Captain's Log

There and Back Again
Last Stop – Studio City, CA – 6808.8 miles

Well today is the last day of my trip. It's freezing outside in Williams, AZ – literally – 29 degrees. There's frost on my car. How high up am I? And why was my room so warm last night? I actually turned on the air at one point. Male menopause?

It was good to press the "Go Home" button on my GPS.

It's mostly desert out here in Arizona. And the high winds are blowing sand all over. (Is there such a thing as low winds?)

Travel tip: There's no restaurants between Needles, CA and Barstow, CA. So make sure you are not hungry or even just "fine for now." You will regret it. Trust me.

Final thoughts from the road:

Favorite location name: Ten Killer Lake.
Favorite bumper sticker: 1 Cross + 3 Nails = 4 Given... Math + Religion = Awesome.
Favorite road work sign: "My Daddy Works Here" (with a stick figure drawing of a kid).
Favorite state (non-New England): Virginia. Colorado was close, but east of Denver is Nebraska and there's no excuse for that.
Favorite waitress: Naomi at The Big Texan (though she might want to switch to decaf).
Favorite bartender: A tie between Tanika in Cape Cod and the guy who stared at me silently for 10 seconds when I ordered water.
Favorite new acquaintance: Ken Parks! INCONCEIVABLE!
Favorite meal: Three way tie between clam chowder and clam chowder and clam chowder.

So what I have I learned from this recent journey? I learned that America is a huge, beautiful, sprawling, diverse, large, colorful and enormous land that really must be seen to be believed.

Thank you friend, for reading along and, more importantly, thank you for having electricity.


There and Back Again Archive

Stop 1 – Las Vegas, NV

Stop 2 – Silverthorne, NV

Stop 3 – Omaha, NE

Stop 4 – Portage, IN

Stop 5 – Danville, PA

Stop 6 – Cape Cod, MA

Stop 7 – Cape Cod, MA

Stop 8 – Cape Cod, MA

Stop 9 – Cape Cod, MA

Stop 10 – Cape Cod, MA

Stop 11 – Warwick, RI

Stop 12 – Warwick, RI

Stop 13 – Warwick, RI

Stop 14 – Landover Hills, MD

Stop 15 – Knoxville, TN

Stop 16 – Maumelle, AR

Stop 17 – Tucumcari, NM

Stop 18 – Williams, AZ

Last Stop – Studio City, CA
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