This doesn’t really count as part of the roadtrip because I’m not going anywhere, just sitting around in the Bay Area. But it kind of counts because I am no longer in Arcadia and have moved closer to the starting point of the roadtrip! And I’ve started living out of my duffel bag, which is really depressing to me. Goodbye, bar of soap. Hello body wash. Goodbye, habit of throwing clothes around after a shower. Hello, rearranging my duffel each time I ever reach in for something.
I can’t believe this is the first time I’ve been in the Bay Area since I left. The end of March was not that far away, but it seems like a huge period of my life has passed since then. It’s been so long since I’ve eaten Berkeley food. Or walked more than three blocks. Or seen black people.
Driving on the 280 around South SF just felt like I was home. We arrived around the time people were getting out of work and I thought “mmm yes this is where I belong.” I never understood people’s attachments to particular cities, but now I know. SD is enjoyable, LA is tolerable, but Bay Area is the place I love! And I will be leaving it for a month…
I woke up today really scared and stressed out. I don’t feel like I’ve prepared myself for a month long roadtrip just yet. I am scared to death of driving an American car for such long periods of time in such hot weather and in sometimes desolate areas. I am really afraid of getting a flat tire or getting car trouble. I’m freaked out about not having good cell phone reception or not being able to access the internet. And I am sad that I won’t be able to eat all of CA’s summer fruits, which is what I most appreciate about living in CA.
I’m starting this roadtrip with the mindset of “but I could do all of this in CA…” I’m also expecting to experience intense racism in the deep south. Hopefully at the end of this roadtrip my perspective will be completely swayed and I’ll come to appreciate America as a whole. That sounded really cheesy. Hopefully at the end of this roadtrip I will have eaten tons of delicious, authentic foods that are in fact better than the foods in CA, and I will not have gained that much weight!
What I’ve learned from 18 hours of research yesterday:
– You can only set up to 26 destination points on Google Maps. I had to create two different maps for all the places we’re hitting
– The layout and general character of all the Manhattan neighborhoods
– What’s in between Sacramento and Chicago? Salt Lake City, Denver, and Omaha
– North to south: New York, Delaware, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia
– East to west: Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, CA