Pugs Gear loves winter and summer equally, but as spring approaches and sunglass season kicks into high gear we feel especially giddy. There’s nothing like putting on your sunglasses, rolling down your windows and hitting the open road. The allure of the open road, turning down a winding highway with the windows down with no place to go, but everything to see, that’s what Pugs Gear is all about. Of course, the world doesn’t stop because spring is in the air. People still have to work and go about their days. But, since you only live once, here are 9 reasons to take some time for yourself and family and hit the highway…
“Sal, we gotta go and never stop going 'till we get there.'
'Where we going, man?'
'I don't know but we gotta go.” –Excerpt from “On the Road”
Adventure Is Right Around the Corner
No matter where you are you’re not far from adventure. If you’re lucky enough to live in a place like Colorado, for example, you can’t turn around without a great road trip opportunity in front of you. Whether you head north, south, east or west something great is just down the road.
From right in the middle of the state there are rugged mountains to the west, vast plains to the east, Ft. Collins to the North and Colorado Springs to the south, you really can’t go in the wrong direction.
There’s traction on the road in the summer
You can’t appreciate traction until you don’t have it. When you drive with solid footing on a warm day, think about those winter drives when you’re slipping and sliding all over the place. If that’s not incentive to take advantage of the warm months, I don’t know what is.
The world’s largest fork
There are road side attractions and there are ROAD SIDE ATTRACTIONS. In Creede, Colorado you can see the world’s largest fork for public display. At 40 feet long it’s quite a sight. It’s perfect for a large plate of spaghetti and meatballs. If Creede is a little far, every state has a largest something you can check out!
The unknown is nothing to be afraid of. It can be scary, but it’s exciting and alluring. The open road has many unknowns; where will you go, how long will it take, will there be traffic, how will the weather be? What will the lodging be like? Should you have brought a tent? Do you have enough gas to make it to the next gas station? When you hit the open road does any of it really matter? To quote the great Captain Ron, “If anything’s gonna happen, it’s gonna happen out there”
“Nothing behind me, everything ahead of me, as is ever so on the road.” - Jack Kerouac, “On the Road”
Nothing portrays freedom like the open road. With no real plans and no set location you head out to see what’s there. No bosses telling you what to do, no appointments to keep, no reason to care even what time it is, that’s the freedom of a road trip.
No matter which way you go you’re bound to find something that’s not in any guide book. Whether it’s an out of the way antique shop or an ice cream parlor known only to locals, small towns and big cities alike are full of them.
Mountain and Ocean Views
While you can take a fantastic road trip anywhere, how many of you don’t live near either mountains or the ocean? Most people live reasonably close enough to either one of them to head toward whichever one sounds the most alluring and soak in the clean mountain air or a cool ocean breeze.
Have you ever seen an elk or a ram in the wild? You don’t have to be a hard core outdoorsman to experience the thrills of nature. Often wildlife is standing on the shoulder of a highway for all to see. Be careful though, don’t get out of the car, they are after all wild animals.
Routines are great and all, but sometimes you just need something different. As much fun as it is to wake up, eat breakfast, go to work, go home, eat dinner, watch TV then go to bed, then do it again the next day and the next day, sometimes it’s fun to not do that. You don’t have to have been “Born to be Wild” to head out on the highway and look for adventure you just have to know that there’s something different out there and want to experience it.
Next time you’re sitting in traffic on your way to work, look past the city and toward that great big land out there and think of Jack Kerouac and his creations and the romance and allure of the open road. Turn toward freedom and don’t look back.
As you begin your travels slip your Pugs sunglasses on and roll down your windows. You’re about to set forth on an exciting adventure, make sure you look like it!