I wrote in months ago to this site, looking for support and encouragement regarding the undertaking of my first solo road trip. And, of course, I received much support and encouragement and because of that, I went ahead with the planning. And......IT WAS A HUGE SUCCESS!
I flew to Denver with my husband on a thursday, toodled around Denver for 3 days, then he flew back sunday and I took off west, across colorado, up through Utah and into Idaho, where I ended my 3 day solo sojourn at my sisters house in Boise.
I cannot even begin to tell you how amazing a journey it was. The sights, the scenery, the people....but most of all, the pride I have, the sense of accomplishement I now have. Before this trip, I had never driven longer then 2 hours by myself....I went from that to 6-7 hours alone on the road for 3 solid days. I had never gone ANYWHERE without family or husband present and, there I was, a 43 year old mother of 2, visiting the awesome Colorado National Monument park in Grand Junction, Colorado- standing at the edge of the most amazing, beautiful canyon, all alone, not a soul in sight- listening to the wind howl, watching the hawks soaring....it was amazing, spiritual, inspiring....And I was not the least bit anxious or scared, that's the most amazing part. I anticipated so much anxiety and loneliness that NEVER materialized...not once, the whole trip. AS a matter of fact, driving into Boise, I felt a sense of sadness, knowing that my solo sojourn was coming to a close.
So, for anybody out there who is pondering a solo road trip.....my advice is DO IT!!! DO IT!! DO IT!! It was a life changing event for me and I now plan on doing it every summer. Having a sister in Boise is convenient because it is a landing place and there are 50 different locations I could start from.
So, THANK YOU THANK YOU Road Trip America Forum folks for helping me to see that I could do this trip....and do it well!!!