“Oh wow! WOW!”
That was our word for the day. We mentioned it a gazillion times (without exaggeration) over the course of 15 hours on the road from Texas to Arizona. He’s here on business, while I, as usual, tagged along for moral support and entertainment.
What am I to do in Texas without him anyway? It was a chance to travel and see the country, which I couldn’t pass up on. And since the plane fare to get me to tag along was crazy expensive (Around $1,000 for one person!), we decided to hit the road. It was the best decision ever made.
In between gushing and giggling, The Husband and I learned so many things, which I’d love to share with you…
#1: Texas is HUGE. Of course, America is too.
The entire trip took us 15 hours through 3 states, so you’d imagine that we’d spend 5 hours through each state. But 7 out of the 15 hours were spent traversing Texas alone. Now that’s around half of the travel time dedicated to a third of the states we passed through. The state is great because of its sheer size. Now about the other great things, we can chat about those later.
I know it is kind of naïve, but I really thought America wasn’t this HUGE. It took us 12 hours to drive through Georgia to Texas and 15 hours from Texas to Arizona. What more if we drove through from end to end of the country?
#2: Mundane entertainment is mandatory in long drives.
Now, since the drive is very long, you’d need to keep alive, alert and very much awake through the drive, especially if you are driving. Now, since I wasn’t driving (driving on highways scares the shizz out of me), it was my duty as co-passenger to help the driver keep awake through the drone of seemingly endless highways. I am not the kind of passenger to sleep through the trip, while the driver does his thing.
So to help The Husband, I shouted out speed limits (75! 60! 45! 30!) while also counting how many U.F.A’s (unidentified flattened animals a.k.a. road kill) we’d pass. We almost ploughed through a dead deer in the middle of the road if not for my expert screaming!
#3: Always take quick stopovers in between the long drive
The Husband didn’t believe the warning that driving long stretches, hundreds of miles of straight roads can cause the driver’s vision to warp. But this long distance drive proved that it does happen, which is definitely dangerous; so it is crucial for travellers to take quick stopovers every 3-4 hours or so.
Refilling our gas tank with a complimentary quick pee break was one of the best ways to get a quick rest in between hours of endless highways.
#4: Make sure the gas tank is always full.
Oh, ensure that your gas tank is always full since you don’t know when the next gas station would be. There were times when it was hundreds of miles with no gasoline station or even human beings in sight between towns!
Or maybe have a reserve gas tank in the trunk? That is if it can still fit.
#5: There is no mobile provider that has perfect coverage.
The purpose having a mobile phone is being able to communicate to other people while mobile, especially on the road. And in long drives, having a line to the outside world is most important, especially in case of emergencies. But what if your mobile phone provider doesn’t have a signal?
The Husband and I I spent a good 7 hours or more of the trip without a freaking signal. And to think that we have different mobile phone providers! In fact, I still do not have an AT&T signal in our hotel. Boo.
What if you get into an emergency and there’s no way to call anyone? Scaryyyy!!!!
So just to make sure you have ample means of communication, just check the destination and the route to ensure that you have mobile phone coverage. Or get a sim card of the mobile phone provider available in that location.
#6: Landscapes out of urban and suburban America are breathtaking!
AMERICA IS DAMN BEAUTIFUL. You just have to get out there, and I do mean really ouuuuuutttt theeerreeeeeee, hundreds of miles away from your cozy city apartment or suburban home, to see it.
#7: The best way to see the country is on the road
Airplanes are probably the fastest way to get around the different states in America. But driving is the best way to truly see, smell, hear, touch and taste the entire freaking country.
So are you ready to hit the road soon? I know I just got here, but I am super excited for our future road trips!
Delirious about delicious,