Deciding to drive our van to Mexico was a huge decision to make, for it meant taking a nearly 20 year-old vehicle on the biggest journey of its life. A lot of that meant driving through America. Coming from Maine, that meant a solid 3,000 miles or more. That distance and the cost of traveling through America meant it was best to head to Mexico rather quickly. Instead, it took us almost 2 months to make our way across the U.S.A.
Any country as vast as this will be filled with an amazing amount of variety, from inspiring landscapes and legendary drives, to must-see sights and regional food specialties, which were found in abundance. Along the way we even had the chance to meet up with old friends from the road who welcomed us into their own part of the country and showed us a true view we never would have seen otherwise. So we thank you Doug, for agreeing to meet up with us again. Also, we thank our old travel friends Andy and Cheryl. We stayed with them as they prepared for their own 3 month trip to Mexico with their dog, Rufus.
The road trip was born here in the U.S.A. Having the time to head down the winding road, with or without a planned route, is a heady thing indeed! Iconic sites are everywhere and you soon realize there are too many options. Any route you take is just waiting to show you its own version of what America has in store. You will also get to see some things that, in their uniformity, offer a bit of reassurance to the road-weary; all the same shops, restaurants and hotels are there, should you want them. If you are after true adventure and authenticity and you demand the once-off joints or the quirky finds, the classic American road trip promises to be all you imagined.