Riding Bitch

The daily musings of a writer.

Where Do You Live?


I’m trying to figure out which route to take on the cross-country trip  in August. There are so many sights I’d like to see. On the Southern route, I’d love to swing through the Grand Canyon (which I’ve seen once before) and Monument Valley in Arizona, White Sands National Monument in New Mexico, Austin, TX, New Orleans, and take a river tour on the Mississippi (if they allow dogs). I have friends in Georgia, South Carolina, and Florida. On the Northern Route, I’d love to see Yosemite National Park, visit friends in Southern Oregon, maybe see Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. I also have friends in Minnesota, Chicago, and Pittsburgh.

The move is probably going to be temporary, so I’ll be driving there and back (with several months in between). I would love to meet some fellow bloggers along the way if possible. Would you be interested in meeting me and Ruby? I know that DSWidow is in Wisconsin, LB is in Virginia, and Caitlin Kelly is in New York. Where are the rest of you? Not asking for street addresses, just city and/or state. If you’re not in the U.S., I’d still love to know where you are, but I won’t be able to meet you on the road trip. 🙂

Have you ever driven across the U.S.? Would you recommend I see any particular town or sight?

This is a great big country! I can’t wait to see more of it, and meet some of you.







Author: nivaladiva

Freelance writer and independent filmmaker.

24 thoughts on “Where Do You Live?

  1. Northern BC. Awesome place for a road trip. …

  2. Grand Cayman, just below Florida in the Caribbean Sea.

  3. I’m in Madison. I can offer you some fine microbrews, cheese curds (they squeak when you bite them!) and the greatest ice cream you’ll ever enjoy – all in one sitting. We’re about 3 hours from Chicago, so would love a chance to meet if you decide to take the Northern route.

  4. Oh boy, how I wish I was your friend right now. I have been speaking of taking a trip to CALIFORNIA by car. I’m in DMV area. Have a safe travel, enjoy life.

  5. I vote for the northern route through Pittsburgh! 🙂

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  6. I did a trip east to west and Austin was by far my favourite place. Maybe it was just chance but lots of nice stuff happened. We rented bicycles for one thing and had a very idyllic day cycling about the big central creek and talking to people.

  7. I live in Central Massachusetts so if you are in my neighborhood you took a wrong turn somewhere. I do suggest a trip this way while you are near though. From what I hear the east coast is much different from the west. Massachusetts is filled with things to do, from hiking in the mountains to sitting by the sea. All within a couple hour drive. While you are living out this way get in touch if you want to explore.

  8. So many fun places to visit! My son and I, years ago, took the northern route out west (Wisconsin, Minn, S. Dakota, Wyoming, Montana … but the southern route would be cool, too!! so excited for this adventure for you! I can’t wait to see what you decide to do and I’d love to meet up sometime, somewhere 🙂

    • That sounds like such an amazing trip! I’m sort of leaning towards the Northern route going to the east coast and Southern route coming back (in winter). Still TBD. I am sure that we will meet up one day!

  9. Eastern shore, Virginia. Near Cape Charles. You will have to go WAY out of your way to find us, but should the winters get bleak and you head south, find us!

  10. Hi! I did that drive the other way in Feb-March, out through the SW (including a stop in Roswell NM and the UFO Museum just for kicks) and back through stunning Zion National Park & the Colorado Rockies. The west is gorgeous, with gems along any route–and an interesting sociological experience…I’ve zigzagged America at least seven times over my life, love a road trip across the broad expanse, such different people, culture, landscape. Be careful, though, as a woman alone: I found the heavily-gun-toting, conservative, religious middle of the country to be, at times, a bit scary. Found lots of dog-friendly hotels/motels along the way!

    I love in Hoboken NJ, on the banks of the Hudson across from Manhattan. I’m an author/journalist/photographer and would love to sit down over a beer or a meal if you’re in the area! Contact info on my website: http://www.sharonguynup.com

    Have a fabulous adventure on your cross-country sojourn! Go, girl: being out int he wide world is always amazing.

    • Thanks so much, Sharon! That’s pretty amazing that you’ve done the cross-country trip seven times. From the one time I did it (coming to LA), it was absolutely beautiful and really gave me a sense of what this country is all about. I was totally alone then, but at least time I’ll have my dog. Good to know there’s lots of dog-friendly motels!

      Thanks for sharing your site too. You’re such an accomplished writer, wow. I’ll be in NYC regularly, and would LOVE to sit down with you. Looking forward to it!

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