Somehow we were both on the same page right from the beginning. We wanted to go on a road-trip.
Some couples would be horrified at the idea of being contained in a tiny space with their mate for such a long time, but the thought never occurred to us. Maybe it’s because as soon as we hit the road, a few times each year to visit family in Quebec and Ontario, our bodies relax, minds de-stress, and a lightness of being transcends; a playful camaraderie in which we find ourselves chatting easily, sharing stories and thoughts and dreams, often rolling along in quietude, sometimes being entertained by CBC radio documentaries.
The “HOW” part would unfold as time passed. For now, we were just far too excited on dreaming about the “WHERE” and “IN WHAT” parts of our plans…
We knew we wanted to drive as far as the continent would allow and follow the coastline, but also take our time visiting family and friends. Naturally, we decided the loop in the road would turn us around once we travelled to Panama. And the route there would take us across Canada to the west coast, south through USA, Mexico, and all through Central America. We would visit 9 countries in 1 year.
Heading west we would zig-zag by dipping down through Main, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, up through Quebec and Ontario, then Manitoba down through North Dakota, Montana, up through Alberta, British Columbia, back down to Washington, Oregon, California, park our camper and fly to Maui and back, then head over to Baja Peninsula, then ferry to Mexico’s mainland. We would hug the west coast, down through Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras to Nicaragua, Costa Rica to Panama. On our return trip we would detour to Belize, Yucatan Peninsula, explore the east coat of Mexico, and head up Texas. From there, it’s a toss up. Do we explore New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, then head back to the west coast up to Canada to visit everyone again? Or do we follow the southern US coast to the east? That’s the beauty of the open road.
“It’s not the destination that matters, but the journey.”
I am sure that wherever our journey takes us, adventure and inspiration will abound. The world is such a beautiful place. We just need to wake up our senses and drink it all in.
~ xo DS