54 thoughts on “The Drive

  1. I laughed at the sprinkler part. Rainbow machine sounds amazing!

  2. White Pearl says:

    It was so lovely reading about your travels….Great post !

  3. srennick12 says:

    Gorgeous account of your travels. It was inspiring to see the side of the road through your eyes and revel in the tiny details and moments we often overlook.

  4. benzeknees says:

    Amazing what you see when you’re on the road. I especially like driving through an entire weather system in one road trip.

  5. I just drove up to Portland last week but I did it in several days to save wear on my car. How did yours hold up / how did you manage to make the full trip and stay sane? I also noticed the dustbowl signs and was curious why no matter which mountains I drove between there was always at least one Christian station that beamed through.

    • my car held up just fine, although i had some unrelated trouble with the battery today. to stay awake/sane i just sang the entire trip. not sure if that’s entirely sane, but at least i was awake. as far as the christian stations, at least from what i’ve found, everyone in the more ‘rural’ parts of the US are predominantly christian. it’s when you get to the cities that things get more… diluted? not sure if that’s the right word, but when you add pineapple, grapes, blueberries, strawberries, apples, and mangos to an orange smoothie; you can hardly taste the orange anymore

  6. erisa1602 says:

    I think this is hardly relevant, just the way I like it! When I’m in the car I usually pay attention to my phone and get so absorbed I probably missed a UFO landing in my neighbourhood, after all, I’m not the guy driving. But that’s exaggerated, I’d better keep my eye out the window more often…. :D Keep it up!

  7. Taide Kennedy says:

    i know this stretch far too well. my route ends in eugene, oregon. and im happy it does when i see all those washington plates driving along with me.

  8. Rebecca says:

    Nice post. I’ll have to try this next time I take a trip.

  9. mygodmoments says:

    Yesterday, my route included 124 miles of straight, desolate interstate. No deer (wrong time of day), no cows or tractors (bye, bye small farms, and no accidents (thankfully). It’s a dreadful drive, especially when the cat is crying because she’s not having any fun, either. A friend recommends I find a new route.

    Thanks for sharing your route. Your descriptions are picturesque. I’ll look more carefully for interesting sites on my return trip. Ya never know!

  10. strawberryquicksand says:

    I want to be on that drive with you. It sounds magical, despite the dead cow, the stench and the traffic. I love the sun on the horizon, the misty rainbow making machine…. and most of all, I just love driving.

    • next time you let me know when you want to go for a drive haha ;)

      • strawberryquicksand says:

        Haha I drive every day – quite far, really, if you count the miles. hehe. i’m a route service bus driver , and my husband drives daily from Canberra to Sydney and back. He is a driver for a different company.

  11. While I was in US I had driven from SFO to LA once, it was a fabulous drive ever. Some part of your post made me feel nostalgic.

  12. darsword says:

    Why do I feel like I need a rest stop or a stop for coffee? Really? All in one sitting? Good thing you had air conditioning. Can you imagine the same drive 50 years ago? A lot hasn’t changed on the route up the PC, 99 or 5.. But making it in a day is possible now with gas-saving cars and AC. Half a deer? I thought of the show ‘Under the Dome’. Thanks for taking me on the trip with you! I’m desperate for a rode-trip! Glad you made it home safely!

    • wow. thank you for the comment! haha
      yeah, i can’t imagine doing the trip 50 years ago. you’d have to stop so often just to get out and check if your car still works. and let’s not even mention how mcdonald’s wasn’t within a half hour of where you were. i’d probably starve before anything else.

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