The morning pages April 14, 2011. Although I’ve only been at this road travel for six months, I am already a godfather. My friends Bill and Rebecca have purchased a motorhome and put their boat up for sale. Last night Catherine S. commented she sees a road trip in the near future. I am sure the idea was in their minds before my words and photos started showing up in their mailbox and messing with their heads.
Many of my friends are accomplished world travelers. Collectively, I would guess they could rack up a majority of the 193 recognized countries. I can think of four people who have each visited over 50 countries. But there is a lot to see in our country and it is so much more accessible. And you don’t have to learn the currency exchange. I can almost always understand the local dialect as English. I can almost always trust the water, the food, and the neighbors.
Many people are called by one or more themes in their travels. Juan likes to try local food, Linda notices birds and has spotted 513 of the over 700 species in this country. You can’t go wrong bagging National Parks and sites maintained by the National Parks Service. No two lighthouses are the same nor are the great bridges spanning our rivers, bays, and canyons.
Your experience will change if you travel alone or with a companion, whether you stay in luxury resorts, modest motels, or carry your own house on wheels. Not one of these choices will make for a better trip, just different. You will see different views, meet different people, have different perspectives, and have different adventures. And you will miss only the experience of taking the other road.
Not to put a damper on anyone’s travel plans but fuel prices are something to consider. We’ve grown up thinking about fuel economy in terms of miles per gallon or gallons per hour. Since I travel on a careful budget, it occurred to me to think in terms of miles per dollar. That was a bit of a wake up. Diesel fuel is $4.00/gal and I get 12 mpg, which is very good for a 28’ rolling house. You’ve already done the math: three miles to the dollar.
I might spend a couple hundred dollars getting to an area. Once there, I like to stay, look around, see what there is to see, and find a reason to stay on. Once on the move, I like for reasons to stop. I am happy to quit for the day only twenty miles up the road.
I am thinking 800-900 miles a month is about the right pace.
But the best mileage I get are the days I don’t even roll the awning up.