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Matt and Brett: Intersections and connections

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We are currently away on a road trip, visiting some new and some other favourite spots.

Road trips are nostalgic for us. Not just because as Gen-Xers we have stayed in more than our fair share of roadside motels, but because over the 20+ years we have been together, road trips (both here and abroad) hold some of our own most treasured memories.

It’s fair to say that a road trip doesn’t draw quite the same dinner party interest as that European adventure your friends have just been on, but for us, a two-week road trip away from our everyday was exactly what we were craving so we packed the Subaru and headed off.

We both come from families where dad’s mantra was “the faster you drive the more you see”, so for us, the perfect road trip is a slower, immersive affair.

It’s a real time of connection, not monotony.

Matt and Brett

More of a degustation than a buffet.

Time in the car is spent listening to music, sharing memories of road trips past and talking about everything from the state of the world to making plans for the future to where we should stop for lunch.

It’s a real time of connection, not monotony.

We break things up. We never travel for more than a couple of hours before taking an exit to see something new, stop for all of the meal and mid-meal breaks and always make sure we get where we are going well before dark.

Online maps have certainly taken a lot of the stress out of navigating where you are going, but we only use it as a guide, so if we see a sign for something or someone gives a recommendation, we are flexible enough to go that little way off the beaten track for a sometimes, unexpected, experience.

Tonight, we find ourselves in a standard motel room with a view of the car, but it’s comfortable and a bargain.

We’re off now to find a cozy bar with an extended happy hour. Not sure where we’ll be tomorrow but that’s all part of the fun right?

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