Imagine all those movies that you’ve seen that have road trips – not the gross-out comedy type, the meaningful driving-as-self-discovery montage type. Got it?
An essential Hollywood road trip montage must have:
- Driver and passenger singing along to classic rock
- Someone with their arm out the window catching the air currents with their hand
- The long, straight road stretched out ahead as the sunlight plays on the buttes and mesas of the passing landscape
- Ridiculously attractive people gazing pensively out the window, probably filmed from an angle that allows us to see them in the wing mirror
- All set to a soundtrack of thoughtful, romantic, just slightly edgy music.
So far, our trip has involved a lot of driving, and while all of the above mentioned things have happened, we also discovered that Hollywood leaves a lot out of the montage as well (who would’ve thought!)
An essential Will and Jacq road trip montage would include:
- Being stuck in serious traffic all the way from Los Angeles to Los Vegas (which we didn’t go to but had to pass to get to our first night’s stop)
- Being caught up in a road closure – this involves sitting on a road that you want to be on for about two hours while tow trucks take 6 trucks that have managed to come a cropper off the road, and then being directed onto a road that goes in exactly the wrong direction anyway because the road is still closed
- Driving very carefully around bends on a snowy mountain road with a drop off about a metre away that is obscured by mist
- Discovering that driving anywhere always takes longer than it says on Google Maps.
|Dolan Springs cabin|
|Our typical view of the I-40|