The thing I noticed about this map?  She goes straight to Chicago from New York, no stops on the map between.  Now, I’ve done the New York City -> Chicago drive.  It’s about 14 hours without a dog, two drivers, with awesome traffic, and only the briefest of food/bathroom breaks.  Doable, but it’s a pretty long day with only one driver.  
The rest of the stops seem a lot more sanely spaced out:  I think the second longest streak is St. Louis to Tulsa (though it might be Flagstaff to LA).  Both of those are 6-7 hour drives.  She is, sadly, not deciding to stop based on the song, since she bypassed Joplin, Missouri, in favor of Tulsa.
So, why the long first day?  Well, part of it is that she’s taking Route 66, which starts in Chicago (and who wants to bet that she’s being a purist and drove down Michigan avenue just so she can start at the right spot?).  But still - a fourteen hour driving day, if she’s lucky, and there’s plenty of places to stop in between.
The way I see it:  She’s made the decision to leave New York, and once she’s made that decision, she’s going to put as much distance between her and New York as possible.  You can run a long time on adrenaline, longer than you’d think.  Maybe she decided that she’d stop when she calms down, and that doesn’t happen.  Maybe she gets to Indiana before she’s at the end of her second tank of gas and it even occurs to her that she should stop, eventually.  Rest through the night somewhere.  But by that time, she’s so close, in a burst of giddiness and nerves she breaks through the last few hours and finds herself on Lake Shore Drive in the predawn, Lake Michigan yellow and green from the city lights, and fuck, she’s got to find a place to stay that’ll take a dog.

The thing I noticed about this map?  She goes straight to Chicago from New York, no stops on the map between.  Now, I’ve done the New York City -> Chicago drive.  It’s about 14 hours without a dog, two drivers, with awesome traffic, and only the briefest of food/bathroom breaks.  Doable, but it’s a pretty long day with only one driver.  

The rest of the stops seem a lot more sanely spaced out:  I think the second longest streak is St. Louis to Tulsa (though it might be Flagstaff to LA).  Both of those are 6-7 hour drives.  She is, sadly, not deciding to stop based on the song, since she bypassed Joplin, Missouri, in favor of Tulsa.

So, why the long first day?  Well, part of it is that she’s taking Route 66, which starts in Chicago (and who wants to bet that she’s being a purist and drove down Michigan avenue just so she can start at the right spot?).  But still - a fourteen hour driving day, if she’s lucky, and there’s plenty of places to stop in between.

The way I see it:  She’s made the decision to leave New York, and once she’s made that decision, she’s going to put as much distance between her and New York as possible.  You can run a long time on adrenaline, longer than you’d think.  Maybe she decided that she’d stop when she calms down, and that doesn’t happen.  Maybe she gets to Indiana before she’s at the end of her second tank of gas and it even occurs to her that she should stop, eventually.  Rest through the night somewhere.  But by that time, she’s so close, in a burst of giddiness and nerves she breaks through the last few hours and finds herself on Lake Shore Drive in the predawn, Lake Michigan yellow and green from the city lights, and fuck, she’s got to find a place to stay that’ll take a dog.

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