A trip to.....Somewhere or Nowhere!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

This post is submitted to clear trip "my purpose" contest,"Tell us about an interesting trip you took and it's purpose!" Vote for me :)

No, i don't want to take you on a tour, neither do i want to be your tour guide. Mine is not a travelogue, so i definitely won't be writing every second of the day 1 to day 6 of my trip. I would rather like to focus on "the purpose". A million trips to same place are different for millions of "different us". Yes, may it be India's splendid Taj Mahal or New York's rocking Time Square, our unique perceptions create different versions of the same place. So every trip in my opinion is unique to YOU and thus, the place hardly matters.

You are bored with your routine chores, make a trip to "somewhere".
You are exhausted from work, take a break to "somewhere".
You want to find your Self, go "somewhere".
You want to wander a little, where? "somewhere" :)

This going "somewhere" always has a reason, a purpose. We had one too. Me and my husband Mandar planned a road trip in the spring of 2008.

The constant existance and support of technology, flights to fly you around the world, laptops where ever you go, GPS if you are traveling in cars, iphones to give you traffic updates, is somehow making us too dependent. So-very-handicap, that we don't want to memorize roads anymore, we don't want to look at the directions, we might possibly get lost looking at the maps, we won't be surprised to look at the jammed traffics because we know it all in advance with the help of a million gadgets surrounding us. They won't let you think beyond the extra-comfort and the instant-assistance.

So, we decided to leave it all at home, plan nothing, allow ourselves to bungle a little and try our luck at the most exciting road trip to..............where? Well, we didn't know yet. The purpose of the trip was to make it to somewhere without the technological armaments :) Instead we grabbed an Alabama state road map and..............we left :)

Coming to a traffic signal from where we were suppose to turn left for highway X and go straight for highway Y, but of course we didn't know which one to follow. So we left it up to the traffic signal. First come, first serve :) and thus we turned left because it was the first one to turn green. Progressing through the journey to nowhere, the map came handy and we spotted an excitingly beautiful destination, The Talladega National Forests of Alabama USA. It was a few exits away from where we were on highway X and we stamped it, Talladega it is! The air felt romantic. Enjoying the company of the greenest nature, windows open, music aloud, and lovely spring weather, we drove, drove and drove without any specific destination to go to.

Few hours later.................we were LOST! Majorly! The map was 2 years old, we figured it out when we were surrounded by huge trees, extreme silence and boggling shade of the approaching evening. The roads were new which misled us somewhere deep into the forest and we didn't know where we were and how to get out of there. Suddenly the air felt scary, the breeze was too cold and the greenest forest seemed to be staring at both of us. No network on the phone and rest everything was at home. So, us, map, car and a non working phone in Talladega!

Lost in the map, still trying to figure out what exactly to do, after 2 and half hours of wait, i saw two lights blinking far away, slowly coming towards us and what do we see! Ah! A Cop's car, he stopped by, and asked "Can i help you guys?" OMG! a big big sigh! "Yes sir, you sure can :) We are lost and blah blah blah". This was the first time when an American cop escorted us to the nearest town instead of handing a traffic ticket :PP

We found a hotel to crash in and talk a little more about the day we had spent with heaps of mixed emotions. Roamed around the town, saw some countryside, clicked a few pictures, made some new memories and returned to Birmingham 2 days later. One heck of a trip through which we experienced freedom, endurance, adventure, thrill and a dynamic energy that surrounds us in the name of Nature. Plus, a satisfaction on the completion of an independent, non-technology-assisted trip full of spirit :)

That was Talladega for us in our unique way. We rocked it and you?
Give it a try some day to somewhere or nowhere :)


Image Courtesy: Google Images, of course!

13 comments:

Agnes said...

I followed the 'vote for me' link but couldn't figure it out... how do you vote??

Shalmalee.... said...

Thank you Agnes. One has to sign up on Indiblogger, the blogging community. (i didn't know that before :()

dubugu said...

Like your idea of non-technical assisted trip, and the line abt the pics..Could have explained a bit more abt the 2.5 hrs wait though !! Good read anyways

Pinky said...

I completely agree with you. That is the reason that even my post does not contain the days and the time and the buses and my tale! Rather focused upon my innate feeling and my purpose.

And what should I say about your writing... its amazing. I enjoyed your experience.

Punit Dubey said...

i seriously like the Purpose of your trip to Nowhere or Somewhere! Like Winnie the Pooh once said...He loves doing "Nothing", to Robin....I too love riding aimlessley...to somewher...nowhere :)

Kattykally said...

:)

Mohan said...

Some of the unplanned trips make the memorable moments of our life. Good idea for sure :)

Arti said...

A nice write up... Its good to be lost sometimes...
You had a great little adventure.

Anuradha Khanna Pentapalli said...

sound like quite an adventurous trip... thank god for the 'surprise' cop visit!

rrajiv said...

A trip to Somewhere or nowhere... sounds nice... Must be a hell of a day... driving all around without any gadgets to support... but again that's the fun of the trip...
nice post... it would have been nice if you had posted some of your own pictures from the trip instead of using Google images...
Still thoroughly enjoyed it :)

aakash said...

Must have been fun! :)
Nice read...

thoughtfulrandomness said...

Unusual yet interesting.. Impromptu trips always surprise us don't they?

pagesfromserendipity said...

There's definitely a thrill in the unplanned trips. Good one!