Job Satisfaction & Generation Lifestyles

Last night, I was reading a post from one of my hitchhiker friends on my Facebook feed. In that post, he explained that he had traveled 200 miles that day and was flat broke. He used a gift card to buy dinner and coffee, and then cashed out the rest for beer money. When I see posts from him that Read More …

Impossible Choices and Dilemmas

I wish I didn’t have to choose between my friends and finding a better home. Here’s my fantasy. I’d take my closest haunt friends here in Green Bay plus everyone I met last summer on the road and form a punk community out in the woods, where I’d live out the rest of my life happily ever after. I think Read More …

Cold Weather Challenge

With the “Forgotten States Road Trip” I’ve got planned in March, I will be returning to Ottawa for the third time in 30 months. The first time was in September 2016 as part of the Salem trip. The second time was a stand-alone trip in May 2017. Cold Nights One of the things I remember from last spring’s trip was freezing Read More …

Tarzan, the Feral Zombie

Fresh off my North American Road Trip, I wanted to pay homage to my feral days by making a Tarzan-esque corpse. As with Nasir, this one also had to be locked into position, but this position would be far less natural and more difficult to lock into place. Tarzan’s Construction I got him into his apish stance with rope rigging Read More …

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 …