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Elizabeth Blackstock
elizabeth-werth
Weekends at Jalopnik. Managing editor at A Girl's Guide to Cars. Lead IndyCar writer and assistant editor at Frontstretch. Novelist. Motorsport fanatic.
Jan 16
16

I agree there is too much red, black, and white. If they got a bit more creative with the designs I might not complain quite as much.

Jan 16
4

More yellows would be nice. Just in general, I would like more yellows on cars of all kinds. And surfaces of all kinds. I wanna live in a brighter world, again.

Jan 11
3

I did the same thing on Sunday. I had no truly left the house in weeks aside from trips to the local grocery store. Driving is therapy for me and Michigan winters only make a depressing time even slightly more depressing. I told my wife that I need to take a drive and that she can come along or stay, but that I was Read more

Jan 11
3

It’s one of the main reasons I go driving. I get antsy and then I decide “I’m just gonna drive somewhere. Don’t care where.” It’s not like I drive enough to worry about gas costs or anything else anyways, considering I’m self employed and I work at my desk all day. Or... did, before this whole mess.

But just deciding Read more

Jan 10
1

I miss my motorcycle for that reason. The city I live in is too full of traffic to really enjoy an aimless drive. I haven’t been on one in a few years because even on the back roads or mountain roads not far from where I am there is slow traffic and I haven’t been able to enjoy that feel for a few years now. My Read more

Jan 10
2

I was a rambler in my younger years moving to different parts of the country for work. Usually a month or two of living there, I would take my weekends and do aimless drives exploring the city and its neighborhoods, finding unique restaurants/dives and diners. Gawd, I miss those days.

Jan 10
6

This is exactly what I did for vacation this year. NO destinations. (well, I did have a region in mind) NO tourist spots. NO dining. Just drive and drive through and stayed in the very nice hotel room and stocked the fridge and ate take out. Always picking the gas stations with the least customers.
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Jan 10
5

How apropos—I just got back from such a drive. It wasn’t all that long, an hour or so, and I hadn’t intended it to be completely aimless but as things turned out it was and that’s fine. There is a restored grist mill here in southern Wisconsin, roughly twenty minutes from home. My aim was to go there to take some Read more

Jan 10
12

As an owner of an EV, an aimless drive is something you can’t do, especially where you’re driving. Hopefully in the next 20 years we might have the charging infrastructure to do such a thing though.

Jan 10
16

Great piece, thank you. I learned the joy and restorative powers of the Aimless Drive from my parents when I was younger than I can remember. My earliest memories include long rides in the car, first our 65 Cadillac Sedan deVille (the first car I ever traveled over 100mph in), later in our 76 Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser Read more

Jan 10
13

Sometimes I go on my own (like today) but sometimes I call up a buddy and we just wander up in the mountains for a few hours. Great therapy.

Jan 10
8

This was awesome great writing, I hope you find your solace out there. If you don’t... keep driving 

Jan 10
14

I walked aimlessly for 5 hours with my buddy in Cairo. Yeah we were drunk, but we were aimless. Woke up in a hotel that Americans are disliked by the locals, but they loved us. Our weekend taxi driver, Ishmael (miss ya dude) shit his pants and got us out of there and took us to the Dead City part of Cairo, we weren’t Read more

Jan 10
27

I agree, it’s lovely. The other day I left work two hours early (perks of being self-employed) and went on a drive to my favorite local mountain road and just had a great time. I had my phone on silent so I wasn’t bothered by friends or customers, and I just drove. The sound of a naturally-aspirated straight six Read more

Jan 10
62

I could have killed my wife today. Said, “Hey, I need to get out of the house, just gonna go for a drive”. Her response was “Great, let me put on pants, we need groceries!”. So instead of taking the Sky and aimlessly cruising the back roads of NJ, I wen to fucking Wegmans in an SUV.

Jan 10
24

Yes! I know the feel so well.
I’m not much of a car driver, but when i’m in a depressive period it helps immensely to go out on my motorcycle, with nothing to think about. Just the full body experience, being connected to the engine, feeling everything the thing does. Feeling it roll, catapulting yourself a few Read more

Jan 10
32

Some days, the best therapy is putting your dog (or dogs) in the car, filling up your tank, and driving to the biggest open area you can find. Read more

Dec 26
7

My parents got me a new bed. I was saving for one since mine was a cheap piece of crap 10 years ago, but then my water heater died on the coldest week so far this year. I would have fixed it myself but I’m familiar enough with gas/plumbing to have realized after a cursory glance that the previous installation would Read more