Go on a Road Trip




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So there I was, imprisoned, when suddenly, like a shining light through the darkness, an offer letter to intern at Squid Labs split my shackles, and I was free. There was only one caveat: I had to make my way across the country to sunny Alameda, Californ-ai-ay.

Rushing around Cambridge, I formed an alliance with prank, who was moving out to the city of the angels.

We piled our earthly possessions into his prius hybrid, sent the rest ahead by post, and pointed west. We blasted through a last desperate line of mole people and were free, rocketing westward at some fraction of the speed of light.

Step 1: Acquire Stuff

stasterisk says:

What you need:

  • A Car
  • Music

What you may want:

  • Maps (click and drag your route, at google maps!)
  • Lots of water (especially if you're crossing a desert at any point)
  • A buddy (ideally, one who can drive)
  • Cash
  • A First Aid kit
  • A spare tire
  • Things to sleep on
  • Other entertainment (books?)
  • A camera
  • A patch of free time

prank says:

  • A Towel

what else would you need?

trebuchet03 says:

  • Oreos
  • AAA - $50/year gets you awesome maps of everything! And Trip Tiks!
  • Tire Pressure Gauge

Step 2: Visit Canada

stasterisk says:

every country has its own unique culture.

Canada was similar in many ways to the United States - but they did something entirely different with their bulldozers.

Step 3: Eat Regionally

prank says:

Nutrients are important. Ideally, you should be shocked by every restaurant you enter, either from the ambiance, which you find utterly bizarre, or the food, which you find utterly _______.

stasterisk says:

Eat while driving or find your favorite podunk diner and have a seat for a good chow down. No matter which way, you don't want to be eating the same energy bars or trail mix after a week in a car. Let your mouth feast as your eyes will.

Step 4: Void the Warranty on Your Car

prank says:

What most people don't realize is that a prius is actually the epitome of off-road vehicles. Treat it as such. Even if your car isn't a glorious prius, take it places you wouldn't during your morning commute.

stasterisk says:

crazy australians.

trebuchet03 says:

Unimproved Route 66 - bad. Stay on that road too long with a regular car and you're asking for trouble. I lost a headlight in less than a half mile (at which point I turned around).

Step 5: Stop to Enjoy the Sunset

stasterisk says:

Especially if you should find yourself in Nebraska

prank says:

Nebraska is one of the great states of our union. hooray!

Step 6: Make Small Talk With Local Law Enforcement Officers on the Interstate

prank says:

Policemen are lonely, sitting on the side of the road all day. The best way to invite them to chat is to drive really fast by them.

stasterisk says:

Don't get pulled over, while road-tripping.

Step 7: View the Wildlife

After rumbling through their habitat in an off-road vehicle, capture the startled looks on their faces.

Step 8: Brush Your Teeth on the Road

stasterisk says:

Always practice good oral hygiene.

prank says:

stasterisk tried to brush my teeth. I didn't let her.

Step 9: Fill Up on Gas

prank says:

When filling up with gas, strike a pose! Make the "sexyface". This will improve your mileage, and bless your gasoline.

stasterisk says:

Try not to run out - even if you're blasting across the countryside at 222 mpg in a hybrid.

trebuchet03 says:

Fuel stops are a great time to check your tire pressure, oil and WASH YOUR WINDSHIELD. But, and I say this from experience, smell the washing fluid first - make sure no one pee'd in it :/ Check your tire pressure if you've had large changes in elevation ;)

Step 10: Take Pictures Everywhere

Be sure to practice touristic behavior, to the maximum extent, especially when you see beautiful features like this bridge

Step 11: Make Mexican Hot Chocolate in the Desert

There's only one thing to do when you run out of water in Death Valley - cook your milk!

After extensive research, we discovered that the best location is at ghost lead mining towns.

details at the How to Make Mexican Hot Chocolate instructable

Step 12: Stop in Ghost Towns

And swing on their stuff.

Step 13: Stay Awake

If you are driving.

Caffeine, loud music, daylight, fresh air, and sugary cold drinks can all help, but nothing is as good as getting sleep.

Step 14: Catch Exits

It's a drag if you miss 'em - keep a map or a navigator handy.

Step 15: Just for Fun: Straddle the Coasts

stasterisk says:

If you're starting on one. Put your foot in the ocean. When you arrive, put your foot in the other ocean. If you feel so inclined, do the same in any lakes, ponds, puddles, or streams you come across.

prank says:

If you're going from Montana .. to Utah .. you won't be able to straddle the coasts. eit!

Step 16: Get There -- It's Delicious

All road trips end in California. If you're not in California, your road trip isn't over yet. You might have to finish it at a later date.

Wasn't that fun? Of course it was. Canadian bulldozers, Nebraskan sunsets, goats and more! Do it again!



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    45 Discussions

    I would love to take a road trip that has stops at antique and flea markets. Do you know of any site or book that might chart out a route?

    Now, what are the chances of seeing the exit sign for Cozad,NE on instructables....Interesting.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    As soon as I get My license I'm going on a road trip !!


    10 years ago on Introduction

    Ankara-Istanbul is a single toll road,and we have OGS


    Getting there's not the point, it's the trip (how does Easy Rider end?) I appreciate your perspective, but that would make this "How to take a road trip to Squid Labs", a different thing altogether. L


    But when you're on a road trip, you want to get some where. And once you get there, you take a picture =]


    Well maybe, but I think it's about the journey. Have you ever set of with no particular intent or anywhere to go? L


    You lack something, a sense of adventure?
    E.g. one Saturday we decided to go to Newcastle to watch Rugby in a pub (not that exciting, and doubtful whether is was worth the 2 hour train ride).
    However, we stopped off in York, and then Durham, and got there long after the match had finished. Getting there was not the point (and it never was), taking a trip in the general direction of somewhere was.
    And it was a great Saturday too.



    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    road trips in general are trips ON the road. not really a trip to go anywhere. the guy who made the instructable just used the excuse of having to go somewhere ( or being invited ) to go on a road trip. if he had named it squid labs trip, then it may have been shorter, less funny, and wouldn't have included the pacific and atlantic coast.


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    I definitely considered flying instead, but decided to drive for the adventure. So I went on a journey on the road. If I'd flown in an airplane, it wouldn't have been a road trip. If it makes your rigorous definition of "Road Trip" correlate better, I did eventually return home.