The 2017 Great American Escape
Here we go merrily driving across this great nation of ours once again, with the goal of seeing the USA on the way to the Word Cup Scrabble Tournament in Springfield, Massachusetts. On last summer’s trip to the east coast, we headed straight east on Interstate 80 as far as Iowa, then took a right turn to dip down into the Southland. This time, however, we are taking a northerly route that will enable us to visit Montana, the Dakotas, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Among the places we plan to visit are Mount Rushmore, the Rock ‘N Roll Hall of Fame and Niagara Falls. After that, I get to indulge in six lovely days of Scrabble competition.
So what have I been doing to prepare for this trip? Aside from mapping out an itinerary, not much. Although we’ve planned this vacation for at least six months, it seems to have crept up on us. It was months away, and now it’s here.
I have been doing some planning for the Scrabble tournament, however. This involves reviewing familiar word lists and memorizing some new ones. I am seeded eighth in a division of 23, which means I am going to have some work to do to prevent losing to lower-rated players, with my rating suffering accordingly. Here’s hoping I draw good racks and that my memory of prime bingos does not fail me. It’s an uphill battle for an old guy like me competing against these young whipper-snappers with memories like steel traps.
My wife and I recently took a taste of road life during my two business trips to southern California over the past three weeks. So now we’re ready to do it for real and burn up the interstates. Ride along with us as we share our adventures in traversing the continent.
San Buenaventura Beach, Ventura CA