If you follow us on Instagram, you know that I have an intense love for road trips. The open road combined with my thoughts, the sights, road trip music… it all comes together in an enlightening cocktail that always leaves me feeling refreshed and energized, the underlying goal of every road trip. More on road trip goals later…

So, after hightailing it out of LA almost 2 weeks ago on a Wednesday and arriving in Columbus, OH less than 48 hours after leaving and a day early for #12Fest the following Saturday, it’s time to head back and I couldn’t be more excited to get back on the road. This time though, I’ll be making the journey more slowly and deliberately. I won’t be going for any speed records. Plus, I have no desire to try and beat 2,400 miles in 48 hours for a long… LONG time.

Planned Road Trip Stops

East to West Coast Road Trip Map

The stops for this road trip are already planned, though the route is still debatable. Here are the planned stops for this solo cross country trek:

-Cleveland, OH to see the homie Wes Kasik
-Champaign, IL
-Denver and Boulder, CO
-Jackson, WY
-Los Angeles, CA

Like I said, the stops are already planned out. The route is what always changes. I’ll likely hop on the interstate until Champaign, IL where I’ll switch to state roads all the way through the rest of the trip. I’m trying to take my time! No more speeding through beautiful vistas like on my 48-hour cross country chug earlier this month. This time, I’ll be stopping regularly to setup the camera, reflect or do whatever it is I feel like doing.

The whole time, I’ll be using the tag #RoadTripMore to document my stoppings and goings. Follow along and feel free to add your own road trip pictures to it anytime you’re discovering somewhere new in your car!

Adios Pittsburgh. Hello Open Road.

Pittsburgh Pennsylvania GoPro 3+


I mentioned road trip goals earlier. I firmly believe that you shouldn’t take on ANY adventure without having clear and defined goals. Even if that goal is to just discover something new about yourself. This time, my goal is to put more focus on what’s between the destinations as opposed to speeding through it all. I’ve taken many road trips within the past year and a half and often, I’m more concerned with making good time than really appreciating the shit on the way. This time I’m going to let myself throw the car in park whenever I want, giving myself plenty of opportunities to experiment with my GoPro and travel photography.

I have no schedule. No commitments. Nowhere to be really… just me and the road. I love it.

And hopefully, somewhere en route back to Cali, I’ll discover something new about myself (haha) and more on what it means to be positive.

What are some of your goals for this week? Share your goals with us and we’ll send some positive vibes your way!

Check out our official #RoadTripMore series too while you’re at it. 😉

Author: Eric White

Eric graduated Ohio University in 2012 with a degree in Advertising and immediately went out to San Diego, California to start not using his degree. At the start of 2013, Eric quit his job, let his lease run out and started backpacking North America. Eric has worked with Amtrak, Crowdtap, HootSuite and others, and currently lives in Los Angeles, CA... when not on the road.

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