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17 Things I Learned Driving Solo Off-Road

If you told me a year ago, my 2022 would not include one, not two, but Three cross-country road trips, and I’ll ask you with a smile, who the hell is driving me around America. I’ve had a driver’s license since the embarrassing age of 24, but people in my life generally think I’m not a “good” driver, on my first road trip On the trip—from NYC to Austin, then another from NYC to Nashville—I let my friend drive most of the time.

My third and final road trip of the year looked a little different though: I drove from Austin (where I live) to Los Angeles (where my partner lives ), and then return alone, in the space of a month. After spending about 24 hours alone in 17 years – old With nothing but empty mcdonalds bags and the occasional company flight for the honda fit, i feel like i have at least 17 Piece of wisdom sharing. Read all about it below.

  1. Road trip routines are key. For some, the above routine might include doing restorative yoga at sunset every day, or trying to find local art in each new city; Starbucks in Albuquerque or Santa Fe serve the same peppermint mocha and turkey bacon breakfast sandwich, rain or shine. (Are there better coffee offerings in these cities? No doubt, but I’m a creature of habit.)
  2. Totally fine when Driving in a sports bra when you’re really sweaty and hate all your shirts.
  3. The national park has very nice public baths. (For reference, in Arizona’s Painted Desert, there are posters of the desert in the restrooms, since I was too late that day to actually explore the park – which I thought was very sweet.)
  4. The last hour of the trip always, always, always feels the longest.
  5. THE ONLY WAY TO BE A CONFIDENCED DRIVER IS TO . . . drive, preferably across long distances on US highways, with few other cars on the road to intimidate your turn. (You can try to achieve defensive driving.)
  6. You need 20 Exercising for a few minutes a day to prevent the dreaded “driver’s knee” so bad that I had to spend an extra day in Marfa, Texas waiting for my leg to bend again.
  7. If you have to spend an extra day anywhere, try to make it Marfa. (The local newspaper is also a coffee shop! Great food everywhere! Erin Miles lives there, and it seems like every other hot queer artist has lived there since time immemorial!)

The only way out is through. A cliché, sure, but it certainly applies to the seven-hour drive.

  • When you’re planning a seven-hour drive and of course you can’t make it, by activity Break down the itinerary; for example, your first hour is all about calling your friends, your second is a podcast, your third is Kim Petras on repeat, and your fourth includes a stop at a gas station for Cheez-Its And Sprite etc.
  • La Quinta Inn & Suites offers a gym, pool, and laundry, usually for less than a decent Airbnb.
  • Facial mists are your friends when it comes to skincare; they’ll instantly perk you up and make you feel like you None have spent the past five days in a rolling box.
  • Actually, a note on refreshing yourself: Be honest with yourself about how tired you are! Stopping for the night, or even a few hours, is always smarter than being behind the wheel of someone so sleepy that the fog on your face can’t wake you up.
  • Eat snacks strategically. On my road trips, I have a very open-minded snacking policy, but when I’m desperate for vitamin C, my partner gives me a bag of Kishu oranges to unroll and pop into my mouth (and burn them up on the potatoes -Based on road food, not something I ever thought would happen) had a huge impact on my energy levels.
  • Pay attention to local laws, ie, just because weed is legal in a state , just because you drive by doesn’t mean that’s the case next. (Taken from a girl who may or may not have a nervous breakdown outside the El Paso border checkpoint.)
  • Flower Take time to see beautiful things. I know the drive for road trips is often to get from place to place as efficiently as possible, but my trip wouldn’t have been the same if I hadn’t stopped at a hot springs spa in New Mexico or spent time gazing in beautiful Arizona in the red rock landscape. These are things I actually recall from my road trips, not my days when I went from state to state in less than six hours (although I do Count those days among my most important achievements).
  • Audiobooks are your friend. (Tina Brown’s The Palace Papers is true.)
  • keep reminding myself How lucky you are to be wild and free on the open road, because that’s not everyone’s chance. I mean, drive safely, but it’s a bit of a thrill to be in the moment, especially when you’re totally exhausted and you just have to roll down the windows and scream to the soundtrack of Grey’s Anatomy
    When Season 1​​.




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