One year

We left home a year ago. We sold most of our possessions, donated hundreds of books, and stored what we had left in the corner of my mom’s basement. On the day we were supposed to leave, our alternator died. Then the clutch cable snapped. After making the repairs with significant help from our mostContinue reading “One year”

Texas Wine Trail

You know about California wines. Everyone knows about California wines and the madness that is Napa (for once not the auto parts store—which is also madness). New York and Washington wines have their claims to fame as well. Let’s not forget some of the best wine we’ve ever had in Michigan too. But did youContinue reading “Texas Wine Trail”

Georgia in review

Georgia. Our plans for Georgia changed more than any state on this trip so far. Originally, we were going to stop through Athens to see one of Miracle’s friends and then wander south into Savannah before taking the A1A into Florida. Then, we interviewed my former neighbor, Ben, and he told us about his palContinue reading “Georgia in review”

Holiday Gift Ideas

I am notoriously bad at holiday gift-giving. This is not to say that I am generally bad at gift-giving; it’s that I generally hate the holidays—namely the let’s keep the Christ in Capitalism part. I worked three soul-sucking years in retail and, folks, let me tell you: people are at their worst, most base selvesContinue reading “Holiday Gift Ideas”


North Carolina wins the prize for most dog-friendly state thus far. Not only are dogs allowed in regular stores where it shouldn’t be an issue (like hardware stores, auto parts stores, etc.), dogs are allowed in some bars. Dogs are a part of the family here. Campgrounds haven’t uncharged us for having a dog. DogsContinue reading “Dog-friendly!”

Connecticut: We’re cat people

We were really looking forward our romp across Connecticut and Rhode Island. Mostly, I was excited about the people we had met online and were then able to meet in real life. Miracle’s friend, Chuck, welcomed us into their home for dinner, which included clam pizza. If you haven’t tried it, don’t knock it. ThatContinue reading “Connecticut: We’re cat people”

Rest and exhaustion

Six states so far and so much has happened—great hosts in Maryland, a fabulous winery in New Jersey right after we got off the ferry, a stop at Bus Depot (more on that later). After ten days of insufferable heat, we finally got a break in the weather as well as a chance to sleepContinue reading “Rest and exhaustion”

Indiana / Michigan Round Up

Our final shakedown trip took us to what some call America’s third coast—the Great Lakes. Specifically, we drove the coast of Lake Michigan, trolling the beaches, talking with locals, camping, and, of course, sampling the wines. Here are some of the highlights: