Shots and musings from San Diego based photographer, David Phillipich

Sunrise Highway

This past Friday night I set off on the trek back to DC.  In the past, I had made it a habit to stop and spend the night in Madison, WI, just to break up the trip and spend some time with the homies.  This trip would be different.  I didn’t want to be driving on Sunday and there’s no better time to deal with Chicago traffic than at 4:00 a.m. Saturday morning, so I went the distance.  The drive took about 17 hours and covered a little over 1,100 miles.  I’ve always enjoyed driving solo, particularly over long distances because it’s a chance to see the country and not be bothered.  It’s just me, the road and the occasional eighteen wheeler.

Driving through Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland and into Virginia may sound boring, particularly when the only change of scenery came in the form of glowing headlights heading in the opposite direction.  But every long drive has its moments, and sometimes catching a sunrise in a new place makes it all worth it.

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2 responses

  1. erikuecke

    What is that feeling when you’re driving away from people and they recede on the plain till you see their specks dispersing?-it’s the too-huge world vaulting us, and it’s good-by. But we lean forward to the next crazy venture beneath the skies.

    Jack Kerouac
    On the Road

    December 1, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    • Thanks for this, E. One of my all-time favorite novels.

      December 1, 2009 at 1:49 pm

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