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Coast to Coast: The Great American Road Trip

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Every new place we go to, every new experience, expands our perspective.

This is why traveling may be the single best catalyst for personal growth (especially traveling alone).

In the spirit of travel, I just completed the classic American road trip. I drove from the East Coast (starting in New Jersey) to the West Coast (Portland, Oregon) over the course of 12 days.

Road trips are a perfect metaphor for life in general; you have to know where you’re headed, yet surrender to the journey. Happiness is a way of travel, not a destination. Wisdom is an endless direction, not a place you ever arrive at. Can you see the theme here? The magic lies within the journey itself. The journey is never-ending anyway, as perceived destinations are really just checkpoints along the continuous journey.

My road trip was amazing and eye-opening on many levels. I stayed with some friends and family along the way, and used AirBnb for the rest (along with a last minute hotel stay). I’m truly grateful for everyone who hosted me along my journey. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Here were my major stops (shown as blue circles on the map below):

  • Aberdeen, New Jersey (starting point)
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • St Louis, Missouri
  • Topeka, Kansas
  • Denver, Colorado
  • Grand Junction, Colorado
  • Park City, Utah
  • Boise, Idaho
  • Portland, Oregon (end aka checkpoint along a larger journey)

Us road trip map

Throughout my road trip across the United States, I recorded a few videos. They document my thoughts, feelings, reflections and experiences as I was traveling. And it’s not just about me. A lot of what I discuss are things that can be directly applied to your life. So instead of writing a long, drawn-out article about everything, I thought it would be better to just let my recordings speak for themselves…

Road Trip Vlog Series

Road Trip Vlog Part One

Road Trip Vlog Part Two

Road Trip Vlog Part Three

Road Trip Vlog Part Four

Road Trip Visuals Via Instagram (@steviepthatsme)

My road trip across #murica starts now

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#pittsburgh #roadtrippin

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Gateway to the West

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I love books #kansascity #library #archeticture #regalasfuck

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Where I did my HIIT workout today #redrocks

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Gorgeous

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Be-Utah-ful ๐Ÿ˜‰

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So unique #saltflats #utah

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Dope street art #freakalley #boise

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Last leg of my #greatamericanroadtrip

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Oregon coast ๐ŸŒŠ๐ŸŒฒ

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Stevie P

  • MikesRoadTrip

    Good for you! Love the line in one of your videos “You don’t have to see the entire staircase to take the first step.” Keep on road trippin’