I love visiting new places. I’ve lived in the United States for just over a year now, and one of my favourite things about this country is how vast it is and how many opportunities it presents for exploration. Canada is just slightly larger than the United States, but it’s also very sparsely populated north of, say, Edmonton, so practically speaking I think one can explore much more of the States while still maintaining access to the comforts of civilization.
To that end, I try to go on at least one long road trip every year. I’m also one of those people who actually enjoy driving, even for absurdly long stretches of time; anything up to 12 hours per day on the road is fairly comfortable for me, and even beyond that I don’t find long trips all that tiring. I’d much, much rather drive 12 hours in my car than take a two hour plane trip.
My new car was also begging to be broken in on a long road trip. Although I had a bit of a rocky start with it, all of the issues have now been sorted out (or at least as sorted out as they’ll ever be), so it offered another compelling reason to take a long trip. And so it was that I booked the 5th to 12th of July off of work and embarked on a 3,378 mile (5,436km) drive from Redmond, Washington through Oregon, Idaho, and Nevada to Utah, and then back home through Arizona, Nevada, California and Oregon.