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 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 …

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 …

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 …