A lot of family and friends have expressed an interest in knowing where we are during our trip and what we're doing. So we're putting together this page to help you do that. Originally we'd hoped we might be able to update this from the road with pictures and even video. But we couldn't work out getting the necessary technology. That's probably a good thing, though, because it doesn't look like there'd be room in the car for it.
Anyway...below you'll find a map of our planned trip and an itinerary. If/when we get a chance, we'll try to update our progress one way or another and even share some of our experiences. At the very least, when we're finally back on the East Coast, we'll update the page completely, including photos. For now, though, check back every so often to see if we've added anything. We'll try to figure out someway to do it.
Saturday, Nov. 3:
We leave Los Angeles (1) EARLY in the morning. Specifically we'll leave from the home of our good friend Jason Wilkes in Mar Vista, Calif. Perag, an engineering major in college, wants to see the Hoover Dam (1), so that's the first stop. For security reasons, our access to the dam is limited, but it'll be an interesting site. We'll also be stopping at the World's Largest Thermometer in Baker, Calif., on the way, if it's light enough out. After two of man's greatest wonders, we head to one of nature's greatest: the Grand Canyon (2). We'll use as much daylight as we have left to enjoy the Canyon. Then it's south to Phoenix (3) (Scottsdale to be exact). There we'll be staying with Kevin's aunt, uncle and cousin.
Sunday, Nov. 4
Thanks to a bit of good thinking on the part of NFL schedule makers, our beloved Philadelphia Eagles are visiting the Arizona Cardinals Sunday. We plan to be out there in the 90-degree November sun to see the Eagles avenge a loss earlier this season. After the game, we head south to Green Valley (4), where we'll stay with some good friends of Perag. According to Perag, we're in for some beautiful scenery in this part of the world.
Monday, Nov. 5
After enjoying some sites and time with family and friends, it's time to make up some ground. Monday will be devoted to driving. We hope to get at least to the panhandle of Texas. Of course, we'll stop to see any great roadside attractions along the way. Unfortunately, the World's Largest Frying Pan is in Washington, so we'll have to save that for another trip.
Tuesday, Nov. 6
Another big day of driving ahead of us, but we'll catch some sites, too. The first stop is the Oklahoma City National Memorial (5). From there, it's more highway. We hope to make it at least to Rolla, Mo. Apparently, students at the University of Missouri-Rolla have built a replica of Stonehenge. This should be good! If we're lucky, we'll be able to see Stonehenge and make it to St. Louis (6) that same night, where we'll stay with a friend of Perag.
Wednesday, Nov. 7
The pace of our travel will start to slow. The Gateway Arch in St. Louis is our first stop. We may also take in some of the other landmarks on the riverfront that are part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. Then it's across the Mississippi River. That means we're finally back in the East (sort of). We'll head north to Chicago (7), where both of us will stay with family members for the night.
Thursday, Nov. 8
Back together in the morning and on to Cleveland (8), where Kevin's sister Kelly and our good friend Sean live. We'll take it easy and hang out with them for the evening.
Friday, Nov. 9
Sleeping in, that's for sure. All we have ahead of us is a couple hours driving to Hermitage, Pa. (9), home of our newly engaged friends Shannon and Shelley (Shannon's a guy, by the way. We always find it necessary to clear that up before there are any questions).
Saturday, Nov. 10
The final leg. The sprint across the Keystone State back to the City of Brotherly Love, the greatest city in the world!
Estimated Distance : 3,580.9 miles