Making the Drive

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    Nov 22, 2009 5:24 PM GMT
    Time spent in California: 5.5 years
    Time spent in the military: 6.5 years
    Time spent dating in California: 2 years (if that)

    Time spent thinking about going back to chicago: 6.5 years

    I just finished up my drive back to Chicago, and man I had a good time. It's crazy the things you see while driving... as other people's bad habits come out because they think no one's watching. Kind of hilarious if you ask me.

    Anyhow, the reason for this post-

    Have you made any long drives recently? Why? Are you glad that you did?

    .. I'll start by answering my own questions:

    Yeap---> California to Chicago (southern route)

    Why? Because I finished my enlistment and decided that I wanted to go to school, live life, and be close to family/friends. Also, despite how everyone will disagree with me, I really like the snow. Nothin beats sledding, snowmobiling, and ice-skating/hockey.

    Am I glad? F U C K YES! ... not to hate on Cali or anything, but damn! I love the midwest so much more, and I guess that's because I'm a midwest man at heart. The lights and glitter of Cali just couldn't appease me, I guess.

    It's good to be home. See you out there.
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    Nov 22, 2009 7:46 PM GMT
    Haha, I hate Illinois (and snow and cold weather) and love California.
  • nadaquever_rm

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    Nov 22, 2009 8:21 PM GMT
    No road trips for me as I no longer own a vehicle, but I do miss those days. I grew up in small town, PA, and all through high school, we used to just spend hours driving places.

    Like you, I love snow, sledding and skating and miss it terribly every time I move to more topical locales.

    Have a great winter!
  • Melos

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    Nov 23, 2009 5:40 AM GMT
    I will be doing the exact opposite in about 3 months. I'm currently living in Champaign, IL and will be moving to LA in February of next year. I've lived in Illinois my whole life and can't wait to get out of here. I lived in the northern suburbs up until college then moved down here to U of I. So I've made the trip up to the city and back numerous times, but it's not that big of a journey (2-3 hours depending on traffic. Personal record = 5 hours due to a huge snow storm in Chicago)

    One of my very good friends from college is from LA and she has made the trip numerous times herself, so I plan on hitting her up for advice on some fun places/tourist traps to stop by on the way out there. I'm definitely going to stop by at the Grand Canyon since I have never been there. Other than that, I don't really have much planned.

    Was there anything you came across on your journey that you would recommend?
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    Nov 23, 2009 7:49 AM GMT
    Real Chicagophile here - all the city stuff & mellow people, great art & arch - ( good small theatre groups) Jazz - also Carl Sandburg, Frank Lloyd Wright - the midwest is beautiful and they make CHEESE icon_smile.gif there.

    I'm living in Louisiana for a few more years, grew up here and don't really like the people - never have, but they don't like me either LOL. I spent most of my adult life in NYC - burnt out on that.

    Gays are so spread out here I drive an average of 90 minutes each way for a date. I listen to the radio - there's a lot of "Jaysus" fundamentalists radio stations - they r pretty funny.
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    Nov 23, 2009 8:00 AM GMT
    Hitched hiked from Florida to Maine at 18.

    Drove from Georgia to Cali three times (Southern Route).

    Drove from Monte Carlo to Mykonos Greece 4 times (2 ferries in between)

    It's so nice to get out there, meet new people and enjoy the landscape
  • jrs1

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    Nov 23, 2009 8:36 AM GMT

    No long drives as of yet ... I plan to begin some soon. Even if it means getting on either a bus or train.
  • DCEric

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    Nov 23, 2009 10:43 AM GMT
    Several years ago I did a loop, with my girlfriend... ok it was a while ago... from Baltimore to Chicago to the Ozarks and back to Baltimore.

    It was great. No funny stories, but did you know you can legally do 70 mph on the highway in Missouri?
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    Nov 23, 2009 12:25 PM GMT
    Most recent (and it's not that long a trip) was between Oberlin, OH and Northampton, MA.... just 12 hours.

    Still, I'm thinking about driving to my mother's house in Oklahoma City for Christmas. That one will take a couple of days...
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    Nov 23, 2009 12:59 PM GMT
    jprichva said We got stuck in a blizzard on I-40 outside the town of Milagro, New Mexico and spent the night in a convenience store

    But New Mexico is the Land of Enchantment!

    We have a second place in Santa Fe and sometimes drive from Houston instead of flying if time permits. The scenery in New Mexico makes it worth the effort.
    Unfortunately to get to New Mexico you have to get through West Texas which offers endless amounts of nothing. The midpoint of the Houston-Santa Fe route is Childress, TX, site of the unhappy ending of Brokeback Mountain. Its motels are right next door to a slaughterhouse, so the steaks are fresh.
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    Nov 23, 2009 3:21 PM GMT
    Yeah, a few weeks ago.. I drove from Detroit to Las Vegas with a stop over in Kansas City MO to visit a freind and another stop in Grand Junction CO.,
    The dirve through tthe mountians in Colorado and Utah are really beautiful but the crazy winding declines along tall rock walls always freaks me out a bit.
    I moved to escape the grey depressing winters of Michigan, I wouldn't mind them so much if there was more sunny days. So far enjoying the sun in Vegas quite a bit.. lot's of blue skies
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    Nov 24, 2009 2:52 AM GMT
    I recommend going to the Hoover Dam (it was amazing!) and also, STOP AT THOSE PLACES ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD!

    You know... the ones that say "LAST CHANCE! Arapaho Art and Souvenirs" They have amazing stuff, and the people are great. I bought a silver hand-made ring that has Lions that are connected, and resemble a Tribal tat and it's something I've never seen before.

    Other things include the Petrified Forest (google it) and also don't miss out on the Grand Canyon if you haven't seen it yet.