Hometown Tourism, Part 2

The winter phase of my ongoing hometown tourism was supposed to include the following: Dead & Breakfast, Manitowoc Botanical Gardens Festival of Lights, Green Bay Pabst Mansion, Milwaukee Admirals vs Timberwolves Hockey, Milwaukee Badgers vs Spartans Hockey, Madison Gamblers vs Team USA Hockey, Green Bay National Railroad Museum, Green Bay Wisconsin Maritime Museum, Manitowoc Out of that 8 item list, Read More …

What You Leave Behind

For the past several weeks, a single theme has occupied my thoughts. How to survive on the road with nothing. Every time something in my home or work life annoys me, I think about how I won’t have to deal with that when I’m on the road. Every time I spend money, I think about how I won’t have to Read More …

The Probable Beginning of Phase Two

I’m finally getting around to writing the book I was supposed to write after the North American Road Trip. I’m getting a room at a motel tomorrow afternoon and spending the next 20 hours secluded from all of the distractions of home. I’ll be pouring over all of my blog posts here and making notes for an outline. Then, I Read More …

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 …

Dreaming of Paradise

I had the most amazing dream last night. Remy and I were living in a cave in the desert. It was dark and kept us cool during the day, and a fire would keep us warm at night. There was a long and winding path from the cave entrance to our den, so wind wasn’t really an issue. Deeper into Read More …

Teaching an Old Dog New Tricks

Sitting here today, I would describe myself as a man who has tasted true freedom and desperately wants to return to life on the road. Or – at least – to have the freedom once again to travel on a whim. It is possible. I know several people who have made it work. Some of them run location-independent businesses and Read More …

Reflections of a Rubber Tramp, One Month Into a New Job (and One Week Into a New Home)

Yesterday, I drove to work along my new route from my new home, and I passed by a Motel 6. I suddenly became nostalgic for the days when a stay at a Motel 6 was a luxury. What, with their flat beds, hot water, and ice machines – they were an oasis during my rubber tramping days. Honestly, it doesn’t Read More …

Where Do You See Yourself In Ten Years?

Someone I know sent me an e-mail today questioning my recent lifestyle decisions. She asked me where I see myself in ten years. Below is part of my response. I made some substantial edits for brevity and because some of what I wrote only made sense in context of who my message was originally addressed to. Where Do You See Read More …

My [Mostly] Completed Battle Jacket

This is my battle jacket – that I began before my road trip, and now completed (for all intents and purposes). Featured Patches The jacket features my favorite horror-comedy movies, including Deathgasm (back patch), Dead Alive, Ghostbusters, and Evil Dead. Other patches allude to my road trip, Necrophilia, and other philosophies. Missing Patches I’m thinking about getting an Apocalyptica patch, Read More …