The start of a Road Trip – stocking up on a last-minute list of supplies, eagerly pondering all possible necessities and necessaries, then blithely postponing them until ‘further down the road’ – is the best part. For, unlike backpacking to a foreign country, you are in full control of rest stops and meal breaks, playlists and car games. You can run the tank down and fill the chili bin up. Every turn-around and view point and highway name is an unusual, mental souvenir. This is freedom, epitomized on two wheels.