Planting Road Trip Ideas for 2017

In 2016, I was able to chase down several tickling daydreams that ran loose in my mind. Little did I know when the calendar turned over that not only would I see the Blue Whale of Catoosa in Oklahoma but that I would also find myself in awe at the base of Salvation Mountain in California.

The machinations that are at work in our subconscious are mysterious. You think you’re just trying to survive the commute to work but, no – you’re actually planting idea seeds for a road trip to far away places.

I go through periods of time where the same ideas will return to me many times. They’re signaling that they need attention, I guess. These ideas become regulars at the bar in my mind. “Oh, hey, West Quoddy Head Lighthouse. Good to see you still coming around.” That’s one that keeps bugging me. “Hi Pedro. Cerveza? Haven’t been to South of the Border since I was a kid!” That’s another. Two rather different stops, rather far from one another.

If I had to choose just one of those two places to visit this year, I think that the trip to Maine would win out. I don’t have a concrete reason – just a gut feeling. Part of the daydreaming of visiting a place always has the peripheral stuff you see along the way to get there. I see green in my mind when I think of going to Maine and gray on the way to South of the Border. Abstract perceptions that don’t mean anything. Or do they?

With my whims being as mercurial as they are – who knows? Perhaps I’ll see neither of those two places and will see a million others instead. As long as I visit the state of bliss, it’s all good.


This post is part of a month-long writing prompt challenge: Brave, Bold, Blogger Challenge (BBBC) 2017 hosted by Kathy at

Prompt: State You Most Hope to Visit This Year


Rachael is the whimsical writer behind the 20+ year old Girlie Motorcycle Blog. As a freelance blogger, she is on a mission to inspire laughter, self-examination, curiosity, and human connection. Girlie Motorcycle Blog can be found on several Best Motorcycle Blog lists.

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6 Responses

  1. Kathy says:

    You did get around last year, didn’t you? It’s funny, I remember this time last year vaguely thinking I didn’t have much planned, but I actually did quite a lot.

    Can you believe I have never been to South of the Border? That’s actually one of the places I’ve been thinking I need to see. If it doesn’t happen during my solo two-wheeled adventure, maybe I’ll squeeze it in some other way.

  2. Highwaylass says:

    “The state of bliss” is perfect – that’s where our bikes take us! (Though when it’s raining and i’m tired and I’ve ben cut up and the dog is grumpy it doesn’t always feel that way at the time!)

  3. Mike says:

    Love the “state of bliss” – that’s exactly the state I hope to ride to all year long!

  4. Shybiker says:

    It’s healthy to think about places to visit ’cause that stimulates our appetite to actually go out and see them. Vague notions are as good as concrete ones. Sometimes we’re merely drawn in a direction (South in Winter!). As you note, serendipity enhances our journeys. Coincidentally (it being Groundhog Day), my favorite serendipitous travel-moment was a decade ago when I unexpectedly rode into Punxsutawny on the way back from North Dakota.

    This year, I’m looking for destinations I’ve never visited before which have something special to offer. For example, I hear Portland, ME has an abundance of exceptional restaurants so I’ll pop up there this Spring.

  5. Ginamarie says:

    With so many choices, it is hard to remember them all. I have started a Bullet Journal to keep track of them. Wishing for warmer weather to begin those mini journey locally.

  6. Curvyroads says:

    The state of bliss, definitely! But Maine is really nice too!

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