Trip Start Jan 06, 2007
17Trip End Jan 11, 2007
Map your own trip!
Show trip route
After the Valleyfair reunion and Steve's birthday celebrations, we decided to leave for our journey. Actually, we decided that day that we would leave. We originally planned to leave Sunday, but Randy figured that since we'd be cutting it short on the back-end, we should leave that night to get the most we could out of the trip. We only knew that we were going south, so all we had to do was hit I-35 S.
Randy called his parents and asked if he could borrow the portable DVD player. The only planning that we did together for the trip was to figure out what things we needed to bring. He decided we needed the DVD player. So he called up his parents and that made it our first stop. We each had independently researched some places (well he did, I didn't research anything except for Vegas and Austin hotel prices). And I told Randy that we would not decide where the hell we were going until we got past his parent's house. He kinda did a double-take and looked at me to figure out if I was serious. I was, obviously. And it was difficult for him to not talk about it yet already be on the trip. I want him to truly deal with spontaneity. We did bother to talk about how far north we could possibly go. But otherwise, we did not talk about whether we were going SW, SE or plain S.
Randy has planned trips with me before, but he's rarely just let the trip take its course naturally. One time, we decided to drive to Kansas City, MO. Then it turned out that both of us wanted to go to Cedar Point in Sandusky, OH. So I decided we should flip a coin to do it. Well, in the end, we ignored the coin flip and decided to go to Sandusky anyway, but I remember him telling me it was the first time he had done something so spontaneous. But in reality it wasn't, we both knew before the coin flip where we were going. We tried to do the coin flip two out of three, but miserably failed to get the desired result. Spontaneous would've been to go to Kansas City based on the result.
So this time, we went the more spontaneous route. We really didn't talk about where we were going until we left his house. It was a bit amusing to watch him tell his mother and sister how he really didn't know where we going. It was tough for me to do as well to tell everyone how I couldn't really tell them where I was going. It began to get tiresome to say "we don't know yet" in response to "where are you going?".
After we left Charles City, IA, we had to quickly decide where to go. I thought that we could get away still without deciding simply because I thought we had to continue on the interstate. But if we went SE, we would've had to take a different route than going SW or S (I-35). So basically we had to decide within five minutes where we were going. It took going from the house to the major Charles City road to decide. I slowed down a bit while I was driving, but there was a very quick exchange about pros and cons of everything. Randy did not want to go South, and I wasn't exactly enthused about what Texas would've had to offer in such a short time for us. I felt it was a big compromise to go to Texas or that region, and I had thought we might do it. But that was the first thing crossed off. I asked Randy about pros and cons about SW vs. SE. I was kinda leaning toward SE at that point, mainly because I had already written off Vegas so early on due to the CES convention. But I realized that going SE would not have been as fun for me - being an east coast person. Also I've been there before and I've never truly explored the south western states. It would've been the only option to give me new states to travel to, so it made the decision easier for me. So we went in that direction. We did not explicitly decide our agenda either. We only set off for Denver and knew what we might be looking at. Funny though because Randy wanted to do the SW anyway as well. And originally when we talked about going south, that's exactly where I wanted to go as well (back when the options were mainly Vegas vs. Texas).