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Let’s talk routes

Sure it’s nice to think I’m going to hop in the car and just drive, itinerary-free, but having given myself a time limit of a summer I felt it’s necessary to plan out a rough route for this journey (keyword here being “rough”).  I want to be able to stay flexible to chase anything interesting that pops up along the way. And there lies one of the benefits of traveling solo with a flexible plan…if I find something that piques my interest along the way, I can simply just go there.

I wanted to be able to illustrate this somehow for everyone, but GoogleMaps and BingMaps limit you in plotting since they can only allow 25 or so total destinations on any given map. Then I decided I’d draw on a map the old-fashioned way (like so) using MS Paint, but drawing route lines based on existing Interstates and cities gets a little tedious, and probably more specific than I’d ever want to be.

But looking at the map of the US and Canada jogged my memory about those maps in history texts – the ones that showed how culture/religion spread across continents.  Those are approximations by historians, and I figured I could use a similar style to show my approximate route.  And here you have it:

A rough plan

I’m envisioning the trip in four distinct phases, hence the four colors of arrows.  The brown diamonds represent the start of the trip in Acworth, GA and the end of the trip in Endwell, NY. Here’s what the arrows signify:

  • Blue Arrow = first leg of the journey – Southeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Northeast
  • Red Arrow = second leg of the journey – Midwest and West
  • Green Arrow = third leg of the journey – Canada/Yukon Territory/Alaska
  • Yellow Arrow = final and fourth leg of the journey – Northern U.S. and back home

It feels good to lay that all down and write it out.  Recently I only had an idea of what I was doing up through arrival in Texas, and the remainder of the trip was just a jumbled collection of ideas.  Though this plan is pretty approximate (doesn’t always exactly follow Interstate/major highway lines), it indicates the general direction of where I want to travel. Who knows, I may decide halfway along the way to shift things around, but the arrows still reflect what I’d like to see.

In another post, I’ll try to identify some of the planned highlights along these different phases of the trip.  The best part is I won’t be able to name them all, as I’m sure a lot of the highlights will be unexpected.


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  1. Norman
    May 9, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    Haha completely circumventing Arizona

  2. May 9, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    Haha that’s just the unintentional result of me drawing arrows free-hand. I’ll be hitting AZ up to see a few places, especially Meteor Crater.

    • Mike
      May 26, 2010 at 12:05 pm

      Meteor Crater rocks!

  3. Andrew
    May 9, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    I think the red team is gonna take it. The trip sounds amazing! Keep us all posted.

  4. Bill
    May 9, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    Don’t blame you for skipping AZ, not much to see out here 😛

  5. Melissa
    May 9, 2010 at 11:15 pm

    Interesting comment about how culture/religion spread across this continent and you’ll roughly follow that pattern. Perhaps you can shed some light on it sometime?
    Wow I didn’t realize all the little islands north of Canada.

  6. Heather
    May 10, 2010 at 12:42 am

    Love the visual Joe! It looks like it will be a lot of fun for you.
    Safe travels:)

  7. Tonia
    May 10, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    PA is the only state that has more than two of the routes going thru it!! Teaberry ice cream and middlesworth chips here you come!

  8. Lindsey
    May 11, 2010 at 11:51 am

    Hoo-ray! I cannot believe you are going to all those different places, this is amazing and than off to the Peace Corps afterwards. You live life so well. Good Luck 🙂

  9. Kelly
    May 11, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    Wow! I thought I was just going 2 see a map! Nice life story about the whole process behind it! 🙂

  10. Keith
    May 13, 2010 at 9:10 am

    Joe- What a great page! I am looking forward to following your trip this summer. I am already excited for you to start so I can hear about the diverse things you are going to do, communities you are going to be a part of (even for a short time) and people you are going to meet. We are looking forward to you coming through Philly to spend some time with us! Take every moment of this trip and reflect on it. This will become a major building block of who you are as a person. Congratulations and I cannot wait for the trip to start.

  11. Jenna
    May 13, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    This is super cool Joe!!!

  12. May 15, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    I notice your paintings skip NJ…I’ll advise you to reconsider 🙂 It is, after all, the Garden State!

    I’m going to be at the beach in Jersey for a week sometime this summer — perhaps we can plan something cool! (That is, unless you’ve had too much Jersey with all of that LM recruiting last fall…)

    – Kelly

  13. menchaca
    May 25, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    where your red arrow meets the mexico border in texas, that is home – Del Rio. See the San Felipe Springs and the Val Verde Winery (Qualia family) oldest in Texas where I once picked grapes to as lesson thanks to my pop

  14. Aunt Paula
    June 6, 2010 at 9:40 am

    I am enjoying reading about your many adventures. Please be safe in your travels. Oh, to be young again. Love you

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