5 Reasons You Love Road Trips with Dad
It is no secret I love a good road trip. Like many livestock showmen, most of my road trips include driving miles upon miles searching for “the one,” attending production sales, or heading to junior nationals. There are a few staples to each of these trips; the truck and trailer, the Highway on XM Radio, and dad’s crazy road trip antics. Fortunately, “dad’s crazy antics” make for some unforgettable memories and good life lessons. Here are a few things I’ve learned riding with dad over the years.
1. The GPS will ALWAYS lead you astray.
It doesn’t matter if you are 110 percent focused on your travels, the GPS will always get you lost. Whether it is telling you to turn 200 feet before you should, not quite understanding that you are pulling a stock trailer and cannot use the ferry to cross the river, or leading you to the entirely wrong state. If your dad is anything like mine, by now he probably thinks he shouldn’t follow the GPS at all and well… that’s a disaster too.
2. How to appreciate a good crop.
Let’s be honest when you’re driving across the state of Iowa, the most exciting thing you’re going to see is corn, corn, and more corn. Most of our road trip conversations involve marveling at how good or poor the roadside crops look. Occasionally, we will come across an interesting row crop that we don’t have in Tennessee.
I learn so much more riding around looking at crops with my dad than I ever did in school.— keeks (@keelynswanson) June 22, 2015
3. Tricks to “holding it.”
The best trick I have for “holding it” is to not drink anything. I don’t even recommend swallowing your saliva. My dad means serious business when he gets behind the wheel and he doesn’t stop until the truck is on “E.” As my dad says, “if you can put it in, you can hold it in.”
4. How (or how not to) make a deal.
My mom has always said her least favorite part of buying cattle was when my dad would go to write the check and make a deal. Looking back, that is one of the most valuable lessons I learned from cattle buying trips with dad. Personally, I think bargaining with someone and standing your ground is immensely beneficial as you grow older and begin making purchases of your own.
5. Dad’s aspirations will always be your aspirations.
After spending hours upon hours in the truck seat, your mind starts to wonder in mysterious ways. Some of my most memorable conversations were had in the truck cab discussing shows I’d like to win, what we should A.I. certain cows to, things I’d like to purchase, etc. At the end of the day, it is good to know that dad and I share the same dreams and goals.
On a road trip w/ the fam for the next 6-8 hrs & my dad's farmer's talk radio is overpowering my Bose headphones.🚜🆘— Airwreckah. (@EricaJones1010) December 18, 2015
I believe the memories made riding to and from shows and sales are often overlooked by the days spent in the barn and the early mornings at shows but in reality, that’s where it all begins. Don’t take for granted the moments you get to spend crammed in a truck cab, holding your bladder, and looking at the 2,423,508 field of corn with your family.