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LAist Road Trip: Inauguration 2009

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In less than 24 hours, your LAist Inauguration 2009 correspondent will set off on a mad dash toward Washington, D.C., along 2,870 miles of this nation's most barren and beautiful landscapes.

Through 10 states and four highways, I and two other Angelenos will drive toward a massive storm of an estimated two million people from around the country and world who will crowd this nation's capitol for the historic moment.

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The allure of seeing history is quite understandable. The logic of driving, however, is dubious and requires explanation I'm not quite sure would survive much scrutiny.

In any event, the decision to set off on this journey came like a lightning bolt of the highest order. It was the first week in January, weeks after the congressional allotment of tickets to the ceremony had been handed out to constituents and VIPs. But that was of no concern during the initial rush of decision making, that euphoric moment when common sense cedes from planning. The drive, the inauguration, the history: those were the primary factor. Tickets, crowds and 20-degree weather be damned.