Destination: Portland, Oregon


Only in Portland can you pull up to a red light and find yourself flanked by station wagons:

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Driving the State of Jefferson

Mt. Shasta in Northern California

Mt. Shasta in Northern California


It was upon leaving California that my mind went blank except to consider that I might make it from San Francisco to Seattle in the space of one day.

I did not make it. Pulling into Salem after nine hours in the car, sleep and roadside motels summoned me sooner than I’d hoped. And so I spent a night in Oregon.

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One More Day

Road trip 2014

A rough sketch of the miles to come.

One more day before I begin my solo road trip across the Western United States! Somehow I’ve whittled the packing down to a trunk-size wardrobe that will carry me  through coastal, desert and mountain climates.

Trip stats:

  • 60 driving hours (without traffic, and not counting side trips such as national parks)
  • 4,000+ miles
  • 10+ cities through 7 states
  • countless small towns, national parks and side treks
  • several headaches

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