Travels & Adventures on the Highways of the USA

  • Sunset at Asilomar State Beach on the Monterey Peninsula

    Sunset at Asilomar State Beach on the Monterey Peninsula
  • Highway 61 south of Leland in the Mississippi Delta

    Highway 61 south of Leland in the Mississippi Delta
  • Highway 49 just south of the Yuba Pass in the Sierra Nevada

    Highway 49 just south of the Yuba Pass in the Sierra Nevada
  • The Pacific Coast Highway in Big Sur

    The Pacific Coast Highway in Big Sur
  • TX-208 S near Colorado City in Texas

    TX-208 S near Colorado City in Texas
  • Ohio River in Pomeroy, Ohio, on the Eastern Ohio River Scenic Byway

    Ohio River in Pomeroy, Ohio, on the Eastern Ohio River Scenic Byway
  • US-50 W leaving Ely in Nevada to the west

    US-50 W leaving Ely in Nevada to the west
  • The Blue Swallow Motel in Tucumcari, NM

    The Blue Swallow Motel in Tucumcari, NM

Road Trips!

In early October 2013 I drove out of New Orleans in Louisiana on I-10 W towards Baton Rouge. I headed out across the mangrove swamps and Lake Pontchartrain to start the first of my American road trips, travelling north up Highway 61 into the Mississippi Delta towards my eventual destination, Chicago.

This website has the story of that journey – and the others I have completed since. Two years later I drove south down the Pacific Coast Highway in California then swung back north to visit the Wine Country of Napa and Sonoma. I ended the journey by staying in San Jose and seeing the San Francisco 49ers play at Levi’s Stadium.

In 2016, back again in California, I first headed towards Yosemite and the Sierra Nevada. The plan was to head north then come back south down the Gold Rush Trail, California Highway 49. But then sometimes not everything goes as it should on a road trip, does it? 🙂

In October 2017 I did my Cross Country Expedition starting in Ohio, via Nashville and other places, and ending my on-the-road element in Texas. But again I finished the trip in San Jose to watch the 49ers.

Next year, 2018, I went slightly mad. I landed in New York at JFK and just over three weeks later I took off back to the UK from San Francisco airport, having driven Coast To Coast across the United States of America. I drove 4,466 miles in 20 days…

In mid-October 2019 I finally drove Route 66 having been planning to do it for a number of years. I went all the way from Chicago to Santa Monica on what remains of the old original highway. Then I went to see the 49ers again. And I saw them win, at last! The pages describing that trip are now, at last, live. Goddam pandemic seemed to suck the energy out of me back home to get the trip written up! Because of Covid of course, any travel plans for 2020 were well and truly scuppered. 2021 also went by the wayside as America remained ‘closed’.

Next Trip

In 2022 I started to plan another road trip for the Fall / Autumn that year. But my wife and I decided to go half way around the world to Hawaii on vacation instead! As you do. Early in 2023 I completed planning the trip for the Fall later in that year. My idea was to do the whole of the West Coast, from Seattle to San Diego. I’d re-visit the whole of the Pacific Coast Highway on the way. That plan fell by the wayside when Spring storms that year wiped out sections of Highway 1 in a series of massive landslides.

Caltrans are usually very good at coping with such events and normally get the road re-opened after the winter storms in time for summer. Not last year. The landslide at Paul’s Slide was on a scale not seen in years, resulting in Caltrans needing to shift nearly 500,000 cubic yards of material… By early Spring of 2024 the road is still closed there. The hope is for a late Spring re-opening.

So I postponed the West Coast trip and quickly created another. In Fall 2023 I did my first US road trip for 4 years, driving The Cascade Loop and the Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway. I’m currently writing up my diary to get the pages posted online. Watch this space.

About Me

I’m a white guy who lives in the UK and I turned 60 a couple of years ago.  I can’t quite believe I’ve made it this far…

I was lucky enough in my business career to travel to various countries all over the world. Much of that travel took me to the USA where I had (or manoeuvred…) the opportunity to add days on here and there and “see some of the sights”. Then a few years ago I thought I’d like to explore in more detail some of the places I’d been to before. But I also wanted to experience some of the many sights I knew of in America but had not visited yet. Like Graceland and Sun Studio, for two examples. Oh, and to see some American Football (as we in the UK call it) live ‘on the field’. The thing was, having been a fan of the sport for decades, I’d only ever watched it on TV.

I’ve visited many places on all of the trips where the environment, cultural mix and day-to-day reality was very different from my everyday life. Given those differences, I describe my encounters in factual terms and, where relevant, highlight how a situation was different to my usual life.

Some of my photos aren’t brilliant, especially those where the natural light is not good. Many museums and other places however ban the use of flash, plus music clubs don’t like you to use it. If you click on most of the images on a page they will display larger in a new window.

This site is not meant to be a definitive travel or tour guide, it’s just tells the stories and experiences I had on my particular journeys. I thought however that some of what I saw and heard may be of interest to anyone planning or doing similar trips, or visiting the places I did. Please leave a comment or ask a question on any of the pages if you’d like to do so.

On most of the trips I’ve done I had to miss out visiting some towns, museums, clubs etc. because I didn’t have the time to see everything. One day I might return and explore some more. Such as I did on the Ohio, Nashville & Texas trip when I returned to Clarksdale in the Delta. Equally, and this to me is an important point for a road trip, as I travelled around I discovered many other places of interest that I didn’t know about beforehand. I describe most of my ideas about road trip ‘thinking and planning’ in the Highway 61 pages. So I went where I went, and I found what I found. But if I do go back, I’ll make sure I see those new discoveries then.

Safe travels,

Zimbo