“The world is a book,” goes a saying attributed to Saint Augustine, “and those who do not travel read only one page.”
I’ve always wanted to do the ‘great American road trip’, but other things in my life have either always gotten in the way or taken priority. But on Monday, September 18th, 2017 I change that and begin a six-week road trip across the Eastern United States.
Parts of the trip will be spent crashing on the couches of supportive friends and relatives on the East Coast. Parts will be spent in my modified ‘urban camping’ vehicle of choice. And one part will be spent at a Buddhist forest monastery participating in a four-day silent mindfulness meditative retreat. That last part isn’t a joke by the way… thank you in advance to my gracious West Virginian hosts the Bhavana Society.
I hope to push some boundaries on this trip. Learn more about myself, and meet some amazing new people along the way.
To be totally honest, I don’t really know what to expect from this trip. I just know that it’s something that I have to do, or I’ll regret it the rest of my life.
Thank you again to all my friends and family for all the support and kind words of encouragement I’ve received as I’ve planned this trip. It’s gone from being something that I would reflect wishfully on at night, to being an playful exercise in imaginative trip planning, to now being a reality.
I hope you enjoy browsing the site as much as I enjoyed putting it together.
On one last note though, much of this journey was inspired in many ways during my freshman year of college, when part of my required reading list was a book titled “Into the Wild”. Without going into too much detail it outlines the true life story of a man named Chris McCandless, who after college leaves everything behind and begins to travel America. I have no plans on following his path into the wilderness of Alaska, but near the end of the book, and the unfortunate end of Chris’ story he writes in the margin of one of his books one of the insights he’s gained from his journey; and it’s a phrase that’s always stuck with me.
“Happiness only real when shared.”
I agree. And that’s why I’ve put this site together.