A Social Media Experiment and Observations

For the past several years, I have resolved – with little success – to wean myself off of both social media and watching cable news. The resolution coincided with my 2016 resolution to travel more. It was part of a larger effort to spend less time in the virtual world and more time living in the real world. I also 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 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 …