Friday, May 10, 2013

Typical Travel Day

Settled in for the night at Lowe’s on South Kirkwood Avenue in St. Louis.  It looks to be a safe area and was actually recommended by a National Park Ranger who has had occasion to sleep in his car on holiday trips. 

During today's 180-mile drive, I was thinking about how I’ve developed a sort of schedule - which is odd because every day is a different experience.  But I realize I've fallen into a routine on travel days and it looks something like this:

  • Wake up
  • Eat breakfast
  • Plot the day's route, making sure the atlas and my GPS agree
  • Consider possible overnights using, check email
  • Drive 1 - 2 hours
  • Stop for coffee 

Rest Areas make good coffee breaks.

  • Drive another 1 – 2 hours
  • Stop for lunch
  • Tour a landmark (today it was the U.S. Grant National Historic Site – more on that tomorrow)
  • Find an overnight spot
  • Re-provision as needed
  • Cocktails & Skype with John & Doris!
The best part.
  • Edit photos, blog, email
  • Movie/TV/crossword
  • Read
  • Sleep

A full day.! And it makes me ridiculously happy. 


  1. Sounds like you have an excellent routine!

  2. It's really the simple things in life that are the greatest!

  3. Sounds like a good plan to me! Sometimes I think of my "great escape" and this exactly what I would do...

  4. Do you feel that Overnight is more useful than the ALLSTAYS app?

    1. Not sure. I don't use ALLSTAYS because my phone doesn't support that app. Or I would. People seem to really love it.

  5. Nice routine, but remember that unexpected things can change things drastically. ;)

  6. Sounds perfect to me. Except for the coffee; I don't drink coffee. So I would probably take a nap then.


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