Short ‘n’ Sweet

Copyright 2015 Marc Allen Mintz

Copyright 2015 Marc Allen Mintz

The only bad part of stealth camping in my truck in the parking lot at the Old Faithful Inn was having to get up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom…   Continue reading

Yellowstonin’

Copyright 2015 Marc Allen Mintz

Copyright 2015 Marc Allen Mintz

The original route had me skipping Yellowstone and going up into Montana, possibly through Glacier National Park.  But after committing to Mt. Rushmore and Crazy Horse after Sturgis, I was on course through Wyoming, had a friend to visit on the other side of the Tetons in Driggs, Idaho, and figured it’d be worth checking out America’s own little super volcano again anyway. Continue reading

The Black Hills Boom

Copyright 2015 Marc Allen Mintz

Copyright 2015 Marc Allen Mintz

There I am.  In a photo on Main Street in Sturgis, South Dakota on the Friday before the official start of the 75th Annual Black Hills Motor Classic.  Wtf? Continue reading

Bikers and Badlands

Copyright 2015 Marc Allen Mintz

Copyright 2015 Marc Allen Mintz

Having to hustle it back west so one-nighters were all I had time for at this point.  And although I’ve tried to keep my driving time shorter than five or six hours a day, when I got to Sioux Falls, South Dakota in the early afternoon- my next planned stop for the night- I just couldn’t see spending the rest of the day there.   Continue reading

I Finally Found A Beach

Copyright 2015 Marc Allen Mintz

Copyright 2015 Marc Allen Mintz

From Grand Rapids I made my way to Grand Haven before I went up to Muskegon to catch the ferry over to Milwaukee and on to Madison.  Sounds like a lot, but so much more convenient than driving around the lake and through Chicago.
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The Grand Detour

Copyright 2015 Marc Allen Mintz

Copyright 2015 Marc Allen Mintz

So I’m getting ready to head out of Pittsburgh and mapping a route to the Chicago area where I thought I’d be stopping for the night.  At the same time I see a social media post of a photograph of my friend Kerri playing drums somewhere in Chicago.  Perfect!   Continue reading

Steel City (Pt. 2)

Copyright 2015 Marc Allen Mintz

Copyright 2015 Marc Allen Mintz

Maybe I was a little hard on DC.  No place in this country is without its quirks, contradictions, hypocrisies, what have you.  And after all, I actually had a good time while I was there.   Continue reading

The City of Sirens

Copyright 2015 Marc Allen Mintz

Copyright 2015 Marc Allen Mintz

Although she is extremely alluring, I don’t mean to imply my friend Lee above is in any way a ‘siren’ in the Greek myth tradition.  Rather than leading you helplessly into danger…well, that’s entirely possible with her….but anyways, you’ll still be a much better off person knowing her.  What I do mean, though, is the constant sound of actual sirens started driving me a little nuts while I was in Washington D.C. for a week visiting Lee, an old friend who has a whole  fascinating story of her own. Continue reading

NYC

Copyright 2015 Marc Allen Mintz

Copyright 2015 Marc Allen Mintz

NYC, you sucked it outta me.  But you gave it back just the same.   Continue reading

Big Apple Bound

Copyright 2015 Marc Allen Mintz

Copyright 2015 Marc Allen Mintz

Hated to leave Pittsburgh and my good buddy Mike, but NYC beckoned.  And I was excited to see my old buddy and housemate Travis, now doing his thing in the big city. Continue reading