some hard decisions to keep the driving to a minimum so it’s unlikely we’ll go to Atlanta for the aquarium.

  4. My notes about Chicago:

    Steve Goodman/John Prine birthplaces
    Lake Shore Drive
    Lower Wacker
    Cabrini Green
    Sears Tower
    United Center
    Wrigley Field
    The El
    Second City
    Deep Dish Pizza
    Maxwell Street Polish Dogs

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