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 …

Summaries of Days 5-7 – Giant Nuclear Fusion Reactor

I confess that most of my obsession with “teasing” this trip out the full six months has been out of a sense of pride and bragging rights. I hear all the time about people who go backpacking for 6 months, 12 months, or even longer.  Six months seemed like the least I could do. I now realize that this trip Read More …

Summary of Day 4 – I Befriended a Zombie

It would have nearly been impossible for Day 4 to be worse than Days 2 and 3 had been. But I never expected how awesome a day it would turn out to be. I saw and picked up my first hitchhiker – a young man going by the name Zombie. It was the best decision I’ve made on this trip Read More …

Summaries of Days 2 & 3 – Setback, Disaster, & Recovery

The past 48 hours have been insane. Where do I begin,except at the beginning? For the record, my route the past two days has been: Sioux Falls, Welcome, Rochester, Winona, La Crosse, Green Bay, La Crosse, Winona, Rochester. Stipulations and Orders Once I retired and left Green Bay, I really didn’t want any surprises waiting for me. That’s why I Read More …

Summary of Day 1 – Off to a Rocky Start

Traveled approximately 500 miles from Green Bay to Sioux Falls via Wausau, Eau Claire, Minneapolis, and Mankato. Self Check-In Overall, I felt okay, except for an “oh shit” moment I had when I realized I was walking out of my home for the last time. But overall, the fact that I am now homeless and jobless did not loom over Read More …