Roadtrips and backpacking is not just something for the young. This Chinese couple in their sixties set off from Wuhan and landed in America, where they rented a car to drive all the way across the country in 19 days.
Well, since the husband couldn’t actually drive, it was left to his wife, Chen, to take the wheel. There was a bit of a speed bump at the start of their journey, as they had problems negotiating their insurance and GPS service in English. At the same time, Chen managed to get her international driving permit, NetEase reports.
The following day, Chen drove from Las Vegas to a small town. There was some problems with the GPS along the way, so they ended up on a mountain. Fortunately, there was a warmhearted elderly American couple, who not only pointed out the way, but even drove over 60 km to escort them to their hotel.
During the trip, the elderly couple was able to pay back this favor. They met a girl from Sichuan at Yellowstone National Park who had missed her tourist bus because of jetlag. The couple warmly welcomed the girl to join them as they drove around the park.
The couple departed on June 7th and returned on June 28th. They only spent around 20,000 yuan during these 19 days. Traveling light, the husband, Wang, showed the reporter the inside of their luggage, which they considered a treasure chest, inside was a sleeping bag, a pot, a basin and an American road map.
Even though they knew no English, they weren’t worried about communicating. They had downloaded a translation app in advance. Wang also wrote down some useful sentences on paper in case they needed them, which turned out to be quite useful (for getting to Csmeron?)
While you might think the driving itself would also be quite the challenge, actually Chen began driving back in 1970 and used to work as a long-distance bus driver from Wuhan to Yichang, so the American roads were a breeze.
The couple has traveled to Tibet twice, overcoming earthquakes and mudslides along the way. Wang says that next year, they plan to drive across Europe.
By Sophie Wang
[Images via NetEase]