I made it home—approximately 3,000 miles—in a 10-day road trip. The craziness went something like this:
Day 1: freelance work; drive to eastern Oregon to camp
Day 2: freelance work; drive to south-central Idaho to ride ATVs into the desert, go dancing and stay with a friend
Day 3: drive to Salt Lake City; hash; drive to western Colorado to spend a night in a shady hotel room
Day 4-5: drive to Denver; hash; freelance work; explore Denver; stay with a hasher (who is now a friend forever!)
Day 6-7: drive to eastern Nebraska; eat my favorite onion rings in my favorite restaurant there; freelance work; stay with friends I’ve now known for 10 (!) years
Day 8: drive to central Iowa; hash; camp
Day 9: drive to western Indiana; stay with more excellent friends
Day 10: drive home; dinner with additional excellent friends
My drive contained an unbelievable amount of fun. There was a lot I didn’t get to do because I had to be home so quickly. I wish I could have taken another week to make the drive. Regardless, you learn some things about yourself and the world when you spend that much time in a vehicle with an only sometimes-functioning mp3 player. Here are my top 10 takeaways:
1. The price I’m willing to pay for a shady hotel room increases exponentially with each hour after sunset and the degree of the area’s isolation.
2. I prefer sleeping in a tent over a hotel room, by and large.
3. The drive—>party—>sleep—>drive—>party—>drive—>sleep—>drive—>party—>sleep pattern works well for me.
4. If you have jars of homemade pickles in your trunk, you have bargaining power.
5. Rabbits in Utah and Colorado are neither intelligent nor lucky. (I hit two as they darted out in front of my car. Mind you, there were no other cars in sight.)
6. Hashers are generous, fun and all-around awesome people. (I already knew this—it was simply a reminder.)
7. Speed limits are merely suggestions, and poor ones at that.
8. Hybrid batteries can run themselves down when traveling up steep mountain roads for 15+ miles. Hybrids will slow to 45 mph when this happens.
9. There are a lot of hybrids in Oregon. There are a lot of hybrids in Nebraska. There are no hybrids in between. (See No. 8.)
10. Adventure is always the right answer. (I also had previous knowledge of this fact, but elements of this trip served as always-welcome reminders.)