Travel theme: Roads

As my road trip around the US plunges into its final stretch, I wanted to pay tribute to the unsung hero of the journey… the great open road. One of the biggest ‘wow’ moments I had on my journey from Seattle to Boston was when our car crested a hill along I-90 and I suddenly understood why Montana was called Big Sky Country.

us usa america road trip montana big sky country

On the Utah leg of the trip, Highway 24 proved so spectacular I couldn’t limit myself to just one photo of this wondrous and at times unnerving road.

utah highway 24 road trip us usa america

highway 24 utah road trip us usa america

In Ireland, you can’t beat a long drive along the winding road that leads across the bleakly beautiful  Featherbeds.

ireland dublin wicklow featherbeds travel bogs

Last but not least, a small road winding through Ciudad Vieja, on the way to climbing Pacaya Volcano in Guatemala. A parade passed along the road in front of us and when the road opened up again, it was strewn with petals and cut grass.

petal road guatemala travel

Can I entice you to have one for the road? If you would like to join in the travel theme (everyone’s welcome!) here’s what to do:

  • Create your own post and title it Travel theme: Roads
  • Include a link to this page in your post so others can find it too
  • Get your post in by next Thursday, as the new travel theme comes out on Friday
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Looking forward to seeing you get the show on the road.



About ailsapm

Hi there! I’m Ailsa Prideaux-Mooney. I’ve lived in many places, and travelled to many more. I had a lot of fun getting there and being there, wherever there happened to be at the time. I climbed a castle wall in Czesky Krumlov, abseiled down cliffs to go caving in the west of Ireland, slept on the beach in Paros, got chased by a swarm of bees in Vourvourou (ok that wasn’t fun, but it was exciting), learned flower arranging in Tokyo, found myself in the middle of a riot in Seoul, learned to snowboard in Salzburg, got lost in a labyrinth in Budapest and had my ice cream stolen by a gull in Cornwall. And I’m just getting started. If you’ve enjoyed what you’ve read so far, I’d love you to follow my travelogue - - and remember, anyone who tries to tell you it’s a small world hasn’t tried to see it all.
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282 Responses to Travel theme: Roads

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  2. Roads really scar the mountains here in Austria, but in winter they mysteriously disappear!

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  4. This is an interesting one, Ailsa! Thank you for the beautiful collection – I was inspired.
    Here is my entry:

  5. Lynne Ayers says:

    I’ll be in for this one Ailsa. Great shots but I particularly liked the 3rd one.

  6. Wow! Gorgeous photos Ailsa! Love the first one. It left me speechless 😉

    There is nothing better than a road trip!

    Some say life is a highway…

    Let me look up if I have some images and I`ll share them with you!

    Karla xo 😉

  7. I have great memories of a long road trip with my sister that took us through Montana on I90 and another through Utah on Hwy 24. We spent a few weeks driving a slow, scenic route from Seattle to Santa Fe and home again. The horizons and changing landscapes are truly amazing, thanks for the pictures today!

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  9. Just a little different to yours, Ailsa. Wish I could follow your footsteps.

    • ailsapm says:

      Love it, Mrs C – especially the Barcelona one. Keep following your own footsteps, and perhaps one day our paths will cross 🙂

  10. EhkStream says:

    To avoid becoming lost this morning down the long winding roads; I took a shortcut:
    Thanks Ailsa!

  11. 40again says:

    As usual, your shots are simply brilliant! I’ve driven in Utah and your photo brough back some of the splendour of our trip. Will be rifling through my albums this weekend to find my “Road” pics.

    • ailsapm says:

      Thanks Dee, glad my shots brought back some of those memories for you, Utah is impossibly beautiful, I wasn’t prepared for how overwhelming it was. xxx

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  14. loganbruin says:

    Whoa, how nice of that sandstone formation to move over to the side of the road for your camera!
    I could not find any actual roads in my photos, so I had to take a different. . . route (sorry).

    • ailsapm says:

      Yes, I thought it was very considerate of that sandstone 🙂 Love your thinking outside the box interpretation, and I promise, I won’t ask about that one block in Amsterdam!

  15. adinparadise says:

    Lovely road photos, Ailsa. Thanks for the new theme. I was just about to do the bridges one. I’m way behind. 🙂

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  17. Some scenic views in your photos of wide open spaces. My post on roads:

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  19. Ingrid D. says:

    Cool pictures! Have a look at mine and follow my new blog!

  20. warero says:

    Reblogged this on Javmode.

  21. aj vosse says:

    I may be on the ‘road to nowhere’ with this one!! Reminders of road songs?? 😉

  22. valentina says:

    Awesome shots! 😀

  23. DagEnDauw says:

    Inspiring theme again Ailsa, and adorable pictures, I especially favor your third one.
    To start, here ‘s already an oldie I adpated for the occasion. Next week I’ll drop by for a more recent entry.

    Have a nice weekend all of you!

  24. Andrea J. says:

    These are gorgeous! I especially like the road in Ireland. I’m traveling this weekend so I’ll be on the lookout for an entry.

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  29. oztravelbug says:

    Awesome theme and stunning shots Ailsa! I especially like the first photo. I’ve chosen to focus on California’s Big Sur for this week’s theme:

  30. Thanks for another great theme. All your photos look great but the first one is stunning!

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    • ailsapm says:

      Oh Pat, I love your post. Those shots of Kyrgyzstan are giving me such wanderlust, I want to be sitting in the back of your car now as you cross that mountain pass!

  32. Cee Neuner says:

    Your photos are wonderful as always!!! Great topic.
    Here is my take on your challenge!! ENJOY!

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  35. fgassette says:

    Another great theme with wonderful photos. Here is mine:


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  39. Ben says:

    Roads can be rough and almost breaking both my hands wile searching for the Plain of Jars in Phonsavan, Laos gave me a new appreciation for pavement.

  40. kz says:

    great shots 🙂 i’ll try to look for some road photos 🙂

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  43. tempnuala says:

    Here’s my roads welll travelled

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