Wednesday, November 30, 2022


Confused as I head out on the road

By Chuck Woodbury

No doubt you have seen these telescopes at scenic overlooks. Although I have no proof, I believe these are aliens from outer space. This is just a hunch, mind you. I only bring this up because I found this photo in my big slush pile of photos and could not resist sharing it with you. It’s such a darn cute telescope. I mean, just look at those big eyes!

But that is not what I want to write about today. Instead I want to tell you how utterly confused I am now as I begin to plan a cross country RV trip late this summer. I figure I will stay on the road between two and three months. My parental nest will be empty for the first time in 19 years, so there is no good reason to stay home where the highlight of each day is waking each morning and thanking the Lord above that I didn’t die in the night.

During the last week, I have spent a lot of time studying my road atlas. I look at roads, and towns, and then I consult with the absolutely wonderful guidebook Road Trip USA to try to discover good stuff to see. Frankly, and to be perfectly honest (which I always am) it’s bloody impossible! There’s just too much out there!

I also have people to visit throughout the country. So I need to calculate how to swing here and there to visit as many as possible.

From experience, I can tell you with almost certainty that even after mega hours of studying maps, it will not be until I actually turn the ignition key of my motorhome to leave that I will decide which direction to head first — maybe north, maybe south, maybe directly east. I know I won’t go west because I will drive into the ocean in 75 yards, and a sunk motorhome would be bad for its carpet.

I believe that the confusion I am experiencing is the best kind of confusion in the world. Because no matter how confused I am about where exactly to head, I know that along the way, no matter which route I take, there will be wonderful people and places.

So don’t think for an instant that I am complaining here! No way! I am just relaying to you what my brain is currently telling my fingers to type.

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