A Trip of a Lifetime

across the usa

I had always wanted to drive across our entire beautiful country, and last year I made it happen!   I began the trip in Wilmington, North Carolina and spanned the whole country along Interstate 40.  I visited some amazing places and met some fascinating people along the way.  On this road trip, I decided to take my most comfortable car, my Mercedes-Benz S550 Sedan.  That was a splendid choice!

I purchased my Mercedes-Benz S550 because I wanted something that was smooth, luxurious, full-sized, and had a beast of an engine.  This beautiful turbocharged, V8 engine was so worth the $100,000.00 price tag.  After this cross-country holiday, I feel like I definitely spent my money wisely when I bought this awesome machine.

I took my time on this trip.  When I left North Carolina, I had no specific plans about when I would stop each night or how long the trip might take me.  The only plan I had was me, my new car, and about a 3000 mile stretch of road ahead of me.  This had been a dream for a long time and I still think about it all the time.  When you can fulfill your dreams, it’s an amazing feeling!

The first night of my trip, I spent in Nashville, Tennessee.  I was able to pick up a ticket to the Grand Ole Opry that night, and as my luck would have it, I was able to see Chris Stapleton perform.  It was a great night and a memorable way to begin my trip.

My next stop was in Oklahoma City, where I spent a few days visiting some relatives.  On the way to Oklahoma City, though, I did make a stop at Graceland to visit the home of Elvis Presley.  I decided that Graceland is eternally a home stuck in a time warp of the 1970’s, as it pays homage to Elvis and his life spent there.  It was very neat to see the opulence of the 1970’s time period.

After leaving Oklahoma, I spent a few days in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  I stayed in a fabulous golf resort with wide views of the surrounding desert.  I had time to play a little golf, tennis, and sightsee around that great area.  I also went on a side trip to Santa Fe so I could stop in the Georgia O’Keefe Museum.  I’ve always admired her artwork and sculptures, so that was interesting to see the museum. 

Before heading to Barstow, which was my final destination, I made one more side trip to Las Vegas, Nevada.  I stayed at the famous Caesars Palace, where I spent some time gambling, eating well, and sightseeing.  There are a lot of unique and interesting sights to see in Las Vegas.  It’s the town that never sleeps.

This road trip was absolutely incredible!  I had plenty of time to see the things I wanted to see, and my new car was the perfect ride for such a long trip.  It was everything I could have hoped for on my first drive across the country.  I think on my next cross-country trip, I will have to take a more northern route, so I can see that part of our country as well.

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