4500 Miles, 70+ Hours And Going Big: The BIT Road Trip Roundup

I’m back! After more than 4,500 miles and 70+ hours in the car in less than 14 days, I’m back in Indianapolis. Here’s what the final itinerary looked like:

Indianapolis –> Chicago –> Dallas –> Austin –> San Antonio –> South Padre Island –> San Antonio –> Austin –> Dino World –> Dallas –> South Bend –> Indianapolis –> Woodstock, Canada –> Indianapolis

While it was a little colder throughout the trip than we had hoped, it turns out cold [like most things] is a relative thing. While South Padre didn’t get above 65 degrees the entire time we were down there, we did narrowly avoid the 24 inches of snow that fell the day we left Indiana [and the 12 inches that came the day after]. In that context, I’ll take the 65 degrees any day.

Just compare the two contrasting views:

Chicago vs. South Padre

Chicago vs. South Padre

We got to visit almost everywhere we wanted to go. Almost. Unfortunately, we arrived at Dino World at night just after it had closed, so while I have a few dark pictures of the outside of the place, I am seriously lacking in photographic evidence of our presence there…bummer.

Also, throughout the trip, I got to meet up with several blogging friends including Jenny, David, AlishaDavid, Chase and a lot more friends that don’t always hang out in the blogosphere. It was good to see everyone and I really enjoyed the trip, but I have to say that I’m excited to get out of the car for a bit and start using these legs of mine as I’m starting my marathon training.


Video Postcards

For those of you that asked for video postcards, I was able to shoot almost all of them. All said, I shot about 15 different postcards throughout the trip. If you asked for one, you can find it at the link below.

>> Video Postcards – BIT South Padre Road Trip

There were a few postcards that I wasn’t quite able to capture so Niels, Larsen, Kat, Dane & Matt – I owe you. Shoot me an email and I’ll make it up to you.

I really enjoyed shooting these postcards, so if you enjoyed them, let me know and I’ll see if I can’t do some more on the upcoming trips.


Going Big

There’s one thing I learned from this trip: If you’re going to do something, see if you can do it big. And if you have a few smaller things you’re interested in doing, see if there isn’t a way to combine them into something big.

Driving to Texas isn’t necessarily the most interesting thing in the world, and driving to Canada in January isn’t that crazy either. But when you combine them and drive all the way through Texas to Mexico, then turn around and drive all the way up to Canada and then back home, something changes. It suddenly becomes a lot more interesting to do and a lot more interesting to talk about because it becomes an adventure instead of just something else you’re doing for a week. It adds a new element to your story and gives it another purpose, instead of just being random events that happened.

Speaking of skydiving, if you’re still interested in jumping out a plane with me, you can still sign up for more information here [no commitment required] –> WDS Skydive Signup Form. And yes…it’s going to be big :).

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  1. says

    Definitely looking to seeing more pictures from your trip. Sounds like you had a great time.

    My trip starts on March 4th, 3400+ miles one way across the US. Going to be EPIC. Mardis Gras, southern food, Tombstone. Goin’ Big.

    The video postcards are an awesome way of connecting with your readers, but also a good way to keep all of us up on what you were doing on your trip. Great idea.

    Keep killin it.

    • says

      Hey Tammy – they’re coming well. Finishing up some writing stuff this weekend for the monthly deadline. I signed up for my first marathon (May 15th) ah! Time to get training :)

  2. says

    Ahhh…so sorry I didn’t get a video postcard. Oh well, the next time you hit the road. I look forward to possibly meeting you at the WDS in June! You will be traveling in my neck of the woods.


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