On our way home
Our journey is over. We’ve been on the road for more than six weeks. We’ve visited 26 states, slept in 33 different beds, driven four different cars, written 30 blog posts (from the road, including this one), taken more than 15.000 pictures(!) - and today we get on the plane back home to Norway (on the 17th of May, the Norwegian Independence Day - what a great day to spend on a plane!).
It’s been a fantastic adventure! We’ve seen cities and countrysides, forests and deserts, mountains and beaches, famous landmarks and unknown beauty, pieces of the stereotypical, tourist trap USA as well as places few Norwegians (heck, even Americans) have visited before, we’ve seen a bunch of hotel rooms that looked exactly the same (and a few that didn’t look like any room we’ve seen before), we’ve seen the luxury of Beverly Hills and the tragedy of the ghettos. We’ve seen the sun almost every day (we can’t complain about three and a half days of rain in six weeks!), we’ve seen some beautiful sunsets, we’ve seen how the forest fires can smog up the blue skies miles and miles away, we’ve been on the edge of a pre-season hurricane without even noticing, we’ve seen terrible weather forecasts for every other part of the USA but the one we’ve been in at the time. We have experienced more than we’ll ever be able to sum up in this blog.
We’ve enjoyed the ride, but now we both look forward to getting home. Selma can’t wait to get back to her girlfriend, and Louis can’t wait to get away from the “Oooh, I miss Cathrine” talk. And it will be good for the both of us to get back home to our friends and families, jobs and regular lives.
We did, of course, travel further than to Memphis. But we’ve been lagging behind on the blogging, and in addition to having a hectic schedule, it’s been hard to find the extra energy to sit down and recapture events taking place a week ago.
But - we know that a lot of people are reading this blog - some people we know well, some we’ve met along the road - and some that we haven’t met (yet?!). And we actually get quite a few hits from people searching for travel information about the places we’ve visited. (And you’re all welcome to write a short little “I’m reading!” to the comments below, so we can see just who’s behind those numbers in the statistics..)
And this blog will be a great way for us to remember what we did, saw and experienced on our trip (and believe me - the memories fade fast when you keep adding to the vault every day!). So - Selma will post reports and upload pictures from the last remaining days (New Orleans, the Florida panhandle, Key West and New York - and some stops along the way) as we get home (but be patient - there’s some snuggling to catch up on first!). And Louis has promised to translate it all into Norwegian.
So - we’ll be back with more. Eventually.