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

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Wrapping Up The Trip With Marilyn

Hitchhiking from California to Indiana in ten days isn't much of an issue. Handily done, with or without the understanding of just how many seemingly random or even chaotic acts of generosity need to occur along the way. Ten days is cake for this task, but for Marilyn and I this was the last ten days, at least for this great adventure together. We weren't just trying to get to Indiana either, hardly. Not "ten days to get there", but "ten days left".

We spent a San Francisco morning waking ourselves up, then heading from my friend's house out into the day, a series of walking and public transit ventures got us to the south side of the Golden Gate bridge ready to catch a ride north.
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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

One Last California Leg of the Marilyn Adventure

Writing has been put on the back burner for the last while, but it's about time I continue to catch up before memories fade. As it stands I'm a year behind anyways, so let's jump back to August, 2013.

I'd spent the last couple months or so traveling around the US and a piece of Mexico with Marilyn, a girl I'd met a year earlier. She'd taken a leave of absence from her Indiana nursing job for the summer to come out adventuring. With three weeks until she needed to be back, we found ourselves in Portland, Oregon about to thumb our way south to California for one last spin through.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Boise, Bend and Beer as Usual

We got an early start leaving Jackson Hole, my family dropped us off just before the pass where a lady heading to Victor soon yielded to our thumbs. Boise was our destination, we were off to a fast start.

Next a couple picked us up heading clear to Idaho Falls, a guy from the Army to Blackfoot was next, then we rode in the back of a pickup truck to the next junction where we got the golden ride, a woman road tripping with her kids who'd be heading right through Boise.

Marilyn took over driving the last leg of the trip, a grateful woman relaxed, enjoying a break from being behind the wheel. Soon enough we were hopping out in downtown Boise, immediately making our way to 10 Barrel Brewing where we pulled up a stool and began sipping beers as we contemplated where we might sleep that night.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Jackson Hole Hiking and Tipping Points

Jackson Hole is one of my favorite places on the planet to visit. I went there first when I was just a kid and haven't gone much more than a year or so since then without dropping in since. My uncle grew up there, perhaps the initial excuse for going out there was to see him and my aunt, as well as to go skiing.

In my travels I've put it on my path whenever possible. In fact, in the summer of 2007 when I first decided I wanted to move out of a New York City apartment and into a backpack, Jackson was the first stop. While my family usually flew out to make visits, they'd decided on road tripping instead. To me that was the perfect opportunity, I hitched a ride with them and got myself far away form my starting point, out into America and officially on the road.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Out of Tucson and Short Visit to SoCal

After a half day and then a full day of getting no rides out of Tucson, we were under a third sun hoping things would turn around for us. No longer shooting for Phoenix like we had been, we now were keen to get directly to California, my sister was planning on driving up to Wyoming with a friend and we wanted to catch that ride with her.

Sure enough, an eighteen wheeler came rolling to a stand still, we kicked up dust running up to it and climbing in, he was Phoenix bound. We rode just as far as a truck stop near the Interstate 8 junction, then got ourselves onto the freeway, walking towards the junction to catch the westbound traffic.

A couple of self proclaimed gypsies pulled over before we'd quite made the junction, but they were Phoenix bound as well, all the same we welcomed the good energy coming our way.

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