Today on October 17th 2015 I got into my car at 5am and began my 6000 mile solo road trip. It will be covering 7 states, a bunch of national parks and probably bringing out a lot of held up emotions. I have so many feeling already attached to this journey, fear, excitement, and a little bit of doubt but mostly excitement. Traveling alone has always been something that I have shied away from. Mostly because I was and kinda still am terrified of being alone for too long. Lets also not forget my horrible lack of direction… east,west, what??? I am already outside of my comfort zone and I am loving it. I do not have friends or even acquaintances in the vast majority of places I will be going.
Going on this solo journey will give me time to become comfortable with myself and all the crazy things in my head. Hopefully I will be able to figure out a few big issues that I have been facing at the ripe old age of 26. One of my fears is that maybe I will figure something out that I am not ready for, but life isn’t about always knowing what is coming up next. In my day to day life I have complete control over almost everything I do. Being a personal trainer I tell my clients what to do, and when to do them, in their own homes no less! My life is very routine, train clients, workout, cook food, see friends, eat, sleep, repeat. This trip will throw me head first into many spontaneous days. My goal was to not plan a thing for this trip, I only have two places setup to stay! I will have to figure out where to sleep almost every night. That aspect of the trip is one of the aspects that scares me the most. I am used to always having a warm home to sleep in, and all the creature comforts that come with it. Not having that for the first time in my life, will hopefully give me some new perspective and appreciation for the comfortable life I have.
Today I covered close to 500 miles on my way to Missoula Montana. Honestly I was not quite sure why I chose this as my first stop of many. I figured it out once I actually got into Montana!
I chose to stay in a private room that I found on Airbnb for my first 2 nights… more about that later! The drive was fantastic, I spent most of it listening to music and podcasts, it was fairly uneventful. At one point in the drive I had the urge to just start screaming at the top of my lungs. For about 5 minutes I just yelled as loud as I possibly could, it felt absolutely amazing! The screaming lead to me laughing hysterically, other motorists probably thought I was insane. One of the benefits of being alone is being able to do things just like that. I highly recommend a good scream next time you are alone in the car. My dad calls it “Scream Therapy”! Other than a few screaming episodes I had a lot of ideas and thoughts pop into my head. The idea of perfectionism came up repeatedly, I will save that for my next post.
After 7 hours of driving I arrived at my destination, an old red house in the heart of Missoula’s “downtown”. I walked into the home and right away I realized that I am staying with 3 20-22 year old college students. There was and still is cheap beer cans everywhere, pizza boxes and an assortment of things everywhere! I wanted an adventure and it is shaping up to be just that. The best part is my “room”. It kind of reminded me of where Harry Potter lived, under the stairs. My bed is a mix between a cot and a twin sized bed!
My favorite part is whenever someone used the bathroom it made my bedroom door pop open! All of these things didn’t actually bother me too much because I was exhausted. I laid down for about 30 seconds before promptly passing out. It was a pretty uneventful first day!
My trip will span:
Yellow Stone National Park
Phoenix Arizona… after here I have not planned anything yet!
For my trip I have a few goals:
- Run for at least 30 minutes everyday
- Drink a gallon of water everyday
- Write for at least 20 minutes per day
- Read 3 books!
5. Experience the world and the beauty that it holds!
I will try to blog and post pictures as much as possible, or maybe not, I do not know. Hopefully my trip will inspire you get out of your routine and experience all that life has to offer. Life is to damn short not to!
“We travel not to escape life, but to not let life escape us”