planning

How to try to plan a road trip.

It may seem daunting to try and plot out a roughly 10,000-mile trip, and I suppose it was, but there’s really nothing earth-shattering about what I did.  I estimated how long it would take us to drive between cities in which we were staying with friends/family, and once the dates in those cities were hammered down, I planned the routes between them.

It turns out I was not great at estimating; I had to insert an extra day in the Chicago-to-Seattle and San Diego-to-Austin itineraries because I wanted to see everything between those pairs of cities, and for some reason, the major landmarks are not arranged along a straight line between them.  I decided that averaging any more than 7.5-8 hours a day may provoke a mutiny attempt from the passenger’s seat, so I used that constraint to decide where to stay each night along a predetermined route.  This is how we ended up planning stays in the burgeoning metropolises (correct plural?  I don’t know.) of Custer, SD; Livingston, MT; and Artesia, NM.

I regrettably had to leave out certain landmarks/parks/fun roads, for the sake of time.  That includes the Grand Canyon, among other places.  I know, this is where everybody is screaming at their computer/tablet/phone, “WHAAAAT?!? YOU CAN’T GO ON A ROAD TRIP WITHOUT THE GRAND CANYON!!  THAT’S THE ONLY PLACE PEOPLE ACTUALLY GO ON ROAD TRIPS!”  I know, it seemed weird to me, too.  It turns out it’s just not on the way to anywhere (it’s basically an out-and-back from Flagstaff), so I axed it.  We’ll take another vacation one of these days to see all the holes in the ground out there.

Now being two days into the trip, I must admit there are times when I wonder what we were thinking.  I love driving, but it really is a lot of driving.  Fortunately, I tricked somebody into riding shotgun with me for the rest of eternity, so I think it’ll be ok.

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Tentative Tour Dates!

Mica battles a snowdrift!

Today, we are two months out from getting married, hooray! And we are 79 days out from the kickoff of Wedding Victory Tour! Here is a list of rough tour dates where we have confirmed that we will be couch-surfing with some very generous friends and family. If we are coming to a city near you, feel free to drop us a line, and we will try to meet up! We’d like to see as many of you as possible as we make our way around the country.

* denotes an unconfirmed destination.

5/24 – Get married!

5/24-6/11 – Celebrate with friends and family around Virginia

6/12 – Leave Richmond, VA, tour kickoff!

6/14 – Hanover, NH

6/15 – Miscellaneous Canada*

6/22 – Boston, MA

6/25 – NYC

6/29 – Medina, OH

6/30 – St. Louis, MO

7/2 – Champaign, IL

7/5 – Chicago, IL

7/13 – Seattle, WA*

7/15 – Mountain View, CA

7/19 – San Francisco, CA

7/22 – Los Angeles, CA*

7/23 – San Diego, CA

7/25-8/2 – Return to Richmond via San Antonio, TX*, Atlanta, GA*, & Durham, NC

8/2 – Return to Richmond, VA

Wedding Victory Tour map

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