This article is something of a departure from my usual travel marketing and PR-focused blog posts. But it’s still about travel. Not aboard small expedition ships or riverboats, but rather about a 2,000-mile drive I made last week from Texas to Rhode Island.
I’ve assembled some random observations about what I saw and experienced during the six-day drive that took me through 13 states. I’m not a travel blogger, but I hope you enjoy my comments. Feel free to add your own.
The occasion for the trip was returning my wife Anne’s bright red Audi A3 from the apartment in Dallas to our home in Providence. I had time in my schedule—she didn’t—and wanted to see how her peppy little six-speed stick would navigate the back roads of Tennessee, the Smoky Mountains and the southern portion of the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina. I’ve covered the distance several times before, but always through Oklahoma, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and central Pennsylvania.
The southern route was decidedly more scenic, particularly once off the interstate system and into the hills. Excuse me if I temper my enthusiasm about how the car handled, as Anne will be reading this post and I wouldn’t want her to think that I in any way put the A3 through its paces. I’ll just say the car and its German engineering really allowed me to engage with the destination, if you catch my drift—certainly not four-wheel drift, mind you—and still average about 35 mpg.Read More