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What is the best random discovery you found on a road trip?
submitted 4 months ago by medium_tomato from self.AskSaidIt
Worlds largest something, a strange town, weird rest stop, something odd about a particular place you would only notice if you're there.
[–]jet199 7 insightful - 3 fun7 insightful - 2 fun8 insightful - 2 fun8 insightful - 3 fun - 4 months ago (2 children)
I've found some lovey hotels and pubs on road trips which I would never go back to because they weren't in places you'd willingly visit for any reason.
[–]Tortoise 8 insightful - 5 fun8 insightful - 4 fun9 insightful - 4 fun9 insightful - 5 fun - 4 months ago (0 children)
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[–]NaughtyUnicorn 7 insightful - 3 fun7 insightful - 2 fun8 insightful - 2 fun8 insightful - 3 fun - 4 months ago (0 children)
Some of the best places that I have ever eaten were at small mom and pop joints while on vacation.
[–]dismybrowseacct 7 insightful - 3 fun7 insightful - 2 fun8 insightful - 2 fun8 insightful - 3 fun - 4 months ago (0 children)
Historical markers. I used to do road trips around the midwest with my buddies and there are a lot of monuments dedicated to various small events from US history.
The oddest would be monuments in the road. Theres one in central ohio thats a massive boulder dedicated to telling the story of a man who joined the local indian tribe.
[–]TruthTeller 7 insightful - 3 fun7 insightful - 2 fun8 insightful - 2 fun8 insightful - 3 fun - 4 months ago (4 children)
Not exactly a road trip, but close, and definitely weird:
Back in college, one early autumn day during dinner at the cafeteria, I saw a
table of some fellow-students who looked disturbed. On asking, no one would say
Next day one of those women was in my class. She volunteered that she and her
buddies had gone driving through the small towns around our college. On a whim
they decided to sneak into an abandoned building, which looked like some kind of
an institution. As they were exploring they found something disturbing. It
looked like an old school classroom. But there were things about that room that
made no sense. For one, all the school desks were bolted to the floor. Then,
there were rails on the ceiling and thick, heavy chains that came down to these
large hooks. Some of her friends were drinking or on drugs and they all totally
freaked out and ran out and came back to campus, all shaken.
I was completely disbelieving. Over lunch she volunteered to take me there. So
after lunch we left campus and drove through these New England small towns and
all the way up into the Berkshire mountains. I remember it started to get cold
and foggy, although that early autumn day had been warm and sunny back down on
By the time we reached this abandoned building I had started to get a little
worried. It was getting towards sunset and the cold and fog really added to the
atmosphere. I no longer felt as bold and doubtful as I had been over lunch.
In any case, we finally went in just as it was getting dark. And she was 100%
right. It was exactly as she had described it.
I remember this chill that went down my spine. The room was really odd and the
placement of desks and chains made no sense. There was these dark stains on the
floor but it could have been oil. Nevertheless at the time these stains appeared
to us as blood.
I panicked and we raced out of there. We lost our way on the drive down from
the mountains and got home around 11 pm.
We never spoke about that again. The whole thing stayed with me for years.
[–]JasonCarswell 5 insightful - 3 fun5 insightful - 2 fun6 insightful - 2 fun6 insightful - 3 fun - 4 months ago (3 children)
Any chance those "extra features" could have been used to help disabled people?
Maybe find it on a map and research it to see if it is/was an asylum and/or hospital?
[–]TruthTeller 5 insightful - 3 fun5 insightful - 2 fun6 insightful - 2 fun6 insightful - 3 fun - 4 months ago (2 children)
You know. I'll tell you: This was 1983. So this is way before you can just pull
it up on Google somehow. It definitely did not look like any kind of a
sanatorium or a hospital. The chains were huge and the hooks were these
meathooks that are used to hang hogs in butcher houses.
After turning it around in my head for years, the best explanation I could come
up with was that someone brought all these disparate elements together as a
joke. I know that sounds weird. But let's say this place was being used for
storage of items from some nearby town, by the town government or something; old
desks from school, hooks from some old mechanic or butcher business. Someone
decides to fake this setup precisely to freak out these pesky college students
breaking into abandoned places to get high. All it takes is a good drill, some
bolts and an evil mind.
This was also a time when students in colleges like the one I went to staged
these "happenings" which was a left over trend from the 1960's. For example, as
part of a class project a friend of mine staged a huge "happening" just outside
the big dining-commons windows on a Parent's Day special dinner. Over 50
people/actors were involved with fake news crews, guys in radiation-protection
suits and geiger counters, an ambulance, and the staging even used a set of
twins to some very disconcerting results. The entire dinner was cancelled and
parents got out of there as soon as they could, sick to their stomachs from what
they thought they had seen.
So things like that were not unheard of around our college.
It's amazing what you could do when everyone did not carry around a smartphone.
[–]JasonCarswell 3 insightful - 3 fun3 insightful - 2 fun4 insightful - 2 fun4 insightful - 3 fun - 4 months ago (1 child)
That does kinda sound fun, like something the Cacophony Society might have done before Burning Man.
I don't know what all was there but I suspect there's got to be a logical explanation. Maybe the "desks" and chains were not for children but for some kind of custom pseudo-assembly line automotive manufacturing and the stains were oil and lubricants or something. Or maybe they rendered dead animals into glue or pet food. Sounds weird and like a good setting for a Saw movie.
[–]TruthTeller 3 insightful - 3 fun3 insightful - 2 fun4 insightful - 2 fun4 insightful - 3 fun - 4 months ago (0 children)
Yeah. In the end I decided that in my panic my mind was making up stuff, filling in the gaps and connecting far too much together. The way the whole thing unfolded freaked me out to no end.
[–]goobandit 5 insightful - 3 fun5 insightful - 2 fun6 insightful - 2 fun6 insightful - 3 fun - 4 months ago (0 children)
The center of the world
[–]JasonCarswell 5 insightful - 3 fun5 insightful - 2 fun6 insightful - 2 fun6 insightful - 3 fun - 4 months ago (0 children)
I discover them first online, then seek them out IRL on the road trips:
[–]creekmour 5 insightful - 3 fun5 insightful - 2 fun6 insightful - 2 fun6 insightful - 3 fun - 4 months ago (0 children)
A ghost mining town in Colorado. I was just exploring and turned off the highway onto a trail. From that trail I turned onto a more overgrown trail and went across a sketchy washout. Then bam, a ghost town that miners used long ago. It was small, about 10 buildings, most of them small houses. A few were in decent enough shape to walk around in. There was an old bridge across a small creek and a blocked off mine. Beautiful area.
[–]malleus_maleficarum 4 insightful - 3 fun4 insightful - 2 fun5 insightful - 2 fun5 insightful - 3 fun - 4 months ago (0 children)
Jack's Blowhole in New Zealand: such a fun name for a great way to dispose of a body. You have to be way out in the middle of nowhere at the ass end of the earth and then hike a bit to find it.
Also, about 20 years ago while on a road trip: 3:30 AM at a truck stop in the Midwest USA, mist swirling around, and into the cone of light from a streetlamp stepped...a bagpipe player. He played for about half an hour between Greyhound stops for me and ~3 other people.
[–]TheKsist 3 insightful - 1 fun3 insightful - 0 fun4 insightful - 0 fun4 insightful - 1 fun - 4 months ago (0 children)
Buttered rum-flavored cappuccino from a gas station. I always love trying new foods at places but I was poor so it was always cheap foods. This was the best.
[–]Papitas 3 insightful - 1 fun3 insightful - 0 fun4 insightful - 0 fun4 insightful - 1 fun - 4 months ago (0 children)
The "Eight Wonder" at Las Grutas de García.
It's supposed to be a column where the stalagmite and the stalactite have exactly the same length.
It's supposed to be the only one discovered so far... ever.
It wasn't a random trip, but I never expected to see something like that.
[–]bald-janitor 1 insightful - 2 fun1 insightful - 1 fun2 insightful - 1 fun2 insightful - 2 fun - 3 months ago (0 children)