Road trip from Charleston SC to California and back


"Another poon dream splintered on the rocks of reality." --Peepod 07-25-2017

During the crazy COVID year of 2020, my wife and I had two trips cancelled. We had a cruise planned for Cuba and then Trump shut that down. Maybe that was 2019; I forget, but nonetheless! Then we had a Hawaii trip planned for April for my birthday, and of course that was cancelled. Well, they would have let you go to Hawaii, but you'd have to stay in quarantine in the hotel for two weeks....and we weren't doing that. So about the time that the summer of 2020 rolled around, we were getting cabin fever, as I'm sure a lot of people were.

So then began the discussion of where we could go that our government couldn't shut down or cancel. We decided that there was no way, shape, or form that our government could close the Grand Canyon. My father had talked about seeing the Grand Canyon at some point, but his life's journey got away from him. Its something he never got to do and I felt like maybe some part of me going would pay respect to his desire to go, so off I went to planning our trip. Flying was obviously out and I've always loved road trips, so the idea slowly starting becoming a reality. We were going to drive across the country and plan it for our anniversary in October. Why not? And why stop at the Grand Canyon? After all, I have an uncle that retired in Hendersonville, Nevada, a mere 30 minutes from the strip in Vegas. Why wouldn't we push just a few hours more west and go see him? And then if we're going to see Uncle Chip, we might as well push it another hour and go hit California while we're at it. I know what you're thinking. Why would any true southern boy go to California if he could help it? Well, it was more of a "we're going all this way, so we'll step foot in California and turn around" type decision, just to make it official that we completed a "South Carolina to California" road trip. Bucket list thing.

This is our journey in a few pictures. I realize that we're fortunate and that not everyone can do this type of thing due to time, health, money, responsibilities, or some combination of things. We know. If you have the ability to do this one day, I highly suggest taking the bull by the horns and just going. We had such an incredible time and it opened our eyes to so much American history and culture that you just don't get staying still in one place too long. That being said, there's no place in the world like Charleston. Get out there and explore your country!!

Our first stop outside of Montgomery, Alabama

The Biedenharn Museum, the first place Coke was bottled. Great little museum if you love American History. Coke is a part of that story

The site where law enforcement officers put an end to Bonnie and Clyde's run in Gibsland, LA

Passing through Lousianna, near Shrievport to be exact, we stopped a little hole in the wall type place. When asked what we wanted, I said, just bring me whatever the locals eat...... This was crayfish, alligator, crab, fish, and oysters. After that, we said, yeah, we're going to need some greens to go with all this fried food!

They recreated the crime scene from photographs.

This the view of the shooter. I'll have to say, the hair on the back of my neck stood up here. Its an amazing place, but very somber.

This was pretty awesome, in Dallas.

No shortage of good food in Dallas.

Bonnie Parker is buried in Dallas.

Ummmm, that's a gormet cupcake're welcome

The Fort Worth Stockyards were amazing. They have a daily cattle drive through the streets. There was also a horse auction going on at the time and that was really cool to see.

Major brownie points if you go here, in Waco, TX

Some country music history right here. If you don't know about the Broken Spoke, you ain't country.

To be continued shortly.....

"Another poon dream splintered on the rocks of reality." --Peepod 07-25-2017
Very cool Ricky. So much rich history to see in this country. My wife and I plan to do some driving tours in the next year or so, beyond Florida. She has never been west of the Mississippi.

"Apathy is the Glove into Which Evil Slips It's Hand", but really, who cares?

Let's go to Luckenbach Texas with Waylon and Willie and the boys....

They love their fried food in West Texas

And have the occasional hail storm

Off to Roswell, NM

And of course what western trip could skip Tombstone, Arizona?!

There were mule deer all over Tombstone.

"Another poon dream splintered on the rocks of reality." --Peepod 07-25-2017

The ENTER-NET Fisherman
Continuing on to Nevada....

What's inside this dirty little Casino in Primm, Nevada you ask? Ricky doesn't gamble, there's no reason for him to go in there....

Why they have the Bonnie and Clyde car! The real one!!

Clyde's actual shirt he was wearing the day it all went down.

Some of you may recognize this site....

Yeah, if you're 350+, you eat free at the:
We did not eat there.

Lucerito, Uncle Chip's second love.

Dad would be proud I think.

I know people overuse the phrase "you had to be there," but words cannot describe this place. Not even close.

Back on the road!!

"Another poon dream splintered on the rocks of reality." --Peepod 07-25-2017

Coming into Amarillo, Texas

Route 66 was amazing. Go see it before it completely dies. You owe it to yourself!

Sante Fe Steam Engine, retired

Another cool stop on Rt 66.

Yep, he grew up in this house.....we're fans.

His high school football field, where he got the inspiration to sing that one song, "Just the other night at a hometown football game...."

Alma, Arkansas, the biggest producer of ......guess.

And on to Memphis!!!

A Memphis original

"I was walking with my feet ten feet off of Beale."

"Another poon dream splintered on the rocks of reality." --Peepod 07-25-2017
And what trip to Memphis wouldn't include Graceland!!!

"Down in the Jungle Room!!!"

Vernon's office

I thought this was mega cool for some reason, Elvis' personal keys to Graceland

TCB baby-I think this guy created cool.

And this was amazing to me. Actually at Graceland is John Lennon's piano where he wrote so much. There's still the original candle wax drippings all over it from him.

"I saw the ghost of Elvis up on Union Ave. I followed him up to the gates of Graceland...."

Tupelo, MS hardware store where his mother bought him his first guitar. They will tell you and point to the spot, "Rock and Roll started right here."

Another part of music history in Muscle Shoals, AL. Do the tour; you won't be dissapointed.

Closed due to COVID at the time.

Huntsville, AL

The end.

"Another poon dream splintered on the rocks of reality." --Peepod 07-25-2017

"Another poon dream splintered on the rocks of reality." --Peepod 07-25-2017
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Of course this site doesn't let you edit anything, but for those of you wondering, this was our itinerary:

Day 1 Montgomery, Alabama
Day 2 Dallas, Texas
Day 3 Dallas, Texas
Day 4 Austin, Texas
Day 5 Austin, Texas
Day 6 Roswell, New Mexico
Day 7 Tombstone, Arizona
Day 8 Tombstone, Arizona,
Day 9, Hendersonville, Nevada
Day 10 Las Vegas, Nevada
Day 11 Flagstaff, Arizona
Day 12 Amarillo, Texas
Day 13 Amarillo, Texas
Day 14 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Day 15 Memphis, Tennessee
Day 16 Memphis, Tennessee
Day 17 Huntsville, Alabama
Day 18 Huntsville, Alabama
Day 19 Home

"Another poon dream splintered on the rocks of reality." --Peepod 07-25-2017
You learn in school that the Grand Canyon was carved out by a river... It is just unimaginable to describe as you stated. I'd love to have a few weeks to hike all around there. People are still discovering Indian relics there.

Just think, Forest Gump taught Elvis to Dance.

Thanks for sharing. I'm trying to talk the wife into driving the Alaskan Highway.
this is terrific.

i'm prescribed too

she married you. smh. i believe in miracles