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There & Back Again to see how far it was!


The last leg of the 3079 mile road trip involved driving from San Francisco to Los Angeles which involved a lot of driving mainly along the Highway 5.

I had planned the route using Google maps which had been calculated as 3000 miles the difference as it turned out was the unscheduled trips to the ferry terminal in San Francisco. I was duly impressed with the fact that this was incredibly accurate essential if keeping to a daily milage limit & an indication that we had not got lost en route!

Until this point we had many avoided the main roads preferring the more scenic routes but time & distance dictated the need to use the most direct means of returning to the camper & getting the flight home.

My daughter drove the first part leaving me to take over and navigate the intense traffic in LA. While she was at the wheel it allowed me to watch the world go by & mull over whether I had learned anything on our sojourn.

As it happened quite a lot of things had crossed my mind as we had roamed around. I had come to the conclusion that whilst it was fun to hang out with those much younger than me. However whilst it was immensely flattering when a young guy at the festival started dancing with me having told me he ‘loved my dance moves’ it merely reaffirmed my desire to remain young at heart not turn the clock back.

I admit to being a little taken aback at my new capacity to scrutinise some long held beliefs & revise my view point of view. It requires a degree of strength to tap into your inner self, hold your hands up & then admit to yourself that you may have been wrong or misguided. This is however a very liberating experience perhaps should be something that wider society would do well to embrace from time to time?

Personally I found the less judgemental approach of the ‘Millennials’ to be refreshing. Especially as facing impending early retirement I was finding the prospect of being ghettoised into the role of ‘pensioner’ or ‘senior’ or indeed any other of such similar terms to be deeply troubling. However it was on the second road trip of 2018 that the kernel of the idea to set up this blog started to formulate.

Hi Ho Hi Ho its on the road I go…


Careful what you whinge about on Facebook as a missed opportunity to go to Glastonbury led me to bemoan the fact to my followers who promptly came up with some alternatives.

The first was an invitation to the USA to attend the Sasquatch Festival from my lovely niece and partner the second a challenge from a colleague to see if we could get tickets for Burning Man.

As I leapt at the chance to nip across the pond my daughter returned from overseas and smelling the opportunity to visit her cousin on foreign shores gallantly ‘volunteered’ to come with me. This substantially altered the logistics from me on a solo flight and hitching a lift in the nieces camper van to a full blown road trip.

To incorporate the visiting of various iconic places and reunion with old friends of my daughter the route began to lengthen to the point where it became necessary to hire a camper of our own. Given my daughter normally drives a small Daewoo the choice of vehicle was limited to a Ford Maverick as I was clear that I was not going to be the chauffeur for 3000 miles.

So thanks to Escape Camper Vans for the hire of Mosaic or Mo for short as I began the first of two epic trips this year.

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