Recently, my wife and I took a road trip. At over 1,000 miles, it seemed a little ambitious. If you’ve ever been on a vacation drive of 250 miles or more, it will eventually seem like you can smell the sea salt in the air. But in reality, you still have over 100 miles to go. At that point, it seems like time stands still, and so does your odometer. You have entered the Travel Twilight Zone.
However, once you break through the 100-mile barrier, there’s another one waiting for you just down the highway. This one is big enough to keep out Godzilla and King Kong. It’s the 30-mile wall. If you’ve ever been on the road for two days or more, you know that last leg of your trip is just brutal. You can almost feel the sand in between your toes and a cold brew in your hand. However, that damn odometer still refuses to budge.
Like a marathon runner hitting the wall, your only option is to just keep going. It’s like the road is testing you. “How bad do you want it?” The answer, “After a year of Covid Lockdown, pretty damn bad!” You bump up the cruise control. Yet those remaining miles are still frozen. Eventually, you see the display on Google Maps click down from 30 miles to 29 miles. You swear it must have been an hour or two, but it’s only been a few minutes.
This form of torture seems designed to break the will of even the most seasoned traveler. After what seems like a decade, you finally arrive at your destination. As you drop your bags in your room and take a deep breath of salty air, you swear you’ll never put yourself through this kind of misery again. Until next year that is. After all, the beaches are calling, and we’re all ready to answer. I hope this summer brings you nothing but safe and happy travels.
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