Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time for a social media experiment. In one month — May 25, tenatively — I’ll be moving from Boston to Los Angeles. That 3,000 mile road trip is an epic journey in and of itself. But I want to make it more epic. I want to take you with me.
Now sadly, my 2005 Honda Civic is only a five-seater at best, so I can’t take you along in a literal sense. But I will be live blogging the whole trip both here and on Twitter (@Foxvanallen). To keep it interesting, I’m going to stop at some of the more unusual places America has to offer. But which ones? Well, that’s up to you.
Here’s how the experiment will work. From now until May 20, I’ll be taking your suggestions as to places you want me to visit. Anything is fair game. Want me to stop by the World’s Largest Ball of Twine? Done. Have a drink at the best bar in Austin? Why not? Meet up with you and shake your hand under the St. Louis Arch? If you insist. Take a zip line off America’s highest suspension bridge? Why do you hate me? But no matter — from casual stops to intense challenges, nothing is off limits.
Once the suggestions have all been submitted, I’ll draw out the tentative route. Now obviously, I can’t visit all the suggested places — there’s a 10-day time constraint on the trip, and I can’t do anything that costs a ridiculous amount of money (I’m living off a blogger’s salary here). But I will map out the route that contains the most interesting suggestions, and use that as my guide. Along the way, I’ll be tweeting, recording short videos, and blogging about my adventure. And I’ll even be taking your real time suggestions as to places to eat lunch, places to visit, and deviations from the planned path. I’ll do my best to make it as if you’re right there with me, even though you’ll be sitting behind your computer screen thousands of miles away.
This is probably not the first fully interactive road trip, but this may very well be the most awesome. To suggest a place to visit, simply tweet at me or reply to this blog posting below. So, what do you think, folks? Are you in?
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