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And so (Road Trip 2010) begins

In order to hit the road, CNET's Daniel Terdiman must brave the pre-dawn wilds. Several weeks of the best of the East Coast lie ahead.

This is the result of rushing to catch an early flight to get Road Trip 2010 started: the negative footprint of ground coffee. Daniel Terdiman/CNET

OAKLAND--When you must get up early to catch the plane that will fly you to several weeks of adventure, sometimes there are consequences.

In my case, getting up before 5:00 a.m. in order to rush to Oakland's airport to hop a Southwest 737 to D.C., it meant fumbling through the normally simple process of making coffee. As the picture above indicates, I had a little bit of trouble with the ingredients. But spotting an opportunity, instead of quickly sweeping up the ground coffee that spilled on my foot, I snapped a photo.

All joking aside, I'm sitting on a 737 waiting for the doors to close. This means that Road Trip 2010 will soon be under way. In several hours, I fly into the nation's capital, but I'll only be there for mere minutes. I will pick up the Porsche Panamera that I'll be driving throughout the trip and head off toward Wallops Island, Va., where I'll visit a NASA facility.

Much, much more lies ahead. I hope you stay tuned.

See you in the Eastern time zone.

On Thursday, Geek Gestalt will officially kick off Road Trip 2010. After driving more than 18,000 miles in the Rocky Mountains, the Pacific Northwest, the Southwest and the Southeast over the last four years, I'll be looking for the best in technology, science, military, nature, aviation and more throughout the American northeast. If you have a suggestion for someplace to visit, drop me a line. In the meantime, you can follow my preparations for the project on Twitter @GreeterDan and @RoadTrip and find the project on Facebook.