Company for the Ride


For the record, I am not one someone that jumps at ever chance to make a long drive. However, I have made a few in my life…. okay, probably more than a few.  They can be gruelling, but they can show parts of the country you haven’t seen before.

Yesterday, I was anticipating a moderate drive, but I wasn’t looking forward to it. I had had a long day at work, a horrible bus commute home, and I just didn’t relish the idea of the drive ahead–even though I was sure I had to do it.

In a spark of brilliance, I asked my girlfriend to come with me. I expected her to say no as she had also had a long week and an almost equally brutal commute.  To my surprise, she agreed and we started making plans.

Luckily, the situation evolved and a long drive was not required. However, she still tagged along for the short-ish drive.  Perhaps she was looking forward to learning some colourful language by watching me cursing out drivers and construction crews.

It got me to thinking, on a long drive, there really isn’t anything better than company. Of course, a close second is a fantastic playlist–but that’s the subject of another blog.

Have you ever made a long drive? Where did you go and who did you go with?

About Anthony

I am: equal parts rebel, romantic and shockingly average Joe. a writer trapped inside of an ESL teacher's body. an introverted attention seeker. a teacher who hopes one day to be called "Captain, my Captain." an intellectual who can do some very dumb things. a person whose Japan experience, despite being so long ago, still exerts a strong influence upon him. a lover of books, music, beer, hockey and Pizza.
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10 Responses to Company for the Ride

  1. Sheree says:

    Company, a great play-list and good weather

  2. I’ll just prepare you now for the future: kids in youth sports. That will send you on many long car trips! 🙂

    Actually driving from Etobicoke to Pince Edward County is both a pain in the ass (first part on 401) and a pleasant trip. Once you hit the outskirts of the County (about half way), it becomes an absolute pleasure. Great place to take a drive with your girlfriend. Head into Bloomfield or Picton…lots of little B&Bs. 🙂

  3. bgddyjim says:

    We drove from Michigan to central Florida in a straight, 26-hour shot once. ONCE. With my wife and two young daughters. The drive back was the worst. It took FOREVER… You’ve triggered me, brother. LOL! 😀

    • Anthony says:

      That’s a lot of hours. I’ve done 15, but that nearly killed me.
      I’ve done some long flights and those were terrible but I wasn’t driving.
      Imagine what it must be like to go coast to coast.

  4. Margie Swain says:

    Yup. Florida several times. PEI more than several times. Going is fun. Returning is painful.

  5. I drove across Canada (Victoria to PEI) and back. Some days I put in 8+ hours. The whole trip took six weeks – lots of stops for actually seeing the country. Gruelling. Travelled with two of my adult daughters. I was the only driver. The 401 nearly did me in.

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