1994 Road Trip Across America

A road trip does good for the soul ...
In 1994, I graduated college at age 23 and was living with my parents in the only home I had ever known in New Jersey. I was young. Naive. And hungry for adventure. Although I had visited much of the east coast, I desired to see the rest of my country, and for six weeks in the fall, I went on a road trip that would change my life. It was then that my love of the western USA came to be, and three years later, I moved permanently to the mountains and deserts and wide open spaces of the Mountain West.

On this page are links to all photo galleries. I suppose this presentation is similar to my 2008 and 2011 bike across America journals, but these photos are terrible. I used my parents' film camera back then, and these images are my digital photos of those pictures. Also, with it being 18 years later, I don't remember details for many photos, but does it really matter? Consider it a fun retro type of thing. :)

Road Trip Across America
Above: Me and my bright red 1991 Honda CRX, ready to take on the countryside.

Photos and commentary by Steve Garufi in Buena Vista, Colorado - Twitter - Facebook - Pinterest - YouTube

"Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." ~Mark Twain

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District of Columbia, Virginia, Tennessee - The road trip began with three days in the Upper South region. I paid homage to sites in Washington DC, visited cousins in east Tennessee and continued into unchartered territory.

September 23-25, 1994

Dixie Gas Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana - Visits to two university campuses, a beach on the Gulf of Mexico and more.

September 26 - October 1

Texas State Sign Texas - Fun times in Austin, rodeo in San Marcos, arrival in the glorious desert.

October 1-4

Turtleback Mountain New Mexico New Mexico - Wonderful times with great people in Truth of Consequences.

October 4-7

Desert Scenery Arizona and Nevada - Phoenix, Flagstaff, the Grand Canyon, Las Vegas and Mesquite.

October 7-11

Utah - Another enjoyable hostel stay, this one in Moab. Beautiful scenery in Arches National Park and southern Utah.

October 11-14

Welcome to Colorado Colorado - Mountain photos along Interstate 70 and great times with Bill, Doug and Holly in Fort Collins.

October 14-19

Mount Rushmore Wyoming, South Dakota, North Dakota - Two days in the Black Hills and a lot of driving on the plains.

October 19-23

Lake Itasca, Minnesota Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan - Hostels in Lake Itasca, Minnesota and Greendale, Wisconsin. Photos of the Mississippi Headwaters, Milwaukee and Lake Michigan.

October 23-28

Niagara Falls, NY New York - My last stops with Marc in Niagara Falls, a hostel Syracuse and Albert in New Paltz.

October 28 - November 3

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