Travelogue Pt. 16

The Travelogue series recounts a seventeen-day-long cross-country road trip I took at age 21 with two college friends. We started in Charlotte, NC, and ended up two weeks and 8,000 miles later in Los Angeles, CA. The following is taken verbatim from a handwritten journal I laboriously kept on the trip. Names have been changed, but the rest is absolute, 100%, unedited truth.

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June 17

Woke up this morning around 7:30 in Mountain Valley. Brianna was in the living room trying to get us to play with her. Kevin was leaving for work, but we had breakfast with Melissa. Cinnamon bread, eggs, bananas. We wanted to run laundry so we hung around for a while.

Drove into the city on the 280 to avoid traffic. Minor incident where I had to pee really, really, really bad so made them pull off on the next exit which of course was a fairly bad residential area. So we tried a market, nothing. A cafe, nothing, and all the big scary guys at the counter turned and stared at me. Were going to try a church but it didn’t look promising. At this point I was almost crying. Right before we reentered the interstate, saw a much bigger restaurant and figured it HAD to have something. Pulled in and there was actually an outdoor restroom. Perfect.

Went into the city. Drove through Chinatown and parked off Broadway. Walked down to Fisherman’s Wharf. So touristy and expensive but being right on the water like that is hard to beat. Saw the sea lions. Saw Alcatraz from a distance. Jess kept saying it’s much smaller than she thought, but for me it was much closer than I had imagined. Continue reading “Travelogue Pt. 16”

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Travelogue Pt. 2

The Travelogue series recounts a seventeen-day-long cross-country road trip I took at age 21 with two college friends. We started in Charlotte, NC, and ended up two weeks and 8,000 miles later in Los Angeles, CA. The following is taken verbatim from a handwritten journal I laboriously kept on the trip. Names have been changed, but the rest is absolute, 100%, unedited truth.

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June 3

Got up this morning at 8. Didn’t sleep great but not terrible. Both of them snore.

Ashley’s got this great dog Christopher.

Packed up all our stuff and had breakfast in Ashley’s kitchen. She doesn’t have to be at work til 11:00, so she was still around and made us coffee. Continue reading “Travelogue Pt. 2”

Travelogue Pt. 1

The Travelogue series recounts a seventeen-day-long cross-country road trip I took at age 21 with two college friends. We started in Charlotte, NC, and ended up two weeks and 8,000 miles later in Los Angeles, CA. The following is taken verbatim from a handwritten journal I laboriously kept on the trip. Names have been changed, but the rest is absolute, 100%, unedited truth.

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June 3

Currently in St. Louis. I love this place. Love.

But I’ve gotta back up.

Didn’t bring this journal in from the car last night so I didn’t get a chance to write yesterday. We left yesterday (wow seems like forever ago) around eight in the morning. I picked up Jessica from Greensboro on the 1st. Dad made breakfast (waffles, sausage, eggs, coffee) for us, which was fantastic. We got out right on time, which was nice. Saying bye to Dad was pretty tender. He got teary but was so trying to fight it, but it made me teary too. I definitely cried for like five minutes on the road. Not so much out of sadness to be leaving, it was just so sad that he was that sad. Bye to Mom was fairly easy the night before. Continue reading “Travelogue Pt. 1”