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In 2007 I began living out of my backpack and hitchhiking around.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Packing Guide for Ultralight Freestyle Travel

Freestyle travelers get around by any and all means, they sleep in a wide variety of places and don't need much money to sustain their lifestyle. They travel indefinitely or very frequently. Their backpacks, if they even have one, are tiny. This is how we pack.
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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

New Adventure with Marilyn Begins in Memphis and New Orleans

For Marilyn the summer of freedom and new experiences had her longing for more, a particularly cold winter season back at work hit her from the other angle, pushing her further towards the pull from the road.

I was happy to link back up with her, we'd been finding ways to cross paths anyways ever since she got back to Indiana after the summer. During this cold month of February I'd tucked away in a friend's house in Michigan while he was away, an isolated marathon writing session that I was now ready to snap out of.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Custom Travel Notebook with Hidden Compartment

I got the idea to make a notebook with a hidden compartment for my phone after an experience getting mugged down in Peru. The guys had gone through my things and chose what they wanted, but had my phone been in some carved out pages in my notebook then perhaps they would have overlooked it.

First I started looking for a notebook, one that was only barely bigger than my phone to keep it small. I couldn't find exactly what I needed, so I remembered a friend who had mentioned building his own books and got some advice.

Between him and some Google searches I had a plan. I could sew together my own notebook, exactly the size I needed, and build it in such a way that the first set of pages would not only still be usable for notes, but also relatively easy to take out and replace without replacing the whole notebook.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Frozen in Time, Writing in Michigan

For years I've been traveling and for just as long people have periodically said, "Are you writing all of this down, you should write a book!". Well, I've written a fair amount here on this blog, despite getting behind, but I finally thought I might as well give it a shot and just over a year ago I took advantage of a great opportunity to get started on a potential "book".

A friend that I'd initially met in Las Vegas had since bought a house in Lansing, Michigan he was fixing up, he'd be leaving it empty for a month while he had a job in New York, he was happy to have me "house sit" and I saw it as a chance to isolate myself in the dead of winter with no distractions, not even the thought of stepping outside unless absolutely needed.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Chaining Dollar Buses From NYC to Indy

"Sir!", some police officer shouted at me from far down the echoing subway chamber, but I wasn't in the mood. It was an early morning after some long and packed days in New York City, it sounded like he wanted to search my backpack for whatever reason, I slipped down the steps and on to a well timed train, out of each other's lives.

I emerged in Manhattan, marching west towards the first of a series of buses I'd chained together for practically nothing, just a few dollars actually, Mega Bus which I've used before. New York to DC, DC to Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh to Cleveland, Cleveland to Chicago and finally Chicago to Indianapolis. It wasn't direct, but for around five bucks I couldn't complain, especially in the dead of winter with hitchhiking as my alternative.

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