To drift or not to drift?

An adventurous thrust into the sticky butterscotch pudding of banality...

Hard Knock Life  ~ Xalapa, Mexico © 2013 Skip Hunt

Hard Knock Life ~ Xalapa, Mexico © 2013 Skip Hunt

Wondering if just taking off for 3 days would be cool. The weather is kinda unpleasant for a motorcycle trip, but I do have a car that I need to run some gas through. And I don't have to do much to pack other than grab a shower kit, change of clothes, and my camera stuff. 

Had thought about just going to the coast and getting a cheap room, but it's supposed to be cold and rainy for the next few days. Then I thought maybe I could just take off driving with no destination at all... just keep going and changing directions... not even heading toward any particular place at all... sleeping in my car. 

Thought about heading straight North, checking out the last residence of William Burroughs in Lawrence, Kansas and stopping for a night or two in Missouri with someone who recently offered free room & board. Only problem is that there's this winter storm warning with icy roads, snow, etc. Might just wait and do that one on the motorcycle with a little better weather. 

Everyone will be traveling this week also for Thanksgiving, so there's that to consider... but if I'm not in a hurry and don't have a destination or schedule... what does it matter?

Just letting my mind wander and will likely just stay put. But it's fun to consider the act of just moving, thinking, meandering through the ether for a couple days or so. I could even head out in the morning and get back by Wednesday evening... in time for Thanksgiving. 

I wonder if there are particular truck stops to look for in case I want to indulge my guilty pleasure of bathing daily? Don't mind grabbing a cheap hotel room if one's available, but also don't mind just stretching out in my car to catch a few z's. Wonder what the laws are about that? Bet you can't just pull over and sleep anywhere these days. And you might find yourself meeting a steel pipe to the head in the middle of the night if you're not careful. Aha! And element of danger too! 

This aimless wandering in a car that also can provide shelter in a pinch, with no plan or destination at all... is starting to sound like something I might want to experiment with.

not having any destination at all. Just moving, thinking, sleeping, thinking some more, writing something down, taking a few snaps, and then getting back home in time for Thanksgiving. Might even drive a giant circle around Austin. 

I figure if I don't go any more North than Austin, I'll avoid ice and such. That leaves East, West, South... still lots of options. Could take my sleeping bag just in case it gets colder than I plan, but if cheap motel rooms present themselves, they'd certainly add their own charm to the trip. If I go, will call it simply... "Drifting" 

Mostly curious if the act of movement alone... away from the familiar without a destination at all, or even particularly interesting landscape... will fire up and the same creative synapses as a regular, more scenic journey with a set destination as the goal and payoff  usually does.

If I do get a wild hair, will pull out this morning I think. Will keep a running instagram feed or maybe some blog posts... will try to at least resist or limit posting every banal thought or pics of my food... and definitely no selfies. "Machete don't take selfies."