Back around 2003 I had turned down a college scholarship, a writers scholarship and decided I wanted to drive across country. I put all my stuff in storage, jumped in my car with maps printed out from map quest. I charted a trip through as many states as I could from Connecticut all the way to Washington state. I set out on a early Saturday morning driving my old Saab 900S, what a day it was.
I made my way through CT, NY, PA, OH....in Ohio I stopped and had some amazing food but was told the food in Michigan was better near the lakes so I grabbed a real map and headed to Lake Michigan. Once there the scenery was amazing, I never been there before but the lake and views was breathtaking. I honestly thought I was at the ocean as the great lakes is so huge.
I found a nice mom and pop shop to eat at, I ate my food and slept by the lake. The next morning i was greeted by a cop who lectured me about sleeping in my car and being where i wasn't suppose to be after hours. He didnt give me a ticket, but he did treat me to breakfast which I thought was weird, but he followed me to the border and waved me on as I proceeded to continue my inter state travels. Through Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin I had a unnerving sound from my car. So I pulled into a rest stop to see what was up with my car, turns out my shifter linkage broke and I was driving and reclining my car between second and fourth gear....oops. luckily I had the parts to fix the car and was on my way within the hour. Since I was in Wisconsin I had to try their cheese, oh man I love cheese and it did not disappoint.
But I was behind schedule and had to get on my way, cruising through Minesota, North Dakota into Montana. I remember a friend of mine who once told me Montana didnt have a speed limit so once I got into the state I floored it. I was hauling a$$ trying to see how fast my old Saab could go, maybe half way through the state I got pulled over. The cop asked me if I knew how long it took him to catch me and honestly I told him I didn't know because I was going so fast. He said it took him almost 10 minutes to catch up to me, and said I was going 143 when he finally caught me. I asked why he pulled me over when there is no speed limit, he laughed and said there was and its 75MPH. I asked where the speed limit sign was cause I never saw it, he laughed even more and said it was when I first entered the state. Because there was so few signed he gave me a warning ticket...I actually still have this ticket to this day, I would show a picture of it but its packed away in storage. I saved it as proof I got a warning going so fast. After that I chilled at the rest stop grabbing a bite to eat and getting a cat nap.
From there I drove my way into Washington state, I made my way up to Quincy where a friend of mine was staying. I surprised them as I rang there doorbell just after midnight, I went to sleep along with everyone else and in the morning I reveled as I had just drove across country through 10 states and I did it in 3 days...would have been 2 but I went to the great lake so it added more time. All in all I had a lot of time driving and wondering what my life plan was next, or if I wanted to continue driving and make my way to Florida from there. I decided to stay, I was there for about 4 months before I made the same trip back to Connecticut. This time I brought my friend back with me, only it took a week to get back and I ripped the exhaust off my car.