Spring 2023 is quickly approaching and it kinda seems surreal that it’s almost like the world hit the fast forward button right about this time three full years ago. If you take a second to think back about the last time you did many of the things we always took for granted, you’ll probably think, crap that was before the pandemic.
I’ve been on the road a lot over the last two years but only to pick up inventory orders, not the fun kind of trips but I still managed to enjoy the freedom afforded to us as Americans. There’s nothing more American than waking up and hitting the road, you don’t need permission to get out and see this great country.
I’ve flown a lot over the years but I rarely enjoy it and as I’ve gotten older I hate it even more. There’s something about being trapped in a metal tube with a bunch of people that always made me feel uneasy. After so many years in law enforcement driving a patrol vehicle, an eight-hour drive doesn’t even register as a real trip. I’m not a scientist but in my mind if you are taking a four-hour flight, you are basically locking up around eight hours of the day anyway. Between driving to the airport and parking, then checking bags, security, waiting to board, boarding, the flight, de-boarding, getting a rental, and then getting to the destination…my nice casual drive with the ability to stop for food and bathroom breaks makes total sense to me.
That being said, the thrill of the trip trumps any of the boredom of driving. I’ve left the highway to see some fairly unremarkable sights but still, I saw them and I never would have on the couch or the bacteria trap plane. I’ve seen the one of the original Pony Express stations, the burial place of Billy the Kid, and the mammoth dig site in South Dakota, all great things to see but not on the top of any lists. Growing up reading books and watching TV I learned about so many places across America that I told myself I’d like to see some day, now I stop and see them every chance I get. I’ve been to the big cities and I can definitively say I’ll take the flyover states over any city 100% of the time.
This blog will talk about some of my past trips and obviously document all the new ones once I get away from the store and this damn desk. I encourage everybody to get out and see the country then go to our forum and discuss it with other people that love as much as we do. More to come…..