I know what you're thinking. The answer is yes, I'm at it again. My previous road trips of 2009 stirred something inside me and helped find me find myself. I found out that I have a real passion for this sort of thing and it helped define who I was. Not to be so high-strung and to enjoy the beauty in life. I found happiness, a high that I haven't been able to duplicate since. With the high gas prices last year, I only took a little roadtrip to Washington DC to see if that would satisfy my urge to drive. Nope. That's only a handful of hours away and hardly an accomplishment. Plus I lost all my pictures when my hard-drive failed. What I needed was to go someplace a handful of days away. To just drive all day long for a few weeks.
I wanted to go across the US again last year, even created a thread asking if anyone wanted to go. No takers. Well gas prices are still high this year. Figuring the prices won't be going back down to $2 per gallon anymore and I'm not getting any younger, I said screw it and started planning. Then packing. I knew what to bring, where to go, and what to do every day. This wasn't my first rodeo. I've got some money saved up and don't spend it. This seemed like a good opportunity to spend some of it doing what I love to do. Was I really going to do it again? You bet.
The same car was used, my trusty 1995 Jetta 2.0. I've gone through a couple of clusters in the time I've had the car, and this odometer shows 60,000 miles less than actual. It had over 195,000 miles on it when I left home. Surprisingly, it hasn't needed anything in the past few years. Is that a good sign, or would I just be driving a ticking time bomb?
For this thread I'll be taking a slightly different approach. I'd like to put you, the viewer, in the passenger seat for this ride. I want to make you feel like you're there. I want to explore your imagination. With a new camera, the pictures will be bigger and in higher resolution. We've advanced so much with the average computer and internet speed that I don't think anyone should have problems getting the pictures to show up in a timely manner. Also Photobucket sucks now, they reduce the resolution so much that the picture comes out looking like poop. No one wants to look at grainy pictures. So I'm giving flickr a try but of course they have limitations as to how many pictures you can upload per month so I'm not sure how long this thread will take to finish. Plus I haven't tested their bandwidth capacity yet. I'll see how it goes and react accordingly.
Also I'd like to make this thread more of a daily account with a lot more writing. I know that everyone on here is illiterate and can't read more than 6 words at a time, but give it a try. You don't have to look and read everything right away, save it for the weekend or an evening when you have some time off. Don't scroll quickly past the pictures- this isn't a race. They're not going anywhere. Look at each picture for a few seconds and imagine yourself there. This thread will be taking me a lot of time and effort to create, so I hope you can take some time to sit back, grab a couple beers, and enjoy the ride.
Wed June 15
Had last-minute errands to run, then drove from NYC to PA and stayed with someone there. This way I have a chance to organize the car and get a head start in the morning. I'm not counting this as a day because 3hrs is not a far drive.
FDR Drive: Bye New York!