Wednesday, July 24, 2002

The Great American Road Trip: 7,700 Miles, 26 States, and 24 Days


The Summer of 2002 was a pretty big transition year for me. I quit my job in Boston (on the 4th of July) and will join the U.S. Air Force in August. Given that I might never get this much time off every again (not to mention that gas is about $1.40 per gallon and is only predicted to go up), I decided that it was now or never to take my All-American Road Trip.
This was the original plan
This is where I actually went. The phallic shape was not intentional, honest.
The grand plan is to depart on 24 July in my VW Jetta from Boston to New Orleans to San Francisco to Chicago and down to Alabama to start military training in late August. To keep costs low, I planed to crash at friends' places as much as possible or camp when I needed to. I even printed off some commemorative T-shirts with the above logo for the "official sponsors" who provided me lodging. Maybe I should have made custom license plates?



All-American Roadtrip 2002 Itinerary
Day
Start & Stop
Daily Mileage
1
Boston, MA to Washington, D.C.
446
2
Washington, D.C.
-
3
Washington, D.C. to Knoxville, TN
598
4
Knoxville, TN
-
5
Knoxville, TN to New Orleans, LA
642
6
New Orleans, LA
-
7
New Orleans, LA
-
8
New Orleans, LA
-
9
New Orleans, LA to Houston, TX
349
10
Houston, TX to Copper Breaks, TX
487
11
Copper Breaks, TX to Albuquerque, NM
439
12
Albuquerque, NM
-
13
Albuquerque, NM to Grand Canyon
459
14
Grand Canyon to Death Valley, CA
436
15
Death Valley, CA to San Francisco, CA
572
16
San Francisco, CA
-
17
Napa Valley, CA
101
18
San Francisco, CA to Salt Lake City, UT
810
19
Salt Lake City, UT to Denver, CO
621
20
Denver, CO
-
21
Denver, CO to Topeka, KS
568
22
Topeka, KS to Chicago, IL
613
23
Chicago, IL
-
24
Chicago, IL to Knoxville, TN
577

So that's the plan. 24+ days and 7,700+ miles. I hope you enjoy the trip as much as I did. Here are just a few of the pictures from the trip:
Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.
Jackson Square in New Orleans, Louisiana
Cadillac Ranch outside Amarillo, Texas
Grand Canyon (South Rim), Arizona 
Death Valley in California
Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California
Arches National Park in Utah
Sears Tower in Chicago, Illinois

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