@macromeh@ruouttaurmind if you go on the main highway past the “time zone” sign where you go back an hour, then take the next exit, use the dirt side-road with no signs on it and go back, then get on the same highway and go past the time zone sign again, you will now be back two hours. keep doing it until you are at the time you want. or out of gas.
According to Urban Dictionary, which is
right up there with the OED in my extensive array of floor to ceiling barrister bookcases: “sold - the past tense of the verb you call someone when they sell out, meaning they messed something up for a great amount of people”. meh would never suggest we listen to sellout jams on a road trip… or would they?? Damn you, meh, you’ve confounded us again.
@f00l@JnKL@moonhat@phendrick When VW was doing buybacks, they offered me about 2.5x what it was worth. (It needed some fairly major body work.) I wanted to keep it anyway–it only had 50K miles at 7 years old–but my husband told me I’d be insane not to take the offer. He was right, probably, but the regular Jetta I replaced it with has been a disappointment. I loved loved loved my TDI.
I’d like my music players (iBasso and, yes, a Zune, with the music not yet consolidated on the iBasso) with music and podcasts on my phone. I have trouble concentrating on audio books while I am paying attention to the road. In the “old days,” which you youngsters are not familiar with, I would have wanted a good set of maps.
I like taking road trips by myself. I can stop when I want and look at different attractions, drive as long as I want, sleep wherever. But definitely have to have good music and audible and money to sport the trip.
@OnionSoup I carry an array of emergency stuff in my vehicle that I hope I never have to use. I had enough of camping and outdoor latrines during a couple of decades of Army life; and, I wasn’t born with the right equipment to pee on trees. These days, I like rest stops with nice bathrooms, motels with soft beds, and a button I can push for roadside assistance 24/7.
However … I still do own a few books on tape. I forget which books, because they’re stuffed in a bin in the back of my closet And I haven’t looked at them in forever; last time I checked, I couldn’t find any digital source for these, and I’m too lazy to convert them. So I kept them.
You might wanna check out chirpbooks also. They put a tolerably good selection of digital audiobooks on extreme sale every day, rotating out. Unfortunately, they don’t put as many non-fiction titles into the sale selection as I would prefer to see.
BTW: i’m so far past 40 that I can’t see it in the rearview mirror; but somehow I came across audible decades ago, long before the amazon buyout.
and my audible library is … ah … stupid-big.
But you have a point: I started with books on tape, and migrated as tech changed. People under 40 may have never even seen a book on tape, unless they go to garage sales.
I would say a good car is more important. I’ve been on so many road trips, but before I got the van, I would rent a car for the week instead of driving in my little Civic. Having leg room is worth it. And the trunk space. Because something changes in my brain when we are doing a road trip instead of flying and I pack pretty much everything.
@shaunanl That is why you might need a minivan or SUV then. It is really nice to have the space to “overpack”. Also to have enough space to lie down flat in the back for a nap or the night in a rest area.
@Kyeh I apologize, I do not have a recipe. I used to buy from a local bread franchise called Breadsmith.
I am pretty sure I can blame myself, gaining a few pounds, as I consumed this product every week. My local store closed down as they could not make a decent profit. Their bread variety was great and the quality was good. https://www.breadsmith.com/product/banana-chocolate-chip-dessert-bread/
@Kyeh The omgchocolatedesserts does not look brown enough. Probably needs cocoa or dark chocolate in the recipe.
The a sassy spoon looks good but one would have to make it to see if it is decadent enough. They do add a half cup of cocoa powder.
If you can find the right decadence, plan on adding a pound on your weight ever so often.
@chienfou@f00l they are. Some of my best memories from those years are the silly trips we took. We once crossed two entire states taking nothing but back roads. No interstates or major highways allowed.
(Took the interstate home because we were tired by that point).
@chienfou@OnionSoup As a kid we did the Key West thing. My family was family camping on the coast in August south of Miami (can’t remember where) and on a whim decided to drive to the end of highway 1. Surprised it took so long though. I remember as a kid being impressed with the bridges in the keys.
@chienfou@OnionSoup Years ago I worked on a “tall ship” that was there one winter. We’d sometimes go down (when chartered) to the Dry Tortugas and the fort there, the marine national park… Really beautiful places. I was really lucky to be able to do that.
@chienfou@f00l@OnionSoup One of my favorite vacations was by myself headed in general to Corning, NY. No reservations or specific plans to start. I drove off interstate until a sign caught my eye and stopped. So relaxing and nice to not worry about someone else for breaks or meals.
I would like to do it again. I looked into a couple bucket list destinations to fly and visit by myself last year. It was cost prohibitive plus trying to explain to the spouse that I would be fine alone. Right now I don’t have a good travel buddy. This year I had considered a family visit this fall but doubt I will be ready to venture away from home then.
@f00l@kerryzero@speediedelivery Yes solo is nice. I did a lot of that when I lived in Europe. So nice to not have to take anyone else’s desires into consideration. When I did it youth hostel style there were plenty of people with the same idea for a day and so often I wasn’t alone, but other times everything I decided to do I did by myself. Never boring and usually fun.
@viktore just be careful if you head East of Colorado. i was stopped twice in my truck & camper driving East across country, once in MO and next day in TN. I had WA plates. each time they were hoping for large quantities of something. and I said I didn’t have anything, which was true. once they said, hey, if it’s just a bit, you know, that’s OK. but I really didn’t. once they asked “if we had a dog search your truck, would he find anything?” and I said, yes he’d find my cat, and the cat would be pretty upset!