Coping with Competing Passions

I’m pleased to report that my head is in a slightly better place this week than it was last week. Last week, I was severely depressed – nearly suicidal, even – mostly because I was back in Green Bay and was unable to see a clear path back to the happiness I experienced on the road. This week, I’m still depressed, Read More …

Five Weeks That Ruined My Life

I look back on my North American Road Trip with great fondness. Over the course of five weeks, I gained experiences and memories that I will cherish for the rest of my life. I do not regret taking the trip. Nor do I regret quitting my job or selling my house. But in the thirty nine days that have passed Read More …

Twelve Month Incarceration

It has been a week since I began my Green Bay apartment lease and my twelve month incarceration. I have not had much time to dwell on my new situation. I have been busy this week moving and unpacking. You Call This Minimalism?! After all of the stuff I got rid of in the past year and a half, it Read More …

Final Night of Freedom

I’m sitting at a rest area between Green Bay and Manitowoc. It’s my last night (for now) being homeless. I rented an apartment in Green Bay, and I move in tomorrow evening. Yet More Haunt Drama It has been a tumultuous week since I wrote my previous entry. A major incident occurred on Saturday. I won’t go into detail about, Read More …

Mindless Train of Thought

The problem with being stationary in Green Bay is that I don’t have much to talk about on this blog other than the roller-coaster train of thought playing out in my own mind. “Core Group” Drama In the eleven days since my last post in which I discussed my “core group” of favorite haunters and friends, things have been especially 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 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 …

The Five Questions

In the documentary, A Map for Saturday, a segment is devoted to “the Five Questions”. These are questions that are most commonly asked of long-term travelers. Over the past few months, I’ve had to answer a lot of the same questions over and over and over again. Some of these questions are similar to “the big five”, and then there are Read More …