LAX > EWR, then California by way of northern Washington and Sioux Falls and Saratoga Springs. A roundabout way to make it out west, for sure—heading 3,000 miles east by air only to turn around for another 4,000 behind the wheel—but: the best laid plans, etc.
I just ran out of love for New York is all, ran out of things I needed to see there. There’s too much of the rest of this country I still need to see—or whatever of it’s left at least: Steinbeck was already warning fifty years ago of a dull uniformity sweeping across the American cultural landscape with the advent of the television; now that everyone and everything is networked to the hilt I’ve got to believe whatever remains is fast being assimilated, and I desperately want to see the places we’re losing. I want to work out of small town diners; I want to witness the Bakken; I want to drive the Blue Highways.
So I got rid of all my shit, all the IKEA and the electronics and all the rest of the garbage weighing me down, packed a few boxes with the handful of memories I care about and left them in a family member’s garage in Jersey, then threw a couple wooden crates of books in the back of my Jeep along with some stuffsacks of camping gear, a mountaineering pack, a bear canister full of food—and anyway this is home now, at least for as long as I can pull it off.
Some… derive the word [saunterer] from sans terre, without land or a home, which, therefore, in the good sense, will mean, having no particular home, but equally at home everywhere.
This has been a lifelong dream of mine. I did it fifteen years ago, lived out of a pickup truck part-time from ‘98 to ‘00—but the world was a lot different then (think paper atlases and disposable film cameras and Motorola StarTACs). Yet in 2014—thanks to MacBook Airs and coffee shop wi-fi and personal hotspots and HipChat and Skype—I can be on the other side of the country and still very much be an active part of the day-to-day at Giphy.
But first a vacation: some cross-country driving followed by a seven-day solo trek to the most remote location in the lower 48. If you should have any interest in following along I’ll be posting photos on Instagram and keeping a road journal here.
OK see you soon <3