Starting Point: Sunset State Beach, Santa Cruz, CA
Destination: Anaheim, CA
Drive Time: 8.5 hours
Hours listened to The Lord of the Rings audiobook: 3 hours, 50 minutes (Finished The Fellowship of the Ring!)
Starting Point: Humboldt Redwood State Park, CA
Destination: Sunset State Beach, Santa Cruz, CA
Driving Time: 7.5 hours
Hours listened to The Lord of the Rings audiobook: 3 hours, 55 minutes
Waking up on Endor
Highway 1 wound its way inland to the coast. Megan got very car sick because of all the ups and downs and turns. Once we got to the coast it got a little better but we spent most of the morning focused on getting to our first destination rather than taking pictures.
Ten days and 3,175 miles later, I’ve come to the end of my cross-country road trip. I’ve seen eleven states, three baseball games, and countless roads and highways. This journey has been a mixed bag of emotions, all together exciting and exhausting, grueling and relaxing. Through it all, I knew this day would come—I enjoy a flight back home leaving Ryan in Philadelphia to create a new one. Throughout this adventure with Ryan I’ve thought about our desire for what is familiar—what is comfortable—on a road trip that was inherently uncomfortable.
Today was our first full day in Philadelphia. After running some errands in the morning, we hopped on the train into the city to catch the Phillies game.
Baseball Game 3: Arizona Diamondback 5 vs Philadelphia Phillies 9 at Citizens Bank Park
While this was probably the most exciting game we saw on our trip (the home team finally won!) Citizens Bank Park didn’t measure up to Wrigley Field or even Target Field. It was a beautiful stadium but it didn’t have the history of Wrigley Field or the atmosphere of Target Field.
After the game, Ryan and I went to Triumph Brewing Co for dinner-thanks for the recommendation, Rachel! Quote of the Day: “How big is Villanova’s campus?” “I don’t know, 9 million hot dogs?”
On Saturday, Ryan and I embarked on a 10 day road trip across the country, all the way to Philadelphia. One last adventure before Ryan starts grad school and I start working full-time at Logos. It has been a long and arduous journey but we’ve had a bunch of fun so far. You can follow our progress with my daily logs. When I’ve talked to others about our trip, they’re usually excited and they tell me they’ll pray for protection and a safe journey. Though safety and protection might be nice and comfortable, I’d rather have a trip full of significance, a trip that makes for a good story.