Saturday, June 20, 2015

June 20: Providence, RI

After packing the car the previous night, Carrie and I met at our friend Jim's house on Saturday morning for her send off.

The car was loaded and (mostly) prepped.

There was just one thing missing:

"I never leave Rhode Island".

The next time I would see both Carrie and my car would be a week later, on the other side of the country. I was envious of the things she would get to see, but there wasn't much I could do about it.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

June 16: Pawtucket, RI

This adventure is going to be slightly different than usual...

In the very early days of June, I had been pondering taking a road trip. My initial plans were to fly out west, rent a minivan and make a large loop of the west - Seattle to Reno to Phoenix to Albuquerque to Denver and then fly back home, or another loop of similar geography. A thought popped into my head, wouldn't it be nice to actually take my car up the Pacific Coast Highway? I realized this was a farce, with only 9 days for my trip, there was no physical way I could make it to California, drive up the coast and back eastward in that amount of time.

But what if I didn't have to actually drive my car out there?

I asked a good friend of  mine, Carrie, to join me for lunch on Tuesday, and I outlined my audacious plan: we would load up my car with all of the camping gear and other assorted necessities, and then she would take off for Los Angeles. I would then fly out a week later and meet up with her (and the car) and we would take off up the Pacific Coast Highway to Seattle, and then back home.

I predicted that she would tell I was nuts, but that after some thought, would agree.

I was right.

In a few short days, my friend and my car would set off on the first part of a road trip, without me.

Slightly different, indeed...