I have been on the road for a week now. Those who follow my Instagram feed have probably already seen my voyage from Toronto, Ontario to Houston, Texas. The idea of a cross-country road trip came to me entirely unexpectedly. With all the free time in my hand, it suddenly dawned on me last week that I could leisurely road trip my way to Texas for an inline skating race hosted by my teammate. I barely had any time to plan in detail before I loaded everything imaginable into my car and hit the road.
Based on my previous shorter car travel experiences, my strategy is really quite simple.
- No more than 9 hours of driving everyday (any longer and it doesn’t feel like fun anymore)
- Visit friends as often as possible (I need a sense of purpose)
- Indulge in local delicacies (obviously)
- Detour if I see something interesting! (that’s the whole point of road tripping, right?)
When friends ask me what I plan to do at each of my stops, I just shrug my shoulders and cheerfully reply “I don’t know!”. Most of my friends I met through skating so it only makes sense that we skate together if weather permits. But there are so much more to traveling than simply enjoying new cities on my skates. Let me show you some highlights.