Thursday, May 24, 2007

Grand Canyon Pictures

It is truly a big country. The views that greeted early pioneers of the Grand Canyon and during the long road to the Wild West are still present at many parts to this day. Little adventures on the way kept my journey eventful. There are more pictures and stories to tell but I'll keep that for another day.

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Day 1

Waking up at an ungodly hour of 4 am to catch the flight to Phoenix via Atlanta was not fun but expected. All previous doubts about whether it was worth doing an unplanned trip which was decided a few hours back was removed when I started the drive from Phoenix to Flagstaff, a town on the way to Grand Canyon. Flagstaff is a good base camp to visit the surrounding area which has a lot of beautiful places, the most famous of which is Grand Canyon. Sedona, which was on the way is also a very charming place. Another national monument on the way was the Montezuma Castle where I took a photo of myself. The vast open spaces and driving on the highway in my car was indescribably joyful. I managed to snag a last minute room for a discount price on none other than Route 66. Tomorrow morning I'll be hitting Grand Canyon.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

I'm finally off

The new plan is a shorter road trip but nevertheless it aspires to be a good solo one. I will be flying out of Lexington tomorrow and reaching Phoenix in the morning. Now the fun begins!

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Torpedoed!

Due to lack of communication and some unexpected twists and turns, Soham has resigned from the journey. All bets are off!
Now I have to think of something more financially feasible to make a trip happen. I have 10 days to spare and some money. The late realization dawns upon me that it is practically impossible to do a solo road trip from a financially moderate viewpoint. I begin planning alternate options.

Monday, May 14, 2007

The die is cast

So it's settled. After a few initial hiccups about whether Soham would be coming for the trip or not, it was finally settled that Soham and I were off on a road trip starting on Tuesday after he spoke with Dr Craig Douglas, his Thesis Advisor. The basic idea was to drive across US from Lexington and end up at Grand Canyon National Park. Then roam around in the general area and fly out to Lexington and Philadelphia respectively.

Our conference room where the trip plan ( the "load bearing structure" in Soham's words ) was made, was his dorm room at the University of Kentucky, Lexington.

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Prelude to the Road Trip

An intent to roadtrip alongwith a concomitant opportunity to realize that dream begun these days on the road.

The first road trip was the one to Washington D.C., with Michael in an Infiniti G35.
D.C. , with it's gargantuan goevernment and foundation structures truly felt like the capital of USA and so did the accompanying grammatical error on a D.C. building in bold. The Hoover building and the policy of fear was evident just outside the building. The brilliantly sunny day lifted my spirits and it was a great start to a period which had been preceded by a marathon job hunt which ended at lightning speed when all things sorted themselves out.

The next warm-up trip was a relocation/house finding trip to Boston. This was my first exposure to beautiful New England and it was my longest drive till date.

Having sorted out all pressing matters, I proceeded to plan on the major road trip that lay ahead.