SPRING TRAINING 2004 ROADTRIP
Spring Break is a wonderful time in any college student's life. It is a break from the many struggles of academia and is a wonderful opportunity to get out of wherever it is you live and go someplace warm. This year, I will go on a roadtrip for the fourth consecutive Spring Break. The tradition of Spring Break roadtrips began for me in 2001, when my best friend and I went to Dallas, back when I considered that a long drive. In 2002, I went on the first ever "official road scholar" roadtrip, as I drove all of the turnpikes of Oklahoma from beginning to end. Last year, I went to Delaware to visit friends, which really began the long roadtrips!
For the year 2004, I will be going to Arizona to see some Spring Training baseball games. I have always wanted to do this, and this year, things have finally worked out to where I am able to go. So on Friday, March 12, at 2 pm, just 70 minutes after my final class ends before the break, I will be leaving Oklahoma City by going south on Interstate 35, and I will be driving to Ft. Worth on that day. Saturday, I will be going from Ft. Worth, west on Interstate 20 to its western end (which also means I will clinch that interstate on that day!), and then take Interstate 10 West to Van Horn in middle of nowhere west Texas. Sunday, March 14, I will be taking Interstate 10 West to Tucson, where I will spend two nights.
The plan in Tucson is to arrive Sunday afternoon, and then go to church somewhere that night. Monday morning, I will be driving Interstate 19 end-to-end in both directions, and then that afternoon, I will be seeing my first spring training game when the Chicago White Sox take on the Colorado Rockies in Tucson.
Tuesday morning (3/16), I will leave Tucson and go to Phoenix, where I will spend three days and three nights in the Valley of the Sun. Tuesday afternoon, I will see the San Francisco Giants vs. the Milwaukee Brewers. Wednesday morning, I will be driving some of the local freeways of Phoenix before taking in a game featuring the Chicago Cubs and Texas Rangers. Thursday morning, I will either sleep in or finish driving the freeways of the Phoenix area that I didn't see the morning before, and then I will see my final game when the Oakland Athletics take on the Kansas City Royals. Thursday night, I will see an NHL hockey game when the Detroit Red Wings visit the Phoenix Coyotes. Go Red Wings!
Friday morning (3/19), I will leave Phoenix on Interstate 17 and head towards Flagstaff, weather permitting. From there, I plan to go east on Interstate 40 to Albuquerque. And, finally, on Saturday, I plan on going from Albuquerque to Home Sweet Home.
Planned trip route:
Friday, March 12 - Interstate 35 South --> Interstate 35W South --> Ft. Worth, TX Motel 6
Saturday, March 13 - Interstate 35W South --> Interstate 30 West --> Interstate 20 West --> Interstate 10 West --> Van Horn, TX Motel 6
Sunday, March 14 - Interstate 10 West --> Tucson, AZ Motel 6
Monday, March 15:
Tuesday, March 16:
Wednesday, March 17:
Thursday, March 18:
Friday, March 19 - Interstate 17 North --> Interstate 40 East --> Albuquerque, NM Motel 6
Saturday, March 20 - Interstate 40 East --> Interstate 44 West
Trip so far:
Trip distance - 2,979 miles