Tuesday, September 22, 2015

WODW: Off The Beaten Path

Write or Die Wednesdays

Linking up with 

This weeks' bi-weekly topic is: 

There is nothing more freeing then a road trip. 
Ya know the kind - where the windows are rolled down. 
Your hair is in a messy bun but stray hair is flying all around.
Those days where you turn the radio up really loud and you just follow the pavement.

I have found some amazing short cuts around town that way.
I have found some of the most beautiful spots that have a clear view of the ocean. 
When my life turned upside down when I was 20 - I moved to Oklahoma to start anew. I took to the road and listened the songs of the interstate. 
{It was my first long stretch and I didn't end up driving the whole way.. but.. }
Then there were the trips back to Texas. 
Those long 8.5 hour drives with nothing but God's country for eye candy. Those were amazing trips. 

When my life took a dip again I took the road & moved to California. 
That was one of the best road trips I've ever taken. I drove my car full of the things I needed - Grizzly as my side kick & a stereo pumping. It took me two full days to drive & it was so methodical. Therapeutic in a kick butt kind of way. Meaning: It's not a clear headed, destressing kind of therapeutic thing but I have used driving as a life changing therapeutic kind of way. 

They have a thousand song {country} that talk about using the wide open road to move on.
These are some of my personal favorites
Dierks Bentley: Settle for a Slowdown
Runaway: Love & Theft
Julie Roberts: Breakdown here
Rascal Flatts: I'm Moving On / Here Comes Goodbye / Life is a Highway
just to list a couple. 
Alabama: Roll On / I'm in a Hurry 

Alright ladies - I'm going to say goodbye for now. Looking forward to the next link up as well. I'm sorry I missed the last two. I actually had them written but just forgot to link them up - oh well. Hope you all have a great week & safe weekend! 


  1. I would love to do this - take a long road trip, listening to music, seeing the country. I definitely think it would be therapeutic, you're so right. I think it would be fun to try it solo and then also do it with a friend. Laughter, music, sunshine. Sounds like bliss. :)

    Thanks so much for sharing and linking up with us, Amy!! xo

    1. It is a lot of fun & you get to see parts of our States in a different way. I love this link up & Hate that I missed two! <3

  2. Maybe one day I'll also take a road trip :) But a short one first...I'm not sure how much I would enjoy it..You have definitely made it sound enticing!

    1. Hi! Yes try a short one first because if you can't handle being confined in a car ... you're not going to enjoy road trips! Also the companion you choose makes or breaks the trip. There is a lot of open road out there & a lot of things to see!
      Let me know how your first road trip goes!

  3. Ah sounds so much fun. Great music choices too!

    1. Thank you. Music is the expression of our soul. <3, Amy

  4. Road trips are the best!! My favorite memories are made there!

    1. Yes! My first road trip was from Texas to Tennessee when I was about 10. I remember all the excitement of stopping an historical places and new restaurants. I thought every state had the exact same stores and shops - so it was eye opening to realize that States and Cities were unique in that area.
      <3, Amy

  5. "I'm Moving On" was actually playing in my head while I read this post, ha! Makes me want to go on a long road trip (:

    1. When I moved from Texas to Oklahoma - That song had just come out. I had that song on repeat. It was the theme song of my year and it plays such an emotional cord to my soul everytime I hear it!
      "I've lived in this place & know all the faces. Each one is different but they're always the same. They mean me no harm but it's time that I face it They'll never allow me to change. But I never dreamed that home would end up where I don't belong.. I'm movin' on."
      Powerful lyrics!

  6. Amy, I so know what you mean! My dad was never too keen on air travel, and he usually chose to road trip when moved from state to state if it was an option (I was an Army brat). I can literally tell you what cassette tapes he played over and over on each road trip. For instance, when we moved from Arizona to Washington state he played the "Invisible Touch" album by Geneis (1986). Whenever I hear a song from that album I can still see the sights in my mind's eye, and even smell what the air smelled like. It's amazing how all the senses are connected.

    Anyway, like you, I relate road trips with big life changes. Nothing is more freeing than having the chutzpah to take yourself wherever you want to go. :)