The Cannonball Run

MapRoad trip

Wandering re-establishes the original harmony which once existed between man and the universe.  ~Anatole France

Well, there it is.  The map to end all maps.  Over 5,000 miles of American landscape.  To make this logistically fit, I’ve added an extra day of vacation as a buffer.  Yes, I took Monday off.  Who wants to work on a Monday anyway?  If you’d like to try something fun, click on the “larger map” link above and then search for “Gas Stations”.  Then zoom in to the area out west and see how sparse they are.  In a 12mpg Jeep, that is a legitimate concern.

My other very legitimate concern is the potential government shutdown while they work out the budget issues.  As my luck would have it, I’ll drive over 5,000 miles and not get to see any of these National Parks and this trip will become the “world’s largest trip fail” as recorded by the Guinness Book of World Records.  And don’t think I won’t send this experience in to them for consideration if that happens.  I will also become a very, very irate individual that will most likely spend the next year publishing how the government ruined what is to be a once-in-a-lifetime trip.  But why focus on the negative?  Anyone know the penalty for sneaking in to a National Park and taking a few photos?


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