Roadtrip! How many of you hear that word and shudder? Or do your eyes light up with joy at the thought of heading out on the open road for an adventure? Last week, I took an unexpected trip across the country. I flew one way and drove back in the other direction toward home. Thirty hours of driving! And I became inspired by what I saw—enough to consider having one of my heroines take a roadtrip too.
Will she find her love along the way? Or maybe she’s traveling across the country to win him back? Hmm … haven’t decided. All I know at this point is she discovers areas she’s never known.
Here are a few places I stopped along the way:
BUCCEE’S – This place was monstrous. Huge. I had no idea! We stopped for restrooms, but ended up wandering the aisles looking at gifts and food and sweets. My favorite kind of rest stop! (California, where I live, could learn a lesson or two about clean restrooms. Ahem!)
GRACELAND – Okay, I didn’t have time to go inside, but I stood on my tippy toes outside of a tall stone wall and took a few pictures. I hated to pass by without at least seeing Elvis’ much-loved home!
FALL – If you live up north (in the US), your leaves have likely fallen, leaving you with tell-tale signs of winter. Because the weather is only beginning to turn in the South, though, I saw lots of color!
BLESSED – So many clerks called me darlin’ and told me to have a blessed day. Thankfully, no one said “Bless Your Heart,” which I’ve heard is a good thing. LOL
As the resident writer of beach books here, you probably know that most of my novels take place on the West Coast. But I took many notes along the way and realized that the possibilities for my heroine to take a roadtrip adventure are endless!
Are you from the South? What places would you recommend my heroine see if she were to take a trip across the country? Help me do research and drop your ideas in the comments, okay?
P.S. Speaking of things to do on a road trip, are you an AUDIOBOOK LOVER? If so, I wanted to let you know that my three cozy Christmas novellas (romance & mystery in one) are available in audio exclusively on GOOGLE PLAY. So if you’d like to have a listen to some romantic mysteries for a low price, here’s the link to find The Christmas Thief and the rest of the series: Google Play – The Christmas Thief Audiobook