Westbounding

(Imagine a photo of a beautiful sunset on the road here…South Dakota and Wyoming are no good for cell reception and wi-fi!)

Having to pick it up a bit to get back West to Oregon for the second hard date of my trip, thus no time for posting.  Once there, I’ll be settling in for a few weeks and putting together a mother load that will include: pirates, ships, ferries, the Coast Guard, motorcycles, dead presidents, bad-ass lands, THE best detour and much more.  Thanks again for coming along!

The City of Sirens

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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

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Copyright 2015 Marc Allen Mintz

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

Big Apple Bound

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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

Steel City (Pt. 1)

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Copyright 2015 Marc Allen Mintz

“Still” not “Steel” is how it’s said here….by at least some of the residents versed in Pittsburghese.  Their variation of “you all” is “yins” or “yuns” and they tag “an that” to whatever they’re going to be doing (e.g., “We’re dahntahn watchin’ the Bucs, gonna get some drinks an that.)  Some natives aren’t fans of Pittsburghese, but I think it adds to the charm.  Turns out this hub of the formerly called Rust Belt is full of it. Continue reading

The (Midwestern) South

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Copyright 2015 Marc Allen Mintz

Lexington, Kentucky.  My first real taste of the South….or (Midwestern) South as it was described to me for the first time.   Continue reading

We Interrupt Your Normally Scheduled Road Trip Post….

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Copyright 2015 Marc Allen Mintz

Well, I ran into my real first setback on the trip… Continue reading

ABCs of the Road: Armadillos, B-2 Bombers, and Great American Cities

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Copyright 2015 Marc Allen Mintz

On the road again heading east out of Topeka, Kansas.  My next “official” stop was in Lexington, Kentucky about 10 hours away.  That was over my one day limit so I scoped out a little more than halfway point south of Mt. Vernon, Illinois.   Continue reading

Heartland

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Copyright 2015 Marc Allen Mintz

So after a beautiful weekend in Longmont, CO I headed east for my next stop in Topeka, KS.   Continue reading

Colorado Girl

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Copyright 2015 Marc Allen Mintz

So we had a pretty lazy day after the big wild game cook-off.  But the weather had suddenly turned fantastic so we headed down to Boulder for some dinner and a walk down Pearl Street.   Continue reading