Adios. Adieu. Goodbye.

And arrivederci, just in case.

That’s right. My time at RightTurn is coming to an end. I’m moving to California. I’ll be running amongst the redwoods, surfing in Big Sur, and touring the taco truck circuit.

My time at RightTurn has been quite the experience. It’s been fun. It’s been challenging. It’s been educational.

I can’t emphasize that last one enough. I’ve learned a lot about tires and a lot about cars in general, too. That’s in large part thanks to the research I’ve done while writing for The Right Lane. I want to share a few last bits of information I’ve learned, but first I want to point out how my tenure as a blogger here is coming full circle.

One of the very first articles I wrote for The Right Lane was about road trips. And that’s what I’m getting ready to do, road trip to the next stage in my life. (I’m hitting 4 of the 10 destinations in that article.) Having learned so much, I want to tell you what I’ve done to prepare for the journey so you can benefit before your next road trip. Here’s the checklist:

  • Oil change
  • Tire rotation
  • Measure tire tread depth (7/32”, so I’m good)
  • Fill tires to recommended air pressure
  • Program phone GPS (so I’m not fiddling with it on the road)
  • Buy road atlas
  • Check contents of roadside emergency kit
  • Check contents of first aid kit
  • Check spare tire and jack
  • Wash and detail car
  • Road trip tunes to cover 1000s of miles (everything from Neil Young, The Allman Brothers Band, and CCR to The Roots and Gorillaz)
  • Snacks
  • Sun screen for stops at a few National Parks
  • Travel mug to prevent coffee cup accumulation
  • Sketchbook
  • Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman (I am driving across America, after all.)

Now that I know my car is ready to go, I’ll be able to really enjoy the trip. It’s going to be a good one.

Thanks for reading, and I leave you with this:

“What is that feeling when you’re driving away from people and they recede on the plain till you see their specks dispersing? – it’s the too-huge world vaulting us, and it’s good-bye. But we lean forward to the next crazy venture beneath the skies.”
― Jack Kerouac, On the Road