My nephew is getting married later this year. We just received the “Save the Date” notice. This is the first time I have gotten one electronically. Date, venue, nearby hotels, oh yes, it is a destination wedding. It will be held in the Sonoma wine country in California. Hotel is in Santa Rosa.
I have only been out west once and that was when NCTE was in San Francisco years ago. Well, I checked things out and booked rooms at the Hyatt Regency which is where they have a block of rooms reserved. Looks like a nice place.
Now I need to get from Pennsylvania to California. Most flights I checked leaving from Harrisburg International Airport, my airport of choice, stop at O’Hare and San Francisco before ending in Santa Rosa.
On a lark I decided to check driving routes. I was surprised to learn that I-80, which isn’t all that far from us, goes straight cross country to Santa Rosa. How about that. Jokingly I mentioned to Kathy that we could just drive out and visit places along the way.
I was surprised when she thought that that was a good idea. OK. So now instead of booking a flight I am looking for places to stay and visit along I-80 as we travel west. I am giving us four days for traveling just because I don’t want to feel rushed.
Looking at the mapquest route we will be traveling through Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Wyoming, Utah, Nevada, and into California. It is approximately a 40 hour drive covering around 2,800 miles.
I checked out tourist attractions along the way and most sights say I must stop at Iowa 80, the World’s Largest Truck Stop. Other must see places, according to what I Googled, are Chimney Rock and the Archway Museum in Nebraska. I will check out a few other spots as well. If anyone knows of some interesting places to see please let me know in the comments. I would appreciate any information.
I never really thought I would even consider driving clear across the country but it looks like it just might happen. After all, isn’t retirement about doing new things?