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Epic Road Trip: Check!

I just drove in from New Jersey and boy, are my arms tired!

Ba dum bump!

Wait, that’s wrong. That’s an airplane joke.

My arms aren’t tired at all because I didn’t fly to New Jersey. Also, I’m not a bird.
Maybe I’m breaking that down a little more than necessary.
Maybe you’re clicking awaaaay….WAIT!

Over the past few years, my fondness for road trips has grown immensely. There’s something about being totally in control of where I’m going, when and why I’m stopping, and all kinds of other things.

When I was planning my third annual fall visit to see my sistuh-from-anuthuh-muthuh and the rest of her (our!) family, it occurred to me that perhaps I should try driving instead of flying. We’re “only” about fourteen hours apart by car.

Of course, driving all that way by myself in one day wouldn’t really be the smartest decision, so I did a little bit of geographical research to figure out where I could stop overnight if I split the trip over two days each way. I was overjoyed to discover that Pittsburgh would be an easy stop because I mentored a LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER team there this past spring and perhaps they wanted to meet up? (They all did, but only one could, and we had a great dinner!)

As an added bonus, I discovered that Fallingwater, the masterpiece designed by American architect Frank Lloyd Wright (my very favorite!), is located an hour south of Pittsburgh. Visiting Fallingwater has been on my bucket list for as long as I can remember.

Fallingwater

Bucket list item checked off: Frank Lloyd Wright’s gorgeous masterpiece and architectural wonder, Fallingwater

Momo’s home in Columbus is ever-so-conveniently located on the route to/from New Jersey as well, so that was a no-brainer.

I had a blast. Everything about being on the road went smoothly and I got the extra enjoyment of being able to enjoy beautiful fall colors along the way, something that hadn’t occurred to me when I was planning the trip.

I love autumn.

I love autumn.

The scenery was so beautiful that I ended up making my trip longer by pulling over a few times just to snap some pictures. It was a massive internal struggle along the way: take the time to grab photos, or just GET THERE SOONER? I met myself halfway and made stops because YOLO.

I actually pulled over to take this picture in southwestern Pennsylvania. So glad I did.

I actually pulled over to take this picture (and a few others) in southwestern Pennsylvania. So glad I did.

What I found interesting, the more I thought about it, was that now that I’ve become a semi-regular road tripper (I just drove to Memphis and back1100 miles round trip–two weeks ago, remember?), nine hours in the car seems like only five hours. Or four. The miles fly by. I’m comfortable in the car. I do some of my best thinking in the car (and in a float tank, and in the shower, and while ironing). I can catch up with friends while I’m road tripping. I can–and did–take work calls in the car. In fact, it occurred to me on the way home yesterday that all I need is a secretary to ride shotgun and I’d be all set as far as working on the road goes.

While on my road trip I took a road trip: weekend in Cape May, New Jersey with Liz. HAPPY PLACE.

Not just a gratuitous beach picture. While on my road trip I took a road trip: weekend in Cape May, New Jersey with Liz. HAPPY PLACE.

While I worked, caught up with friends, and enjoyed the scenery on the road I also did a lot of thinking about how grateful I am to have the freedom to hit the road. In addition to just having the kind of life circumstances to be able to take off like I do (grown kids, flexible job, etc.) I am so thankful to have a husband who gives me wings. Best husband ever, seriously, and his knowing that this kind of thing makes me happy makes coming home even more of a pleasure at the end of my adventures. He is truly the best.

Wanted to buy these socks in Cape May, NJ but later realized that I don't need the reminder: I'm doing it.

Wanted to buy these socks in Cape May, NJ but later realized that I don’t need the reminder: I’m doing it.

It was a lot of driving, but totally worth it on all counts and I’d do it again. Round trip mileage was around 2500 (including the side trip to Cape May), which is actually about 500 miles longer than a one-way road trip to Los Angeles.

Which gives me an idea…

I'm going to be looking back on this trip and smiling for a long, long time.

I’m going to be looking back on this trip and smiling for a long, long time.

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  • Cheryl at Busy Since Birth October 22, 2015, 12:26 pm

    I want to be you when I grow up.

    • Melisa Wells October 22, 2015, 1:31 pm

      Aww! You’re so sweet. xoxo

  • Jennifer October 23, 2015, 7:12 am

    I’d take that road trip with you!! (Wink wink)

    • Melisa Wells October 23, 2015, 3:21 pm

      How fun! Maybe somedaaaaaayyyyyy

  • Momo October 23, 2015, 7:22 am

    I love that I’m a no-brainer! Which is significantly better than no brain.

    • Melisa Wells October 23, 2015, 3:38 pm

      SIGNIFICANTLY. You’re always a no-brainer! πŸ™‚

  • Colleen October 23, 2015, 9:42 am

    You’re amazing Melisa! I wanna be like you! πŸ™‚ Seriously – I love a good road trip and am planning one with the man and the kids and friends for next June. <3

    • Melisa Wells October 23, 2015, 3:40 pm

      Oooh I know you love road trips! Can’t wait to hear about the one you’re planning!

  • Alexandra @ My Urban Family October 23, 2015, 4:16 pm

    That is amazing that you were able to see Fallingwater! It is on my bucket list for sure.

  • WhenCrazyMeetsExhaustion October 28, 2015, 6:09 am

    I’m so glad you came to da ‘burgh and we got to hang out! THANK YOU for spending time with little ol’ me–it was fantastic! Ya’ll come back now, ya hear?

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