Going with a more informal style for this post. Think of this as that page in a magazine where they give you news snippets and sound bites that, while interesting, are not sufficient to warrant a full article.
Let’s get things started with a handful of trip statistics.
- Miles traveled: 7,372
- State borders crossed: 16
- Highest recorded speed: 100 mph
- Highest recorded temperature: 102°
- Number of times pulled over by cops: 4
- Walmart parking lots slept in: 3
- Bottles of wine bought and consumed: 3
- Buffalo seen: several dozen
- Buffalo eaten (by the entire town of Thermopolis): 1
- Number of times I missed New Jersey: 0
Now, a month spent on the road can serve as an education of sorts. Here’s what I learned.
- How to pump gas
- In some parts of the country, cowboy is still a legitimate career option
- Stay far, far away from Gary, Indiana
- Dubuque, Iowa was once home to the most millionaires per capita of any town in the United States
- Cerveza means beer
- The following three albums are fantastic: xx by The XX, Lonerism by Tame Impala, and The Heist by Macklemore
- Hannibal Buress is a very funny man. Look him up.
- Our skies are quite spacious, our grain is most certainly amber in color, and our mountains are more than a little majestic
And, finally, here are my Top 8 Moments (I’ve yet to mention).
8) Seeing the dawn break in the far distance at 3:45 AM in Cody, Wyoming.
7) Eating the most delicious ice cream sundae of my life at a dairy bar (didn’t even know that was a thing) in Freeport, Illinois.
6) Experiencing my first walk-off when David Ortiz hammered a three-run shot into the visitor’s bullpen.
5) Morning run along the shore of Lake Michigan.
4) Turning a corner on our approach to Portland to see the city skyline all lit up.
3) Flicking a dime over the edge of the Golden Gate Bridge – it’s quite a long way down.
2) Watching a little girl correctly point out our location on a globe in Yellowstone.
1) A conversation I had with a Cleveland cemetery curator, which produced this quote: “I don’t like people, that’s why I bury them one at a time.”
So, if this whole writing thing doesn’t pan out and I never outgrow my misanthropic tendencies, it’s good to know I have something to fall back on.