This was our first day not hiking since we started three months ago. We spent the day in a car, which wasn’t an unwelcome rest, and were able to stop for food anytime we were hungry. We were driving from southern Massachusetts to western Ohio and we took the northern route. We stopped to stretch our legs, not giving the kids any warning of the iconic location we had picked. There were a few more people around than we have grown accustomed to.
The drive was long, but in many ways it was easier than a typical long trip. Being away from automobiles for so long actually allowed us to enjoy the freedom they provide, rather than simply feeling constrained by it.