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Oh, the Places You'll Go!

Oh, the Places You'll Go!

The start date of our trip – March 1, 2018 – was mostly dictated by Don-Michael’s birthday.  He decided that he’d “retire” right before he turned 40.  Andie refuses to say “retire,” because we’re not rich.  She claims that being retired at 40, without being rich, is more like “quit working.”  

To plan the route, we went to Half Price Books and bought the biggest laminated map we could find.  It was really big.  We wanted to go old school and have the feel of unrolling a massive map and plotting away like a couple of wayward pirates.  We had to clear the entire 8’ table.  We placed the tip of our dry erase marker on Dallas, TX. and Andie said she wanted to head east first, so there we have it.  We dragged the marker through each state, trying to select the shortest route.  Near the start, we had to slide all the way down to the tip of the Florida peen and back up because Andie once had a very gay friend with a very big imagination, who claimed that the old Jews live on side of the peen and the old WASPs live on the other side.  She wants to see if he was right and segregation is really alive and well in the South.  Plus, Andie just digs old people and Cubans.

Once we finished mapping out a tentative route, Don-Michael plotted those points into the interwebs; it is included below:

 

One guy we found on the web (Randal Olsen @ randalolsen.com) created an algorithm that smartly devises the most efficient trip, based upon your destinations.  It’ll plot your route effortlessly, once your desired parameters are defined (i.e. visit every US Capitol building in the lower 48).  In fact, when beginning and ending in the right places in the US, the most efficient drive can be done in 6,872 miles (can be driven in 114 hours).  It looks something like this:

most efficient drive across US.jpg

Obviously, this trip is intended to allow us to “follow the weather” (navigate through areas that maintain moderate temperatures as much as possible), visit noteworthy and exciting destinations, and explore as much of this great nation as we can squeeze into a 12-month period, without rushing through and never really SEEING anything.  Racing through isn’t our goal.  Ultimately we want to be inspired to visit places that aren’t on everyone’s radar. 

Can you help us, friends? We’d love any suggestions (unless you recommend we take a hike or a long walk off a short pier).  This trip is a work in progress.  Our plans will evolve over the next several months leading up to Zero Day, March 1st, 2018.  We welcome any suggestions you have for the journey.  We hope to reward you by snapping photos of those destinations and sharing them with you.  The quality of the photos are likely to be poor, but what do you expect for a suggestion, a medal?

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