As much as I adore road tripping across the United States, there’s no denying that things can get a little tedious on the days when you’re constantly on the move. When my step son was young and used to sit in the back of the car in Scotland, we’d spot buses (he was obsessed with them… I’m unsure why), or we’d play the Yellow Car Game, and amuse ourselves screaming across the car, racking up 10 points for being the first person to spot anything on four wheels that was even the slightest hint of the colour.
These days, me and LT have devised a game for endless stints on long straight US Highways and Interstates, and the pit stops that accompany them. Instead of yellow cars, though, we stick to classic American things that we don’t get in the UK. We do amend the rules, depending on where we are as some things are state specific (Whataburger in Texas, for example). Let me tell you, though – it can get VERY competitive…. There’s an automatic disqualification for anyone who says three times: ‘Well, I couldn’t see that, could I? I mean, I’m driving!’ 10 points are awarded for the following sights*:
*State Line Signage
*Little Red Wagons
*Signs for British Placenames
*Any Place Mentioned in a Country Song
*Any City of Town in a Movie Name
*Water Towers/Grain Elevators
*Roads with President’s Names
*Stadiums (Nascar, Speedway, NFL, Basketball, Hockey, Baseball…basically anything will do)
*Any Signage for Gun or Ammo Shows (probably don’t drive too close, though…
*Religious Signage/Imagery (if you’re in the South, prepare to be pretty busy).
I guarantee that this little game will makes all those hundreds of miles fly by and, even in the most remote roads always have the possibility of a Seven Day Adventist Church or a billboard for the Top of Texas Catholic Superstore (seriously, it’s in Memphis, Texas and has its own website for all your online Catholic needs…) No word on whether you can access the site if you happen to be a Protestant or Quaker or whatever, and I didn’t want to try it out on the off chance I’d be struck down and sent to the burnt fire. Click on the link at your own risk – I take NO responsibility for what might happen to you.
What other sights do you suggest adding to the Road trip Game??
*1 million points is scored for spotting a black cadillac, towing an airstream, in a town with a British place name, parked outside a stadium next, to a cotton field.