I work in sales and every 3 months we go through end of quarter- a very stressful time where we make a last ditch effort to hit our quotas. September is the end of quarter for us, and it ends on a Wednesday. This leaves me a two day window that I could take off before things start back up again plus the weekend. I live in, and would be leaving from, Austin TX
I love road trips- after I graduated from college (May 08) I took a road trip from Houston to LA, up to SF, then back through Utah, CO, and the Texas panhandle back home and then packed up everything I owned and drove out to take a job in Boston, driving through the South and stopping in DC and NYC along the way. This all took place in a 3 week Window, the first leg with my best friend of 18 years and the second leg with my father- an unforgettable experience and among the most enjoyable and freest I've ever felt.
On the weekends, I often enjoy 4-6 hour drives on country roads through the Texas Hill Country, stopping at local eateries and sometimes bars (at least, when I don't bring my dog along for the drive). I even enjoyed the admittedly dangerous 32-hour marathon from Boston back down to Houston during my move back home.
I'd love to take a drive somewhere interesting in these 4 days. I'm okay with spending long hours alone in the car as I find it quite stimulating unto itself. After talking all day at work and living a fast, non-stop life I enjoy the silence, solitude, and reflection that time on the road allots me as well as fulfilling my natural wanderlust.
I want to drive somewhere- particularly in the west, and ideally out of the state- that is visually and culturally interesting. I'd love to take a different way there than I take back. I have no real intention of spending a day or two in one place- I like to keep moving and wandering, stopping at safe-looking truck stops or what have you to nap when I feel tired, eat when I feel hungry, etc. Driving through the night and watching as day eventually breaks is somehow enlightening. My time restriction, however, is pretty solid- I have to hop on a plane for some meetings the following Tuesday and need Monday at work to prepare.
I know I sort of wrote an essay here- but does anyone have any ideas or suggestions on where I could go?