Tuesday evening I blogged about starting Road Trip 2014. That evening in a hotel in Fargo I couldn’t sleep (not unusual for me in a hotel), and around 1:00 AM I started feeling sick. So I made the rather impetuous decision to cancel the road trip and return home. Since I couldn’t sleep I got out of bed, got dressed, and hit the road going east.
In retrospect, I feel a twinge of regret, but I think I think I did the right thing. I’m not ready. My plan now is to do all I can to get fit enough for strenuous hiking and do the road trip next spring.
Today is the first day of my Road Trip 2014. I only made it to Fargo because I got a late start. Fargo seems appropriate because I drove from a warm, humid air mass from down south into a winter-like, cold air mass moving out of Canada. I was going northwest. The cold air was moving southeast. We met, and the temperature dropped twenty degrees between The Twin Cities and Fargo.
I drove about 250, uneventful miles today. I expect the driving to stay pretty boring until tomorrow evening at the earliest. Straight west across the flat lands of North Dakota on I-94. I plan on avoiding interstates and freeways as much as possible, except for getting across the Great Plains. I’m going to scout my road atlases and stick to scenic roads.
I’m staying overnight at an over-priced Fairmont Inn in Fargo. It will be cold and wet tomorrow. I have always pictured myself on this road trip hiking in shorts in warm weather. I didn’t think it would be too cold for shorts. Luckily I got a new rain parka and a light-weight fleece on Thursday. I’ve outgrown the parka and fleece I had. (Only growing children should outgrow their clothes. Not a man in his mid-sixties. I’ve had to replace my entire wardrobe.)
As I was driving today I thought that if I hadn’t made Airbnb reservations, I might have headed south today instead of north. What would be worse? Low temperatures, rain, and wind? Or monsoonal rains in the Southwest strengthened by a hurricane in the eastern Pacific? I don’t know if there is anyplace in the west that will not be having unpleasant weather over the next few days.
I’m starting on an extended road trip in September. I don’t know how long I will be gone; at least a few weeks. The closest I’ve come to a schedule is thinking that I should be back home by election day in November.
I have been thrilled to discover and use Airbnb.com, a unique site. It puts travellers in touch with people wanting to rent houses, rooms – I even saw someone renting a couch for $10 a night. There are also very expensive rentals. The prices range from very low to very high; something to meet anyone’s budget. I stumbled across Airbnb after checking out typical, chain hotels in Medora, South Dakota next to Theodore Roosevelt National Park, the sort of hotels easily found using sites like Expedia. They were all too expensive at around $200 a night. The great thing about Airbnb is that one’s accommodations become part of the travel experience. One can stay in unique dwellings, truly one of a kind.
I’ve booked into two places, each for three nights and each at about $90. Here is one of them, The Shipping Container Home in Montana.