2014: Year of the Road Trip

The United States of America: Land of the Road Trip

Now that I am about to leave New Orleans, I have started looking back on my time in the United States. With a new journey already knocking on the door, I figured that a report on my USA adventures is long overdue. So, here it goes.

The one thing that stands out from 2014 is undoubtedly the road. Now, I am not talking about the horrible condition of almost all roads in New Orleans, ridden with holes, crumbling asphalt, and construction zones. Although that would probably be worthy of a blog post on its own. ;)

Ready to hit the road!

Ready to hit the road!

New Orleans roads always under construction

New Orleans roads always under construction

Nope. The road I am thinking about refers to US Highways.

Many, many, many miles of US Highways…

Miles and miles of US highway

Miles and miles of US highways

April

After Mardi Gras and St Patrick’s Day had hit the town of New Orleans, I was once again bitten by the relentless travel bug. The bastard never seems to leave me alone for more than a few months at a time. I had to get out of the city!

So I took a week off from work and decided to dedicate myself to the business of random exploring. And where do you go to get the All American Experience? That’s right.

TEXAS, here I come!
Yeehaw!!

You look like you're wearing the Texas Flag!

Click on the photo to open the album on Facebook :)

May

Well, that did it. Give me a little taste of travel and I become insatiable.

So less than a month later, I called up a buddy of mine in Arizona and told her I was coming to visit. To give you an idea, I had not seen or spoken to this girl in six years. “Sure thing”, she said, “why don’t we go on a little camping trip? That’ll be fun!” Yes. Why don’t we?

I love my friends. :)

Arizona Highway Scenery

Click on the photo to open the album on Facebook :)

June

What happens when Marly starts a new adventure? She meets someone. Turns out, this time around I haven’t only found a life partner, but a great travel partner too! :)

We passed the Texas Test with flying colors, so there we were driving to his Home State.

North Carolina.

Yes. For a wedding!

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July

Summer had come and so we decided it was time to step up our game. The Road Trip of all Road Trips!

We drove right across the United States of America, from South to North and back again. Such an amazing drive! Not to mention all the great cities we visited. From New Orleans to Memphis, Tennessee, then to St. Louis, Missouri, and all the way up to Chicago, Illinois. All incredibly beautiful cities!

And for the way back? We just had to take a different route. Just because we can. ;)
From Chicago we drove through Indianapolis, to then haul all the way to Cave City, Kentucky. Yes, the absolute middle of nowhere. With an impressive system of caves, however.

After visiting the Mammoth Caves early in the morning, it was again time to hit the road! On the schedule for today? Some good ole honkytonking in Nashville, Tennessee! :D
However hard it was to leave that party place, we did arrive for dinner in Birmingham, Alabama around 9pm. And then finally, we got back to New Orleans at 3.30 in the morning. Good night!

Memphis

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November – December

Holiday season in America. Home Sweet Home.

For Thanksgiving ánd Christmas.

So here we go again. Two trips from New Orleans to North Carolina!

Just a nice little 850 mile / 1350 kilometer drive – one way – to make it to the dinner table in time. Gotta get that turkey! :P

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What is your dream road trip?
Did you get stuck on planning it or did you go out and hit the road?
Any favorite (US) locations? Tell me! I can always use more inspiration for future travels! :D

2 Responses to “2014: Year of the Road Trip

  • Hola Marly! Wat gaaf allemaal! Als ik het zo lees is het een goeie move voor je geweest van Arg, tussendoor NL, naar de USA. ;-) :-) Ik zal jullie avonturen met veel plezier volgen via de blog, leuk!! Heel veel plezier op jullie roadtrip!!! Xx Jose

  • Hee Josefina! Wat leuk om weer eens van je te horen!
    Jazeker, toch wel een goede move he… ;) Het grote Azië en Australië avontuur begint al over een paar dagen. Ongelooflijk, maar waar! :)

    Beso! Marly

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