My road trip so far

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My last day at my job was August 18, and the very next morning, I left Minneapolis for a 6,000-mile road trip. I’m two weeks in, and am having such a good time I’ve decided to never get a job again. I will buy a camper and live in KOAs around the country until the day I die, as long as that day comes before my savings account dries up (so… less than a year).

Then again, I would like to see Foxy graduate high school. So I will stay alive and get a job — BUT ONLY FOR THE DOG. As soon as she’s out of the house, I’ll feel free to spiral into squalor and financial ruin. It’s my life.

Speaking of Foxy, she and I are basically conjoined twins these days. We spend every waking minute together (and also every sleeping minute). I fear I’m setting her up for some serious heartbreak whenever it happens that I have to, I don’t know, run to the grocery store or something — but until that day comes, we’re a package deal, and she’s a happy dog. Even if she’s perfected the art of looking sad.

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So far, I’ve found myself in Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Kansas, and Colorado. Today, I point the steering wheel toward Bend, Oregon, and then eastern Washington. I’ve been staying with friends and family so far, but in the coming weeks I’ve booked a few Airbnbs. I’ve used Airbnb before, but always for an empty apartment. These next few stays, I’ll be renting a guest room in an inhabited house — one of which is on, no joke, Killannie Street. KILL ANNIE STREET. Listening to Destiny’s Child’s “Survivor” to pump myself up.

Besides hiking in the mountains and seeing the Dixie Chicks in Denver (favorite concert of my life), of course the best thing about this trip has been catching up with some of my favorite people in some of my favorite places. Every stop, someone has asked me, “So, what’s next for you?” and my inclination is always to blurt out, “Move next door to you!” And it’s never an empty statement. I truly want to live next door to everyone I love (preferably aligned in a wheel with me as the hub) (don’t worry, I’ll situate you next to people you’ll like).

In all seriousness, plans are coming together for the fall. I’ve lined up a way to make some money (it’s not selling drugs), and other than employment, I’m not making any major changes right away. I’m not finished with Minneapolis, and am even excited to get back there.

Until then, hello from the road!

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  1. Lauren Lahm on September 3, 2016 at 9:20 AM

    Yay for roadtrips!! That said, I miss you already and can’t wait to have you and the fox back in MN!!

  2. Peg on September 3, 2016 at 10:45 AM

    So glad to hear the trip is going well

  3. Bryn on September 5, 2016 at 4:27 PM

    I just took a road trip from Maryland to Portland, Oregon with my boyfriend in the beginning of July because I was moving out there. Unfortunately, we had a really tight schedule, so we couldn’t stop and look around or explore, but the scenery was beautiful and I definitely want to go back to some of the places we passed some day. Don’t miss driving through Iowa thought… corn as far as the eye can see.

  4. [not the] Best Blog Ever on September 6, 2016 at 9:14 AM

    Glad to read two things: (1) That you’re having an amazing time on your road trip. And (2) That you’re not finished yet with Minnesota.

    Three things, really: (3) That Foxy is a happy girl these days.

  5. Mark C Allman on September 6, 2016 at 1:05 PM

    I am glad your trip is going great!!

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