Road Trip Revelations

What lessons have I learned from three weeks on American roads?

Do not be afraid. We are adaptable to disruption in our lives. We are informed. We traveled over 5000 miles, visited all but one of the Great Lakes, drove through 17 states in 21 days (6 days in New York with family). Hiked in every state at least a bit.

We did not approach or go near any large cities, but enjoyed rural America from the Dakotas, through the Upper Midwest, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York and south through Virginia, Kentucky and back to Colorado. US Map shows the West at the top of the picture. We saw national and state parks and visited places I learned about from other bloggers. Thanks!

‘Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’ Isaiah 41:10 NASB

  1. People are smart and mostly responsible.
  2. Everyone seems to have a mask (or several) available after six months.
  3. Everything has changed in travel – six foot distance floor markings, face shields, plastic partitions in carriages and group transport, signs
  4. The governors get the credit and the blame for the changes.
  5. Every state is a little different (17 of them), but I do not see a need for national mask mandate. 95% of people were wearing them and those who did not were in remote locations or on trails.
  6. Restaurants have adapted to customers Covid needs: less people, spaced tables, but they may not be as profitable or be able to survive the winter with only indoor dining.
  7. Farmers Markets are thriving. Fresh fruit and vegetables are good for your immune system.
  8. Soap and Sanitizer is available in abundance – US Manufacturers Rock!
  9. People are less “American friendly and helpful” with required masks.
  10. Do not be afraid to see America – we can travel safely, be cautious and stay smart as you roam.
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