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I’m scared, I finally want to leave and explore. I’ve not lived out my car outside of Iowa before. I have this sudden urge to just leave Iowa, but I don’t know where. I’m 38, so I’ll be getting a job wherever I go.

I really need a mentor, someone older to give me some solid advice and opinions. I have no friends in Iowa, I tell no one how I live here.

I must say, I’m also excited about the future.


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Instead of choosing a destination, follow a general route and discover what is interesting to you.

Suggestion for this time of year:

Drive south to Wichita, KS. Then take Route 54/56 out west to Dodge City and Tucumcari. Follow two lane roads to Alamogordo, then Silver City. Then slowly move up the west side of the Rocky Mountains toward Colorado and Utah, visiting cities and interesting destination along the way. You will probably fall in love with many different towns along the way.

Personally, I avoid large cities but they do have some amenities. I think the key is to move slower and explore once you cross the plains and get into New Mexico. Two lane roads far from any interstate are the most interesting areas (just my opinion). When I drive this route, I load up the locations of Walmarts on my mapping system and plan to drive from one to another each day, until I get to National Forest areas, where I go to freecampsites.net to find boondock locations.

If you are able to overnight at truck stops, Walmarts and parking lots, you can do this easlly in a car. You can also find boondock sites to tent camp in. A lot of small towns have parks and libraries that make for a pleasant rest stop during the day.
then get the heck out of Iowa....cause LIFE is out there, might take a bit but being younger and great people along the way and the most wonderful towns to live, YES YES there IS more out there-------------and the adventure of a life time begins : ) wishing you only but the best
Some other thoughts:

Walk a mile or more in nature every day.

Its OK to zigzag and backtrack on your general route. You may never pass this way again, so leave no interesting destination unvisited. When in an interesting area, slow down and don't move on until you feel you have seen as much as you want.

Try taking smaller roads across mountain ranges.

Do some reasearch on your interests, and choose a few highlight destinations along the way. These might be hot springs, day hikes, archeological sites, geologic features, historic places, museums, national parks, scenic views, tourist attractions, whatever you are interested in. As you travel, you may discover new interests which are out there. Research and visit them while you are in the area.

Ask local people about interesting things to visit in their area.

Amazing things happen when you talk to people.
I find cities easier to blend into (park/live) and find work. The job I have now allows me plenty of time to myself and use of their power and facilities. Good luck finding that in rural areas. Ya' gotta' pay the bills somehow...
(03-07-2021, 01:25 PM)skyl4rk Wrote: [ -> ]Some other thoughts:

Walk a mile or more in nature every day.

Its OK to zigzag and backtrack on your general route. You may never pass this way again, so leave no interesting destination unvisited. When in an interesting area, slow down and don't move on until you feel you have seen as much as you want.

Try taking smaller roads across mountain ranges.


I’m currently driving southwest. I put quartzite Arizona into the gps with no highways. No idea where I will go. In Nebraska now. Thank you for your support!


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personally, i'd zip across Nebraska to Sedgwick, Colorado first and then take 25 down via Raton Pass.
good luck and have fun!
jim
I felt the same way when I let MA in the summer of '85... I was 18..

Nebraska is beautiful-- drove across it in a '68 VW camper bus heading to Cali...

trust your instincts-- meet people-- be approachable and ask questions and advice....

Learn about the life.. and it will teach you....

Be comfortable in your own skin! Wink
Good luck to you, and may you have a great new life.
I think the trick is not to be in a hurray to go anywhere, if you can. I have found it to be more fun exploring the little things that so many other people miss. Last year we were on a short trip to the Homestead National Historical Site in Nebraska, when we stopped at a rest stop. While I was waiting for my wife, I read a historical marker that talked about an Indian princess who was buried near there. We went to visit the graveyard and it was very interesting. I could not tell you how many times I had driven that section of the interstate and never realized it was there. Had we been in a hurray, we would have driven by it again.
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