Summaries of Days 34 & 35, and Beyond – Epilogue & Analysis

Note: Sorry this one got posted so late. I think it took five days for me to get around to this one. The trip is now officially over. I returned to Green Bay yesterday (Monday, August 8 – it might be a few days before I have enough data signal to get this uploaded). I am now in Nicolet National Read More …

Summaries of Days 29-31 – Route 66

Route Updates Tuesday / Day 29: Fort Stockton, Big Bend National Park, Alpine, El Paso, Las Cruces, Dragoon Wednesday / Day 30: Dragoon, The Thing, Tucson, Wellton, Yuma, Slab City, San Diego, SD Navy Yard, Del Mar Dog Beach, Los Angeles, Barstow Thursday / Day 31: Calico, Mojave Desert, Oatman, Kingman, Flagstaff, Canyon Diablo Bridge, Meteor Crater, Gallup, Cibola National Read More …

Summaries of Days 13 & 14 – Stoners, Punks, & Values

Over the past three days, I’ve done a lot of thinking about what my life will look like after this trip is over. I think I’ve made considerable progress. And I might have a stoner chick to thank for the idea that sparked my imagination. Route Updates For all the miles and hours I’ve logged over the past two days, Read More …

Summaries of Days 11 & 12 – Polo Shirts & Khakis

Today definitely wasn’t the relaxing and carefree day I had intended it to be. But in spite of (and in fact, owing to) my aggravation, I believe today may have marked a turning point for me. For the first time since this trip began, I am less certain that this lifestyle will merely be a temporary thing. What I am Read More …

The Five Questions

In the documentary, A Map for Saturday, a segment is devoted to “the Five Questions”. These are questions that are most commonly asked of long-term travelers. Over the past few months, I’ve had to answer a lot of the same questions over and over and over again. Some of these questions are similar to “the big five”, and then there are Read More …

Fear & Dry Heaving in Las Vegas

The countdown to my retirement now sits at 7 days plus 7 hours. And merely four days later, I bid adieu to this house – this house that has been my shelter, my security, my refuge, my comfort, my familiarity. I’ll officially be both jobless and homeless. And not because I was forced out. But because I made a conscious Read More …