Shortly after I started dating Matthew, he asked me, “do you like roadtrips?”. Naturally, like most, I answered “of course I do!”. What could be better? Plenty of car snacks, an excellent playlist, good company, and an exciting destination make for the perfect combination. He then asked me, “do you like long roadtrips?”. I wasn’t quite sure how to answer this, as most of my “roadtrips” have consisted of weekend trips to the beach. He then shared a dream trip he had in mind, the initial route covering 11 states in the western United States. Seeing as how I had never been to any of the places he had in mind, there wasn’t too much hesitation when I gave him my enthusiastic “yes”. And so, the planning began.