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It's a blog you want? How about a cross-country baton road trip?

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The Olympics are over so I know you'll know what I'm talking about.

The baton races. First runner sets up, takes off as fast as s/he can, passes the baton off to the next person, that person runs a distance and passes the baton on...

Well, here's an idea I want y'all to consider. (I'm Canadian but I like using the "y'all" word whenever I can seeing as I live in the U.S. now)

How about setting up a cross country truck baton road trip?

I could not afford the time and money to join a line of trucks form Cali-forn-I-A to New York in a cross country road trip. What why not have a baton road trip? We start the road trip in Cali and make our run across the country - or have it divide not long after it's begun to get one train going across the north of the county and the other going across the south? Or even maybe starting from two separate location and ending at the same place at the same time?

So, it works like this:

We find an item to be the baton (or whatever you want to call the item in question) and the ones that can start off in Cali (let's say 3 trucks at that point) start heading east. In eastern Cali they pick up two more trucks to join in. One of the original one drops out after the 5 first hours, the other 4 keep going. One more joins along the way to New Mexico and then 4 more hop on in Albeturkey. Sorry, I don't know how to spell Albuquerque. No, wait... I guess I do.

Well, whatever... moving on.

So you can have as many as 25, 30 trucks at some point, right down to 1 or 2 for some distances. But the trick is that once someone needs to bow out and s/he has the [==baton==] s/he needs to pass it on to someone else in the caravan that is going on further east.

Hopefully we get enough involvement go get the item across the country? Maybe stick tacky state stickers on it as it's going?

Oh! What if the item is a notebook? We log the trip from one side to the other?

"Well, this is Bob T. I've been handed off the log book by Jimmy R. Ok, I need to ask this... did you all really get pulled over in Oklahoma and all get speeding tickets!? That's just crazy.. well, it's 9a.m. and we're about to head out. Hopefully we hit Kentucky today!"

Huh? Huh!? HUH!?!

I'll take the baton for some of the midwest run! we know any journalists that may be interested in chronicling that kind of thing..?


Updated 08-31-2008 at 11:00 PM by Springthing



  1. Crawdaddy's Avatar
    sounds interesting. However, I don't think we have enough members and I dont' think those members are spread across the US enough to complete this task. There'd probably be instances where the driver would have to cross several states just to get to the next person. I know we have a few members in the DFW area, there's a couple here in the New Orleans area. We have a couple canooks (Cableguy and someone else), a couple Washington state people, oh, and our friend Davandy from Belguim. Not exactly a good spread of active members to complete the run...
    Updated 11-17-2008 at 12:33 PM by Crawdaddy
  2. TRPLXL2's Avatar
    That is a seriously awesome idea Steven, I have never heard of anything like that before. I know there are at least 5 people from Ohio, and then at least 20 from Pennsylvania. I have driven to Illinois before for fun, this would definately would be something for the old scrapbook.