This video is a bit of an experiment. Shortly after beginning the US road trip, I got the idea to do it and starting trying to capture the trip from a single perspective. You'll just have to watch it to see what I mean.
I absolutely fell in love with creating videos during our trip and I'm amazed by what is possible. I couldn't get over how easy it was to edit the videos (using software that came with my computer) and share them on our web site. After a day on the road I could have a 3 minute video edited and posted within a couple of hours. This just wasn't possible for the average person a couple of years ago.
If you're considering a trip like ours, consider using video as a way to capture the experience and put it on the web. Not only will it be fun, but your friends and family will feel even more connected to you and your experience. Like my brother said "it's so great to be able to hear your voice."
Just last night I learned that we missed out on a bit of American pop culture that would have been interesting for the roadtrip. We never saw the movie "Cars" which, apparently, is based on the story of I-40 killing Route 66. This was our experience too. Here are photos...
We used a book called Road Trip USA by Jamie Jensen, which pointed us to towns, sights, cafes and oddities along the way. I got into the greasy spoon cafes along the way.
This is the famous onion burger at Johnnie's Grill in El Reno, Oklahoma.
Joe and Aggies in Holbrook, AZ.
Dinosaurs, dinosaurs everywhere. Holbrook, AZ.
19 cents per gallon.
We drove, a LOT. Actually, I rode a lot and Sachi drove a lot. There is something about the little gas stations that seems so American. It's like a little microcosm of the local population.
After spending some quality time with the family and eating our weight in southern home cookin', we are about to depart for the final leg of our journey. This afternoon we pick up our rental car and head west toward Seattle (actually only slightly west to Atlanta for now).
Home here in North Carolina is certainly an authentic slice of Americana, but being where I'm from, it's just home. However, on the road trip over the next 2 weeks, we will be on the lookout for those things that seem to be uniquely American for us. For example, one of the most striking things has been the sheer size of everything. People, voices, homes, yards, vehicles, portions, TVs, everything. It all seems so, um, big.
Thanks too for the folks who have welcomed us back stateside with warm emails. It is indeed nice to be back in the US and speaking complete sentences again. I had a dream last night about our dog Amos who will be on the top of our minds all the way across and possibly causing a mad dash to the finish line at the very end.
Our route very basic will go something like: Atlanta --> Dallas --> Grand Canyon --> Las Vegas --> LA -->San Francisco-->Home.