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.