Get Out of the Rut With a Road Trip
 
If you find yourself in a rut, life is the same old rerun take a road trip.  A different horizon, if even for only a few days, can clear your head, lift your spirits, fill you with a new perspective, and present challenge. 
 
If you’re city born and bred, a road trip through wide open spaces will blow your mind. You develop an appreciation for how much open country there is when you drive through the plains in Texas, the plateaus of New Mexico, Rocky mountains of Colorado and desert of Arizona.
 
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Olathe, Ks


I’ve always opted for road trips rather than flying as my means of travel. Having road tripped the majority of the U.S. countryside, I have been able to observe the differences in the terrain from state to state. Not only countryside varies but each state has culture peculiarities. I have driven through horrendous hail storms in Arkansas, drove the outskirts of a tornado in Kansas, experienced a blinding dust storm in Arizona, watched tumbleweeds cross my path on a Texas highway. A powerful roar of the ocean as rolling waves beat down on the shores edge along a seaside road on a moonlit night was my music  on the western coast of Florida. Each event is a wonder that fills up your senses and recaptures your youth.
 
Undergo the historical landmarks, and dissimilar architecture of different cultures and geographical locations. Some places are so steeped in the country’s history that you can almost sense the characters of generations past, experiencing their triumphs and defeats. Another amusing facet of road trips are the names of towns and streets and the history behind those names. Some of these places have local legends that will make your blood run cold.
 
To fully enjoy and educate yourself a road trip does not have to be a three day trip as the one I recently embarked on. Short road trips within your state to a historical or recreational landmark can be just as exhilarating.
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Granite Mountains Prescott Valley, Arizona


Pack up an ice chest with drinks, fruit and sandwiches, or carry energy bars, granola and dried fruit and venture out on the free flowing road with a destination in view. Don’t forget the camera and plenty of batteries. 
 
So, the next time you find yourself bored and living the same daily rerun, break the routine with a road trip. At the very least you will arrive home educated, inspired, with a new perspective and lots of pictures and stories to share. 
 
©dorianna ric
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This article was in response to the prompt “Journey” @ dverse
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22 thoughts on “Get Out of the Rut With a Road Trip

    1. Thank you for reading…I love them but hair is getting whiter and eyes a little dimmer…not sure how many more I will get to do. Last one a couple of years ago from Kansas to New Jersey to make a permanent home.

  1. i did not want your post to end, i felt each path you took as you described it, journeys aren’t just for the body, it is for the mind and heart as you wrote it here. I love road trips and have seen all of Malaysia, in the last few years I have been taking my kids with me, and it has helped us bond. and when we cannot make that trip, we will have writers who do take us down those roads and dusty pathways showing us how incredibly lovely this world truly is.

    1. Gina, you are indeed a kindred spirit. I don’t get to take road trips as much as I used to but the majority of my life was on the road traveling one destination to another. I treasure those trips and all the marvelous things I was able to experience as I know you do as well.

      1. yes i traveled a lot when i was younger too, my dad relocated many times and then i traveled for work. travel will always be part of me, another gift my father gave me, his love for the open road and just being free. i still travel these days and enjoy it very much still. all of your travels enriches your life and it is reflected in your poetry and writing.

        1. As does your writing Gina…you were blessed to have your father to instill that in you. I never had that so I think I started road-tripping because the open road matched my reckless spirit and then it just became a love.

          1. thank you Dorianna, I am more blessed than I realise most days and need to keep on holding to that. I am a little like that too, impulsive and yes sometimes quite reckless, I like traveling alone and just being part of the place I am in. my kids worry but they know i have to do this. in a couple of years once my youngest has finished college i plan to travel more. so much yet i want to see.

  2. So, strictly speaking this is a poetry prompt, but I don’t care – loved your fragments of bigger stories, synthesised into this great piece. The UK is pretty small, and things don’t change much geographically, but I’ve done road trips through Europe and Australia, so I recognise that change in scenery and culture as you travel. The American road trip is one of those classic fantasies – we’ve seen it in films, we’ve read about it in books – so it’s wonderful to get a glimpse of the reality. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Thank you Sarah, yes…I was naughty and should have written a poem but it was one of those nights when brain was foggy and wanted to take the opportunity to tell of my exploits with ‘journey’ as a prompt. Appreciate your lovely comment. After all, isn’t all life poetry?

  3. I remember the roadtrips I’ve made, both in Sweden and the US… they truly is a bit like exploring, you see something new, even in the familiar… I have done shorter ones with a roadbike as well.. really the same thing (plus the exercise)

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