Last Minute Road Trip

Let’s see the world! Today I’m going to talk about the pretty awesome and spontaneous road trip I took with a group of friends during Spring Break in my junior year of college.

That year we didn’t have anything planned for Spring break. I usually just chill out Spring Break and go visit the family since I go to school out of state. One day, I found out that my favorite band was coming to the city. I was going to school in Chicago so I got pretty excited when I read that Pierce the Veil was going to be in town. But to my dismay, the tickets were sold out. They sold out super fast! That’s what happens when you’re in such a big city. With my hopes dwindling, I decided to see where the next closest concert would be. It said in Cincinnati, Ohio on a Thursday during Spring Break. My attitude flipped! I ran and told my buddies we have to go!! So my two closest friends were definitely down. They didn’t have anything planned either so a small trip like this would be awesome. It was only a 5-hour drive! We decided to get an extra ticket to see if anyone else was down to go.

Check out Bulls of the Bronx! PTV sounds amazing live!

It took us a while to find someone who would be able to go. Either someone was going out of town for Spring Break or they were working. Luckily my other friend was down after all. So now it’s 4 of us packed in a Chevy Malibu ready to take on the road. Luckily for me, since I was the tallest, I got to sit co-pilot. I was in charge of making sure we didn’t get lost. Haha. We left early Thursday to make sure we got to the concert on time.

 

  • First stop: Cincinnati, Ohio

We got to Cincinnati around 5pm. There was enough time to check into our hotel and grab something to eat. During the drive, we were contemplating making the trip longer. We talked about making it to Washington D.C. but didn’t make any definite decision. We decided to just wait out the night and play it by ear. The venue was near the University of Cincinnati so we got to eat at this awesome Barbecue spot nearby. Finally the time had come for my favorite band to play and they didn’t disappoint. The concert was everything and more!! Peirce the Veil always puts on an amazing show!!! It wasn’t the first time I had seen them in concert and it definitely won’t be the last. We went to the hotel to unwind and relax for a bit. We went out to eat later and that’s were we decided to make the best out of our road trip. We kept going!!

 

  • Next stop: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Remember that the only thing planned was the concert. We set up where we were going and booked our hotel all in the car ride. Everything was last minute and couldn’t have panned out any better. We got to Pittsburgh with no time to spare. The entrance through the city had this crazy long tunnel through mountains and when we entered you could see all of Pittsburgh. We decided that an arena football game would be our first stop. I’d never been to one so it was a great first experience. We got to watch the Pittsburgh Power put up one heck of a game that night. So after that we knew sightseeing was a must. The roads were crazy so we kept getting lost. Luckily we found this great little spot to eat and drink. It was near this road that oversaw the whole city. The view was breathtaking, but it wasn’t over. Next stop, Washington D.C. I’d never been to D.C. so I was beyond exciting.

 

  • On Our Way: Washington D.C.

This was by far the best part of the trip. We got to take pictures in front of the White House and walk around the amazing monuments that D.C. has to offer. The Lincoln Memorial was problem my favorite monument. Reminded me of Planet of the Apes. Haha. The most outstanding moment was walking into the National Archives Museum. It was unbelievable seeing the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. To see it in person, after knowing the history and seeing it on television, was somewhat surreal. It really took my breath away. They didn’t allow cameras in the museum because the documents were so old and frail that the flash from a camera could cause the documents to deteriorate even faster. Which made it even more amazing since you could only take a memory of the experience with you. It was a you-had-to-be-there moment.

 

  • Finally: The Ocean

I had never been to the ocean. Since the coast was only 2 hours away, we drove to Delaware to see the coast. We got there 20 minutes before the sun would set. The ocean is terrifyingly awesome to me and it was quite the site to see. We ended our trip eating at a local fish restaurant. The drive back wasn’t so bad and it was definitely a trip for the records books.

 

Everything happened so perfectly. We didn’t run into any problems, which made the trip even better. Whenever you have the smallest inclination to take a trip, do it. You never know how amazing it could be…

Matt

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