Monthly Archives: June 2013

Fort Collins to Cheyenne to Vicksburg: It’s all going backward

June 30, Fort Collins, Colo. – I have a peculiar knack for reveling in despair. I know this is an unattractive quality. Sometimes I just can’t help myself. This country is big enough to swallow you whole if you’re not … Continue reading

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Stuck in Casper with the oil-change blues again

June 28, Casper, Wy. – Sometimes your soul gets stuck in an unseen rut of fathomless depths. Next thing you know, you’re out on the road, going nowhere, wondering where you were going in the first place. And so we’re … Continue reading

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West we go across Louisiana

Grande Coteau, La., May 22 – We spent last night at a tiny truck stop in Westwego, a small town in Jefferson Parish on the west bank of the Mississippi River. We crossed the river after dusk, officially closing our … Continue reading

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Hays, Kansas: A three-day homestand

Friday, June 7 –  The day dawned cool and clear. A stillness in the air hinted at hotter days to come. With Becky still sleeping, Max and I took a stroll into the heart of Great Bend. We were in … Continue reading

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May 14, Anniston, Alabama

June 25, Casper, Wy. – Yesterday we arrived in Casper, which lies about two hours south and west of Gillette in the wind tunnel known as Wyoming. I can tell you nothing about Casper you couldn’t learn in a one-minute … Continue reading

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What’s the matter with Kansas?

June 6, Great Bend, Kansas – In an effort to combat the gnawing ennui which puts me on course for despair, I set out for a stroll amid the commercial sprawl that dominates the western stretches of 10th Street, aka … Continue reading

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A kidnapping in the Shenandoah Valley

Before leaving the Virginia Vias to rest in peace in their beautiful valley, there was at least one more family legend I wanted to explore. It had filtered down to me through the grapevine, and I just couldn’t leave it … Continue reading

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