The bottom-half of my trip was heavier on driving, so I don’t have as many pictures today. I’ll quickly recap and then share some general reflections.
Drove from my night stop in Dickson, TN down to Memphis. Here was where I really started to notice the heat.
I visited a renowned used bookstore (if you’re into that stuff, which I am, then I guess bookstores can be renowned). They had lots of wonderful material, but I gave myself a $20 limit.
Then I entered Arkansas and stopped briefly in Little Rock to stretch and grab some food. I had the goal to get as close to Dallas as I could by the end of the day. I made it to Greenville and called it quits.
I left Greenville early to avoid Dallas traffic, and I arrived in Austin around 11:30, just in time to pick up my mom at the airport! We went straight to my house and assessed things. Then we went out for tacos.
For those interested, we went to Torchy’s Tacos. At this point I have eaten there thrice. We definitely don’t have Tex-Mex like this in Pittsburgh.
That’s it for my road trip!
- This was my first road trip. This was also my first time driving more than 3 hours in one day since having pain problems. I was nervous, but giving myself enough time and having pain medication handy (non-prescription, obviously) was helpful.
- I’m really glad I took the trip by myself. Aside from the pain, I was really at peace for these four days. I had some awesome time to reflect in the car and I wrote in my journal each night before going to bed.
- I didn’t listen to any music on this trip. My head was loud enough, and I wanted to fully experience my observations and reflections. I did listen to a few podcasts.
- My favorite state to drive through was Kentucky by far. It was very beautiful. My least favorite was Ohio, partly because it was the only place I had been to before, and partly because the roads sucked.
- Lastly, here are my tips for those looking to take a road trip in the future and not spend a ton. Stay in smaller towns in between major cities where hotel and motel rates are a lot cheaper. Decide where you want your money to go. I chose to skimp on meals and spend money on things like admission to the Freedom Center and buying some books. I mooched a lot from the complimentary hotel breakfasts and would stop at grocery stores for dinner. In between, I ate a lot of almonds.
I’ll be back soon with an update on how the move is going. Things are still pretty hectic!
Much love and happy Thursday.
Jam of the day: Fleetwood Mac “Gold Dust Woman”