Mid-morning on day five of our road trip we began our drive up the windy route through the hills toward the historical city of Madaba, where I (Albert) served as a Peace Corps Volunteer. With the Dead Sea receding in the distance behind us, my excitement grew. I had been looking forward to returning to Madaba since I left nearly 8 years ago.
After a few days of lounging around in balmy Aqaba we packed our car yet again and drove north to the Dead Sea. Even though Albert and I both lived in Jordan for two years, neither of us had taken the Jordan Valley Highway. This highway spans the length of the country from Aqaba in the south to just near the border with Syria in the north running along the Dead Sea and Jordan River.
After spending a few days in Amman, Albert and I packed up the little Hyundai we rented from Budget and headed to the furthest point south in Jordan, Aqaba. Situated on the Gulf of Aqaba and bordered by Saudi Arabia and Israel, with Egypt off in the horizon, Aqaba has a desert climate and makes a perfect escape in the colder months.
What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Kansas City? The World Series Champions, the Kansas City Royals? The fact that it's a major city that straddles two states? Or perhaps that it's home to some of the best barbecue in America? Kansas City, was a perfect place to stop after our first day of driving from Colorado Springs to Washington, DC. This gave us the opportunity to try some of that famous Kansas City-style barbecue.
Back in February I blogged about the great time I had during my first visit to Colorado. During that trip I only spent a day in Colorado Springs and I was eager to return as I felt I had just scratched the surface. Luckily, I was afforded this opportunity as I offered to help a good friend move from Colorado to Washington, DC.
What is the first thing you do when you plan a road trip? Most of the time you decide where you want to begin and end. Then, you probably decide on what route you are going to take. While simultaneously considering what places you want to visit. Followed by how many stops you want to make. And how long you want to drive for. There are undoubtedly lots of questions to ask ourselves when planning a road trip.
We have decided to do something different for our next trip. Instead of jumping on a plane and flying to some far-flung part of the world, we have decided to take a good old American road trip through parts of America’s south.