Summaries of Days 27-28 – Hiding Out in Texas

Yesterday was a rough day. Emotionally, I realized that my trip is nearing its end and I’m not quite prepared for the final days and the days that will follow. Physically, I drove for about 14 hours on very little sleep, battling a headache, and a sick stomach. I usually try to stay in a motel only once a week Read More …

Summaries of Days 24-26 – Blame It on the Rain

After near drought conditions for the first three weeks of my trip, I’ve been blessed with three consecutive days of rain and cooler weather. Route Updates Thursday / Day 24: Flagstaff, Williams, Grand Canyon National Park, Marble Canyon, Zion National Park, Dixie National Forest Friday / Day 25: Dixie National Forest, Bryce Canyon National Park, Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, Read More …

Summaries of Days 19-23 – Into the Desert

Over the past several days, I’ve been working my way down California and into the desert segment of my itinerary, where I will be spending the majority of the remainder of this trip. Route Updates Saturday / Day 19: Redwood National Park, Black Rock Desert / Burning Man Playa, Reno, Carson City, Lake Tahoe, Echo Lake Sunday / Day 20: Read More …

Summaries of Days 15-18 – Nature, the Sculptor

The longer I remain out here, the more I feel as one with Nature. Route Updates Day 15: Hoh Rainforest, a beach cove near the Pacific Ocean, Mt. Rainier, Mt. St. Helens Day 16: Mt. St. Helens, Portland Day 17: Portland, Mt. Hood National Forest Day 18: Mt. Hood, Crater Lake National Park, Redwood National Park The Travel Trailer Solution 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 …

Classifieds – Travel Companion Wanted

Looking for a travel companion for a European backpacking trip. Duration probably 3 months from April to June 2018, but at this point, those dates are not set in stone. Leaning toward arriving London and departing Istanbul – also not set in stone. It is NOT important that we agree to identical itineraries. That would never happen anyway – like Read More …

Summaries of Days 8-10 – Leather & Rubber Tramps

Leather & Rubber Tramps As a rubber tramp (a term that references my vehicle’s tires and the fact that I’m driving), it is not lost on me that I still enjoy quite a few modern luxuries and conveniences. For instance, I have this vehicle that propels me across the country, often at speeds up to 80 miles per hour. The Read More …