Before I started my new job a few months ago I took a week to drive to the Grand Canyon. I stopped when I wanted, ate what I wanted, slept when I wanted, left when I wanted. It was great. Traveling alone on the road was a revelation - I've been on business trips alone before, but road trips have always been with family or friends. There are a lot of advantages to speak of when you allow yourself the power to only think of yourself and your needs, but you sacrifice the joy of sharing adventures with the people you love. Also, you can't take a break from driving.
I stopped in Mona, Utah, where my grandmother was born and spent her childhood on a chicken farm. The Young Living Family Farm was beautiful. Bought a $6 lavender plant which died a few weeks later. Then I went to Fillmore, where I went to the state museum and had a milkshake at a local dive. Finally got to St. George, spending a few restful days inside (it was 112 degrees outside) with one short hike and a visit to Brigham Young's winter home, and then headed to the Grand Canyon. It was AMAZING! Pictures really just don't do it justice. I made some friends from Chicago, who let me camp with them overnight, then I headed back to St. George to shower and rest from my hiking blisters with a few Swig cookies. My last day before heading home I made a stop at the Pizza Factory - a bread twist and a Dr. Pepper, which made me very happy.
Ultimately, I think a solo road trip is worth repeating somewhere else, but I missed my family enough that it probably won't happen very often.
Oh yeah, except for the whole moving to Thailand thing.
I was going to caption and organize all my pictures, but I'll just let you browse and enjoy instead. :)