Only in LA: Leave the driving to us

What's that? You say, summer is running out and you haven't made your annual road trip?

You know, the jaunt with one goal in mind.

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OK, no problem. We'll take you with us. Just hop in.

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Uh, what's the deal with the orange outfit?


The great thing about a cross-country run is that there are so many memorable areas to visit.

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Colorful businesses.

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Glamour spots.

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A road trip also has all kinds of great shopping opportunities.

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And magnificent architecture.

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Including a bridge in Imperial County that lets you know when you've crossed it, just in case you start to wondering.

 

No reason that a road trip can't be educational, too.

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OK, if you're going to get technical on me, the roadkill shrine stood briefly in downtown L.A. as a prop for an obscure 1996 Bill Murray movie. But it was supposed to be somewhere else.

 

Some learning lessons are strung out for several days.

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Such as this before-and-after spelling exercise in Hope, Ariz.

 

Part of the fun of the open road is unexpected dining pleasures.

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That's a real cafe in Van Horn, Tex., by the way, and even got a mention in the Cormac McCarthy novel, "No Country for Old Men."

 

Lastly, there are plenty of recreational spots that will give a warm welcome to travelers.

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OK, that's enough fun. You should be refreshed and ready to return home and handle that L.A. traffic.

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Well, most of it.

 

Contributions came from Paul Brodt, Marie Sleet, Judi Birnberg, Jack Collins, Chris Ellis, Keith Johnson and Dorothy Roediger.

Steve Harvey can be reached at steveharvey9@gmail.com. His Twitter address is @sharvey9.


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