Very exciting news for any word nerds who follow NuckolBall. A word I created is on the short list to be included in the 2024 Merriam-Webster dictionary. I give you: ROADPHORIA.
Here is the official definition as it stands today.
road·pho·ria | rohd-fawr-ee-uh
: a state of transcendental bliss associated with the American road
American: from Middle English “rode” and from Greek “euphoria”. First recorded in 2003 Lummox by Mike Nuckols. See also Tom Petty, Jack Kerouac, Cris Reifsteck, John Pfeffer.
After four days of hiking in Utah with his son, Mike drove back to Las Vegas in a state of pure roadphoria. (See photos below for details.)
Day 1: Upgraded to a huge truck and straight to Angel’s Landing
Day 2: Up a raging river for the Subway Trail
Day 3: Four hikes (Kolob Flats, Many Pools, Weeping Rock, Emerald Pools)
Day 4: Two distinct environments: Bryce Canyon and The Vegas Strip
Finally, here is a shot from our drive on day four heading from Bryce Canyon to Las Vegas. Alex is in the rest stop. I sat down on the curb. In this shot I am in the deepest state of roadphoria imaginable.
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OMG this speaks to my soul!
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That is so cool!!! Congratulations to you and I think we need to give some credit to your family for their support and: or company for the “Road Projrcts/Adventures”
From Judy Smith with admiration
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