the fun never stops / by Kayci Detweiler

Ok all. I know everyone has a million questions, and so that I don't have to answer them to everyone individually, I decided to do an "all questions answered" post. Hopefully this will cover everything you've ever wanted to know about taking a crazy trip across the country! Here goes...


Weeks gone: exactly 10 full weeks on the road
Miles traveled: approximately 14,633
States visited: 42
Countries visited: 3
Northern most point: Glacier National Park
Southern most point: San Antonio, Texas
Highest elevation: Pikes Peak, Co {14,114 ft}
Longest driving day: New Orleans, LA to St Augustine, FL {8.5 hrs}
Longest location stay: Harrisonburg, VA {4.5 days due to car trouble}

Favorite natural location?
How do you pick one best place out of all the diversity and natural beauty in this country?! I think my favorite National Park was Zion, and my favorite "nature" experience was Fern Canyon in California. Both were magical.

Favorite city stay?
As an overall experience, Austin, TX and New York City were my two favorites...we had great days in both places. I also really enjoyed both of the Portlands! 

Favorite experience?
Looooooved our beach times in SoCal, especially paddleboarding in La Jolla. Also, checking off the bucket list with the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta. Amazing.

Best doughnut? {I know you're dying to know}
Hard to choose, but I think my two faves were the Lemon Poppyseed from Blue Star in Portland, and a Key Lime filled from a bakery in Toronto. Yum.

Easiest part about this trip?
Having fun with Kelby, of course! Couldn't have asked for a better travel buddy.

Hardest part about this trip?
Staying in a new place each night, and accepting hospitality from strangers. I learned so much about both giving and receiving hospitality! Also being mobile and unstable for 2 months was a bit rough for me...but I made it.

Is there a place that stands out as the next step?
NO. I am extremely confused, but happy to be in one place for a little while as I figure it out. I have also discovered that, personally, as much as I enjoy visiting the city, I don't think it's a great option for me as a living place. I need a little breathing room. 

Do you have a next step?
NO. See above. If anyone has any suggestions, I would be happy to hear them. Also prayers are welcome. I'm looking forward to a bit of discernment time, but also don't want to sit around for too long. Must keep busy!

Do you have any regrets?
Not a one. My only regret is that we went so fast and didn't have time to properly explore each location. If I would do it again, I would have less area to cover and more time in each place. Would I do it again? Not exactly the out of a suitcase for 2 months got to me a bit :)

What a wild ride! I'm so thankful for this experience, and I will have many stories to tell for the rest of my life.