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 …

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 …

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 32 and 33 – Crust Life

Route 66 paid off with some great ghost towns and crust punk havens. And right now, I’m in downtown St. Louis right now. But there are no haunters, creeps, or black-clad punks hanging around. Nor is there an HAAS banner hanging on the Convention Center. Is it possible I arrived a little early for TransWorld 2018? Route Updates Friday / 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 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 …