“Better to sleep in an uncomfortable bed free, than sleep in a comfortable bed unfree.” – Jack Kerouac, On the Road
After five months on the road, in which I spent most of my winter in the hot and beautiful Southwest and California, I have decided to attempt an actual cross country drive. From West Coast to East Coast. Doing this in a small, twenty-year old car is a bit unnerving, but it is also exciting, because I now get to see so much of the United States that I haven’t seen yet!
The first leg of my trip I drove from Southern California, through Nevada, the upper west corner of Arizona and into St. George, Utah.
This drive took me through a lot of desert. A lot of flat, brown, hot desert, with cars strewn alongside the stretch of highway, hazards blinking, overheated, over-tired and done. I noticed the multiple tow-truck operations along the 15, and I decided to drive slow, and to keep the air conditioner off as much as possible. Sweat and suffer through it. On the road isn’t always glamorous, but it’s always new and always an adventure. Hey, I like to I avoid monotony, unless that monotony happens to be a long stretch of flat, desert highway.