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My life has become oddly wonderful lately. In the past few weeks I’ve been to a lecture at the Getty on Queen Victoria, worked a Jazz Festival, and driven across country from Los Angeles, California to Portland, Maine. If that’s not a crazy few weeks I don’t know what is. My tale of a solo female road trip!
Cross Country Drive
Many people told me that I’m ludicrous for doing a solo female road trip which took me through California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Colorado, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Canada (Toronto), Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. Just to break that down, that’s approximately 3,286 miles. I forgot to set my odometer before I left so I’m sure there at least 50 or so miles unaccounted for, but 3,286 is a good guess. It took me 4.5 days to do this. Note to all drivers, not only ladies, take a break while driving. You will get burnt out. I stopped for two days in Chicago and a day in Canada. And yes, the last few hours of my trip I went into “am I there yet” syndrome! It’s not just for kids!
Why Do a Solo Female Road Trip?
The reason I did this trip was because I a) figured I’d see some family and friends, b) it was cheaper to drive than fly and rent a car, c) I don’t think I’ll want to drive across country by myself 25 years from now. I figure I should get it out of my system while I can. I’m pretty sure I can guarantee that I’ll have it out of my system by the end of this; I have to drive back after all. However, honestly, it was a really wonderful trip.
Driving by yourself isn’t all that bad. It actually gives you a lot of time to think. It’s very similar to my theory in the Why You Should Try Solo Travel post. Anything and everything pops into your head on that stretch of road. You find out how quickly it takes you to get bored as well. For me, that wasn’t long. Usually, I fall into the highway hypnosis on my usual route, but when I’m on a new route, this doesn’t happen. I found myself listening to audiobooks to pass the time. Let me just say Peter Pan is boring to listen to, but Game of Thrones audiobook is amazing! And Peter Pan is awesome, so says the fact that I have a Peter Pan tank top.
All in all I’d say it’s a rewarding drive that everyone should do at least once in their life. Young or old, do it if you haven’t.