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and we’re off // a cross-country road trip

Cross country road trip // Bubbly Design Co.

Today is the big day. The house is sold. The stuff is packed. The “see you later”‘s have all been said. And so, the three of us { me, T-man, and our Boston Terrier, Petey Mac } are heading east.

As I write this, 99% of our belongings are on a moving truck that will arrive in New York City in 12-21 days. The remaining things, some clothes to hold us over, our photo albums, a guitar { or two! }, and a few other invaluable possessions are all stuffed into our little sedan that will hopefully carry us safely across eight states in the next three days.

Eight states in three days. You heard me.

That’s a lot of hours of driving so we’re planning to squeeze in a couple of fun activities along the way. Fingers crossed these will keep us sane and motivated to keep driving and get to the next destination.

Driving cross country from Colorado To New York City

After researching the best routes for cross-country drives, we decided to take the northern route, primarily along Route 80. You can also take a more southern route along I-70 that takes you through Kansas City and St. Louis and I’ve heard some nice things about visiting both of those cities. Besides hours upon hours of driving, here are the fun stopovers we’ve planned:

Day One: 10 hours of driving
Stopping in Des Moines, Iowa. Although not typically a destination I’d be interested in, I’m a closet member of Bachelor Nation #forlife and decided–since it’s conveniently on our route–that we should stop and go out to dinner at the restaurant where Chris & Whitney had a date. Bonus: we’ll also get to see the mural that was painted of the two of them.

Please tell me I’m not alone in being giddy about this stopover!?

Day Two: 4.5 hours + lunch visit + 4 hours driving
With a couple of friends that live in Chicago, we finagled a way to stop there for a lunch date. After that, we’ll continue driving to Toledo, OH, which I can’t say holds the same level of excitement for me as Des Moines does.

Day Three: 5.5 hours + baby visit + 3.5 hours driving
As luck would have it, a close friend of ours also lives in State College, PA another exciting town to stop in and visit when driving along route 80. We haven’t had a chance to visit since their son was born a year ago (!!) so it’s the perfect chance to meet the little munchkin. I can’t imagine how we’ll pull ourselves away to complete the last 3.5 hours of the journey though…

Join me on instagram over the next few days–it should be a fun game of “Where in the World is Jess?” And check back here after our road trip is complete for a recap of how well we survived { and whether Des Moines was as much fun as I’m expecting! #nerd }.


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  • Reply
    April 30, 2015 at 7:37 am

    Oh my gosh, we’re about to do the same thing! Moving truck picks all of our stuff up in two weeks and then we drive to our new home. Eek! Good luck with your move/unpacking!
    xx Lexi @glitterinclexi | Glitter, Inc.

    • Reply
      Jessica Alayne
      April 30, 2015 at 8:52 am

      Thanks, Lexi! Such an exhausting–but totally exciting process. Safe travels to you and can’t wait to read more about your adventures, as well.

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