In early October 2013 I drove out of New Orleans in Louisiana on I-10 West towards Baton Rouge. I headed out across the mangrove swamps and Lake Pontchartrain to start my first American road trip, travelling north up Highway 61 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. In 2016, back again in California, I did what I nicknamed the ‘Mountains Trip’, when I 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.
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 4466 miles in 21 days. I’m still creating the pages to document the trip but hope to get it published soon.
And in 2019, I will finally do Route 66 from Chicago to Santa Monica. And then go and see the 49ers again.
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.
I’m a white guy in my mid-50s and I live in the UK but I’ve been lucky enough over my career to travel on business quite a lot all over the world – and 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 also to experience some of the many sights I knew of in America but 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’ because having been a fan 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.
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. 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 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.