Finishing 50 States—From Manhattan, NY to Manhattan, KS

We woke up in Carthage, MO effortlessly, undeterred the night before by the torrential rain and intense winds that soaked our truck and whipped the trees against our window. We bid a friendly goodbye to our motel attendant and went to wander around the square in the center of town. Tiny, quiet shops lined the … Continue reading Finishing 50 States—From Manhattan, NY to Manhattan, KS

Finishing 50 States—Kicks on Missouri Route 66

The first time I tackled Route 66 was over 4 years ago. On that trip, we started in the little town of Amarillo, TX (searching for a route map that we never did find) and skated on through to New Mexico and Arizona full of desert back roads, ghost-like ruins, and vast expanses of open highway … Continue reading Finishing 50 States—Kicks on Missouri Route 66

Finishing 50 States—Thunderstorms & St. Louis Blues

On the road again—we set off early in the morning with a final destination of St. Louis. Our first detour of the day was a stop in Elizabethtown due to Katie’s love for the movie. It was only 45 minutes south and allowed us to skip a portion of I-64 for some prettier backroads. The … Continue reading Finishing 50 States—Thunderstorms & St. Louis Blues

Finishing 50 States—Louisville Sluggers and Fried Chicken

We paid for our all-night dive bar party the next morning…err…afternoon. That Kentucky heat felt like the surface of the sun when we finally emerged from our hotel, squinting like newborn birds. Desperate for nutrients, we walked over to Wild Eggs for breakfast. Tucked into a quiet street, Wild Eggs perfectly satisfied our need for … Continue reading Finishing 50 States—Louisville Sluggers and Fried Chicken

Finishing 50 States—Long Point Trail and on to Louisville

Our rafting clothes did not dry overnight in the truck. I started my day off with a damp hiking shirt and even damper sneakers. This morning we went off to hike the Long Point Trail, a 3.2 mile loop that offers an awesome view of the New River Gorge Bridge. It was a Monday, so … Continue reading Finishing 50 States—Long Point Trail and on to Louisville

Finishing 50 States—West Virginia Whitewater Rafting

Katie has been trying to convince me to go whitewater rafting for weeks. She insists that it’s a positively benign undertaking and not the river deathtrap I envision it to be. After both reading positive reviews and viewing some harrowing videotape footage (big mistake) we decided to just speak to the rafting office after we … Continue reading Finishing 50 States—West Virginia Whitewater Rafting

Finishing 50 States—West Virginia Hills & Valleys

It was that time again—getting back on the road. This trip would bring me to my final 4 states in the 50 states by the age of 30 challenge that I have been undertaking with my girlfriend since our first big trip 4 ½ years ago. We needed to cover West Virginia, Kentucky, Missouri and … Continue reading Finishing 50 States—West Virginia Hills & Valleys

London Bound—Clarity in Winchester

The next day, we chose to take a day trip with my family to a little town called Winchester, which is about an hour from London by train. London is an incredible city, but we craved exploration and a low-key change of scenery. Katie’s uncle lived in Winchester for many years, so the two of … Continue reading London Bound—Clarity in Winchester

London Bound—Our One “Tourist Day”

The day after New Year’s Eve was a bit of a “throw-away”. You can’t stay out until 6am when you’re 29-years-old and expect productivity when you wake up. We did little more than shuffle out of bed (late) in the afternoon and emerge into the land of the living only in time for an early … Continue reading London Bound—Our One “Tourist Day”

London Bound—Welcoming 2017 with Street-Side Champagne

New Year’s Eve day, we made a trip to Portobello Road in Notting Hill to check out the weekend market that runs the length of the street. We met my mother and brother, who are midway through a month-long Euro-trip and linked up with us in London for a couple days. Portobello Road is lined … Continue reading London Bound—Welcoming 2017 with Street-Side Champagne