After two years of saving, sort of planning, and keeping one hell of a secret at work it’s finally time to kick off our round the world adventure. In just under two weeks, on June 3rd, we’ll start with a two week road trip across America. Driving across the U.S. has always appealed to us but it’s something we’ve never had the time to do before now. When we first starting planning the trip, we were so focused on the foreign countries we wanted to visit that we didn’t give much thought to America. However, the more we thought about the trip the more we realized that this is the perfect opportunity to do our own version of The Great American Road Trip.
Planning this part of the trip proved a challenge since we have a limited amount of time to see as much as we can. This means we couldn’t meander all over the US and had to pick a somewhat focused route that would put us back in the south with plenty of time to see friends and family before departing the U.S. on July 5th. The rest of the trip is easy by comparison as we’re not bound to a strict timeline and can stay in any given place for as long or as short of a time as we choose. Our goal is to do slow travel and stay in each country long enough to get a feel for what it’s like to live there, hence the blog name “The Slow Wander” (for any A.C. Newman fans out there, the name came to me while I was listening the album “The Slow Wonder”).
After much debate we decided on the route outlined in the photo. This path will takes us through states that we’ve mostly not explored, sites we’ve wanted to see since we were kids, and ultimately to friends and family in the south. We’ll likely spend the bulk of the time in Wyoming exploring Jackson, The Grand Tetons, and Yellowstone. After that we’ll head up the Beartooth Mountains Pass into Montana and then head east to Devils Tower, Mount Rushmore, and Badlands National Park. Once we’ve explored Badlands it will be a race to Nashville with a stop in Hannibal, MO to see Angela’s aunt and uncle along the way.
Once we arrive in Nashville we’ll divide the next two weeks between there, Atlanta, Bainbridge, and Mexico Beach. After spending a couple of weeks with friends and family we’ll board a one way flight from Atlanta to Lima, Peru on July 5th. Angela’s sister, Nicole, will join us for the first two weeks in Peru and Angela and I will stay there until August 22nd when we’ll fly to Cartagena, Colombia. After Colombia, who knows, that’s the extent of the plans thus far.
We’ll update the blog as much as possible and we hope you’ll follow along.