Urbex – Dakota Ghost Towns and Abandoned Buildings

I spent last week driving around North and South Dakota, checking out abandoned buildings in ghost towns. This was a quintessential “gothic nomad” trip insofar as that moniker is concerned. The only way a trip could be more representative of that name is if I was touring medieval castles in eastern Europe. (And that trip will happen soon enough…) This Read More …

Hard Truths and a Reality Check About My Nomadic Identity

This past weekend, I was so excited. I hadn’t been to my campsite up at Nicolet National Forest since December. And it was two months before that when there wasn’t snow on the ground. I’ve been waiting seven months to do some camping! I monitored snow coverage maps for weeks, waiting impatiently for the snow to melt. Then I waited Read More …

My Travel Style – How I Travel and Why

I’m preparing to turn my Road Trip Survival Guide into a video series on YouTube. And in organizing my notes, it occurs to me that I’ve never really clearly defined my travel style. Obviously, you can cobble it together from all of my stories and the survival guide itself. But I think it’s important for me to pause a moment Read More …

Are You a Travel Addict?

The other day, I made a comment that I felt like an addict looking to score his next fix, because I began formulating new road trip ideas in my head before we got back home from Tennessee. This morning, I spotted an old post from Nomadic Matt – Top Signs You Are a Travel Addict. I thought it would be Read More …

My New Tramp Name

Something pretty special happened to me this past weekend, and it was so special, that I almost didn’t notice it happened. I finally received a bona-fide tramp name. Bones christened me “Captain”. When he first started calling me “Captain”, I must have dismissed it in my mind because – over the years – many friends have given me many one-off Read More …

The Tennessee Trip

It has been a pretty wild weekend. Bones and Morgan invited me over to their place Friday night to hang out and get “not sober”. At some point, Bones and Morgan talked about wanting to go on a road trip, to somewhere warmer, and then settled on visiting Bones’ dad in Tennessee. At first, it just seemed to be wishful Read More …

Road Trip Survival Guide – Coping with the Weather

This entry is a part of a series. Check out the rest of the Road Trip Survival Guide for more valuable information. Climate vs Weather – Planning and Preparing When gearing up for a trip, you plan for climate, but prepare for weather. Climate represents average weather over a period of time. For example… If I travel to the Olympic Peninsula, I Read More …

Road Trip Survival Guide – Coping with Mosquitoes

This entry is a part of a series. Check out the rest of the Road Trip Survival Guide for more valuable information. The Ubiquitous Irritant Whether you’re road tripping, hiking, backpacking, train hopping, hitchhiking, or camping – if you’re spending a lot of time outdoors – especially in the summer – you ‘re going to have to put up with insets. While Read More …

War Stories – Oatman, Arizona

Nothing prevents people from following their dreams moreso than fear. And in the interests of helping to motivate people like yourself to take the plunge, get out, and travel, I feel there is no more important message for me to convey than this: travel is not inherently dangerous. It is very unlikely that a crazed hitchhiker will butcher you like Read More …

Forgotten States Road Trip: Part II – TransWorld 2018

I planned the Forgotten States Road Trip around TransWorld, since being in St. Louis already saved me about a thousand miles had I done these two trips separately. Although the convention itself was pretty damn good this year, I did not particularly enjoy my visit – for a number of different reasons. But through adversity, I can say that I Read More …