The Great American Road Trip

America is big. Really, really big. Even adjusted for inflation, gasoline is more expensive than at any point in the last 90 years. The western United States is mostly desert, and the desert gets unbearably hot in the months of July and August. My friend Mark and I live AND work together. All of these facts combine to make taking a road trip to the West coast a fairly miserable idea.

Fuck it. We’re doing it anyway.

Mark and I are driving to California. We’ll be gone from around July 8th until August 3rd.

The map below has what we hope to be some of the highlights of the trip (click the icons for pictures). The exact path remains flexible, but in general will involve a clockwise motion through the mapped locations, heading down to the Gulf of Mexico before heading west and returning via a massive slog along Route 80 (~7500 miles).

“Wow, Sam, that sounds horrible. Why would you do such a thing?”

Because it’s long, surprising, boring, dirty, exciting, straining, memorable, lonely, frightening, repetitive, (philosophically) romantic, noteworthy, stressful and unbelievably fulfilling. In other words, everything life is supposed to be.

P.S. If you want a sweet postcard, pop me an e-mail at

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2 responses to “The Great American Road Trip”

  1. Sounds amazing. Keep us posted as to the adventures.

    “Eastward I go only by force; but westward I go free” -Henry David Thoreau

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