& Charlie’s Excellent Road Trip Road Tips
2nd revised edition
copyright 2011 by Charles Rossiter
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Section 1—Tips 1-11--Mostly About Road Trip Planning
Section 2—Tips 12-25—Mostly About Things To Take Along
Section 3—Tips 26-50—Mostly About Once You’re On The Road
Preface to the 2nd Edition
This book is called Jack & Charlie’s Excellent Road Trip Road Tips because much of what is said here is based on the road travels of me and my son, Jack. Sometimes the wonderful wife and mother of our family, Mary Ellen, joined us. Regardless of whether you’re traveling alone or with a larger group of family or friends, these tips will help you get more pleasure from your trip by adding to your convenience, control and economy while on the road.
A lot has happened since the first edition of this book in 2004. Today everyone’s got a cell phone, many people wouldn’t think of leaving home without a computer, and the “tip” to get a digital camera so kids can take pictures without the expense of film is as out-dated as a Model-T. However, many of the tips from the first edition remain relevant and are included here. Some have been revised, and others have been added. While the first edition was based on 40,000 miles of road experiences, this edition is based on 60,000+ miles on the road. Back in 2004 Jack was in the eighth grade. Now he’s got college graduation in his sights. Our first big road trip was a three-week adventure that took us from Chicago to Los Angeles and back when he was only six years old. Along the way we drove to the top of Pike’s Peak, climbed 20 foot ladders to the ceremonial caves at Bandelier National Monument, visited the Taos Pueblo, swam in the Pacific Ocean at Topanga Beach and much more. It was the kind of unforgettable experience that can only come from taking the time to travel on the road, and it led us to take many more road trips. I hope this book of helpful tips encourages you to hit the road and enjoy some of the pleasures we have enjoyed.