Exploring the world one word…and one mile…at a time

And We’re Back…


L to R: Off the grid in Moab (UT) and Jenny Lake (WY); two road-weary (and oxygen-deprived) travelers at 12,000 feet in the Rocky Mountains in CO; Sal’s tripometer as it neared 6,000 miles; and an evening journal session by the campfire in Yellowstone.

From where, you ask?  From a much-anticipated, 9,084-mile, state-bagging road trip from our home base in New Hampshire.  We headed west in mid-June, crossing the northern plains into the Canadian Rockies before starting a slow meander down the mountains all the way into New Mexico.  We completed the loop back east via the southern states, and by the end of the trip, we had traveled through 24 different states and 4 provinces.  We slept in 16 of them, and ran in 13.  And in the six weeks we were on the road, we posted here on WPG exactly six times.

Why just six times when I had early visions of blogging every day, of sharing our adventure as it unfolded (or at least shortly afterwards)?  I’ve given that question a bit of thought lately, and here’s what I’ve concluded.

1.  Internet access (and electricity).  We posted a few updates early on, but we were off the grid for much of the first half of the trip.  No cell service in Canada, no electricity at Yellowstone.  We occasionally connected and powered up at a hostel or pub, but access was sporadic, and maintaining battery power on cameras and laptops in the middle of the woods is a bit of a challenge.

2.  Twitter.  Our Twitter feed is connected to our blog, and it was often quicker and easier to push out a quick update that way instead of sitting down to write a full post.  It provided an easy way to communicate and capture the moment while sending a signal back home that we were alive and well.

3.  Fatigue.  Despite being conditioned to run long distances, we found ourselves to be a bit out of shape in the “going constantly from sunup to sundown” department.  We were out the door for a run or hike early every morning and exhausted at the end of each day, especially on monster driving days.  Our days were filled with doing rather than writing about doing.

And last but not least…

4.  Our daily journal project.  At the outset of the trip, we conjured up a small conceptual art project that would double as a trip record (or perhaps the other way around).  We committed to ending each day by recording our answers to a set of fixed questions about the trip.  We also answered one variable question, picked at random from a set of cards we had prepared in advance.  The format was the same each day, but naturally, the answers varied as our moods, locations, and experiences evolved.  Most days we remembered to journal…perhaps twice we forgot and twice we voluntarily deferred the entry until the next morning.  We captured all 40+ days of the trip in this manner, so while we weren’t reporting out on our adventures on the blog, we were reliving and recording them.

So what does this all mean?  Well, now that we’re back home and fully connected with a bit of downtime, it means we have six weeks of stories to share…starting tomorrow!   –J.

3 responses

  1. pd_hamilton@comcast.net

    Welcome home! We all miss you both.


    August 1, 2013 at 10:34 pm

  2. Dad

    And….it’s time for you to write 2 books. One for poetry and one covering the last three years of your world journey. I’ll buy the first copy of each……at full price too :)-

    August 1, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    • Sounds perfect! We are planning to hunker down and write this winter. We’ll let you know when the drafts are done. 🙂

      August 2, 2013 at 11:01 am

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