Sunday, March 11, 2007

On the road part one: Rolling out of town

1). We take 51 south 18 miles to 57 south

2). We take 57 south in Missouri where it becomes US 60 West.

Leg distance: approximately 78 miles, leg time: estimated at 1 hour 45 minutes, 2 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

This is likely to be the leg of the trip everyone wants to drive. Who wouldn’t want to jump behind the wheel as we head out of town?

We’ve counted the days, we’ve listened to the music, we’ve worked often on a blog to chronicle it. This trip is months in the making, and as we roll out of Carbondale, it will be tough not to be crushed by the excitement. The nearly two hour travel time is probably a bit long, but all these section of the trip entries will overestimate time.

I expect chatter to be strong in the car at this point. There should be decent banter with many hilarious one-liners. Music, of course, will blare from our open car windows as we bid Carbondale farewell on a sunny Wednesday afternoon that sees most of our classmates trekking to class.

This leg taxes us zero. It’s more fun than anything else. We’ll no doubt have some light tunes, but we have yet to tackle music selection. A long, extensive list is in the works. Also, driving duties will be determined by random drawing, sort of like the NBA draft lottery.

Photo caption: Carbondale's Southern Illinois University on a winter day. We're leaving it behind April 25 on our six day journey to the Coachella Arts and Music Festival. Photo taken from

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