You know you learn a few things about yourself and others driving along. For the most part it was excellent and this was my third time doing it and I would suggest at least once for all. This was my first time on a southern route. Putting Southern California in the rear view mirror was sad and exhilarating at the same time. The deserts were unrelentingly hot and unforgiving. I burned up a perfectly good battery that was 100% covered by warranty through AAA. AAA Card is the way to go with plenty of water and communication capability is a must. These were transcontinental highways and almost everyone knew what they were doing. But in deference you didn't see many license plates from all over the states they tended to stay regional, a sign of the times. Drivers had highway courtesy everywhere. People signaled, gave way, waved thanks, planned passes, convoyed and gave truckers a wide berth and did everything not to slow them down. I was impressed. Everywhere I stopped people were friendly, courteous and mostly smiling. Everywhere. Well except for one person in Mississippi but there's always one right? People were warm and friendly, no signs of anything else. The most frequent thing I saw were "Help Wanted" signs. The best ones were in Mississippi where they used the portable traffic warning trailers. It was awesome. Those yellow trailers by the roadside that give you traffic instructions were giving job application instructions for the local government and others. Totally cool. Signs were in the front of almost every business I encountered. Weather can change at any time. Before you leave plan on getting stranded. That way you have water, food, jacket , hat umbrella and sun screen with you. Planning is good. Reflection. At times I talked to myself when I turned off the music. It was time to reflect on things I've done and things I want to do. Apologize to myself and others for my shortcomings. Talk to Mom and Dad and let them know I still thank them for loving us even when I should have got a kick in the pants. I listened to hours of music guessing the chords in my mind and how to play them. I chuckled at my own horrible singing. I learned you can't find a Rock station in west Texas.....lol...why would you want to? So I Cowboyed for a few. I found out that the route I traveled was beautiful and clean. Someone had to keep it that way. I found out rain was just as wonderful as I remembered it to be and Mother Nature was still in charge. I realized thunder was not God bowling (like my parents told us when we were kids!) Solitude is good. Cleansing is good. A new adventure is better. Yield signs can be confusing at times, different locations and different approach in different states. California cuisine to southwestern food to Texas BBQ to Cajun food to southern BBQ to fried everything is interesting. People look at you smile and think "tourist." lol I'll take the other road, no grits. There is so much more but these are just a few of my thoughts and experiences. I'm now in the Atlanta area and I've started the ball rolling looking for a home from Charleston to Chattanooga. I'm missing the ocean already. Didn't think I would. It's 90 degrees, humidity is 49% and I'm loving it. I know that won't last but it's a sign. Do yourselves a favor and take a trip across the country. It's beautiful out there. Thanks for reading.