Road noise

road noiseContinuing my series of posts related to my upcoming Great North American Baseball Road Trip…

15,148 miles.

That’s not all of it, of course.  There’s also any wandering, side stops, up and back to the hotels and motels, but, bottom line, it’s a lot of driving.

Based purely on the point A to point B trips, there are 49 trips to get through the entire 30 ball parks and back home.  Nearly 10 of those are 8 hours or more.  I’m going to need something to keep me alert during some of those possibly dreary drives.

The new car has a number of cool audio features, some of which I don’t yet know how to use.  For one, there is an app called “aha”, which apparently groups public radio stations by genre and location, allowing you to find ones that fit your tastes no matter where you go.  That should help.  Once I figure out how to program it.

Of course, there’s the old standby of simply seek/scan of the AM/FM radio bands.  That works everywhere…near cities, at least.

The car also accesses Pandora, the internet based app to stream topical music (with ads).  Another item to work on setting “stations” before I leave.

I have my iPhone, with 922 songs already on it and over 5GB space left (though I need to leave some for pictures). I’ll want to get that updated before leaving.

There is always the possibility of downloading an audio book or two and letting that run during the trip.  I’m not sure how I will do with “listening” to books, especially while driving.  I might not want to be that entertained (the expression “losing oneself in a book” takes on scarier overtones at 65 mph).

Finally, I’m sure there will be times that all I will want is sweet silence.  Whether it’s windows down or up, sometimes just listening to the wind and the road is enough.  Plus, with all those new vistas ahead, I may just be fascinated enough by simply seeing sights I’ve never seen in person before.

242 hours of driving on 49 trips, assuming no traffic jams or surprise detours.  That wouldn’t be too bad, if I were driving “on average” every day.  On those longer trips, I’ll need to come up with some distracting road noise.

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