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I didn't sell my car before I left to travel the world. I kept it in my mom's garage with strict orders to run it every once in a while and to have my sister drive it whenever she came by. Of course, when I came home, 15 months later, it was completely dead. I suppose I could have sold it before I left, but my original plan involved coming home after nine months to road trip around the US. That was before I fell in love with Asia and stayed months longer than planned....

"We have to take Valry on adventures or else she's going to leave again." Heather   Since I came home from traveling around the world, Heather has decided that we need to take adventures,to keep me excited, so I won't leave again to travel. Of course, I already am planning to leave again to travel to Guatemala, but we might as well have a little fun while I'm in Chicago no matter what. Being Halloween, we decided to spend a day traveling to the Bear Den Zoo Pumpkin Farm in Waterford, Wisconsin to go pumpkin picking. (And to stop at a few must-see roadside...

After Baconfest, so long ago, we bummed around a bar sipping waters to drown down the grease. I left early for a walk across the loop that was much needed to burn off the fatty bacon that was festering in my stomach. There was an event that night for Obscura Day that I needed to get to: Erika Nelson, creator of The World's Largest Collection of the World's Smallest Versions of the World's Largest Things, was giving a lecture. Erika is a road tripper and artist who has devoted much of her life to visiting roadside attractions and creating a few...

Sunday we woke up early after the bluegrass festival and I made the executive decision to cut my trip a day short. I allotted two days to get back but looking over my map I kept thinking I'd probably only end up a few hours from home anyways. So I decided to cut out a few things and just drive. And drive I did. I drove a little through Asheville and didn't see a thing I was looking for. I did have a man wish me safe travels at a gas station because he saw that I was "far from home."...

Sadie had to work this morning but when she was done she raced back home to start our day's adventure! She got a nice slice of a day in the life of Silly America, and I got a nice slice of NC BBQ (quite literally!) Out first stop was Korner's Folly, a house that contains 22 rooms spread out over 7 levels on 3 floors...

Thursday. After a bagel with Will. After a quick stop at the rest area because Flopsy needed a bathroom break. After a detour to see a big pencil. I left Virginia and rolled my way into North Carolina. I headed out to Mt. Airy, North Carolina: AKA Mayberry. A town devoted to Andy Griffith. And I met up with Sadie! Sadie is a HungrySister who I know through competitive eating and is awesome and saw that I kind of had not much to do for a bit and offered to let me come stay with her a day earlier than planned! In "Mayberry" there was a...

It's weird how unweird things are sometimes. Like how you can spend a night hanging out with someone you met in a bar in a foreign country two years ago and hadn't seen since and how it's weird but not really that weird at the same time. Like Wednesday. Wednesday I woke up in a cheap Super 8. I bided my time watching Food Network as I got ready for the day and didn't check out until right before the 11am check out as I still had no idea what the actual plan for the day was. Determined to get coffee that wasn't...

Sometimes a trip seems a day or two too long. It can happen when you need to get from point A to point B to point C and point B is only in town on a Wednesday and point C is going on on a Saturday and there was no reason not to leave point A on the previous Saturday. And so you just have all this extra time and not enough planned out to see. And let me tell you, I'm a planner. Yesterday and today were just those days. When I set out planning I wasn't sure where or...

I made the decision, this morning, on the second day of my Virginia road trip, to make a b-line for Alexandria. I had a few stops at roadside attractions scheduled but nothing really stood out and I figured I'd rather make it to Virginia early. And by early I mean early afternoon. I did drive by a giant cross which was not as impressive as the world's largest cross in Effingham. And I stopped off to see the world's largest apple. Which was awesome. And then I drove to Alexandria to see Rob and Christine. We chilled around their place and watched Plan 9...