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You can afford to lose a day or two

What quote am I vibing? "Slow down you crazy child, take the phone off the hook and disappear for a while. It's alright, you can afford to lose a day or two. When will you realize...Vienna waits for you?" (Billy Joel)

What am I listening to? All the songs from StarStruck's 2018 production of Broadway Kids

What am I reading? The Myth of Sisyphus by Albert Camus

How many days until I get on the road? 69

Me. My map (lonely planet USA Planning Map). Fodor's Travel Pacific Northwest. The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America by Douglas Brinkley. Calendars and such.

Sixty-nine days seems like a long way away, but I think I instinctively knew that planning this epic road trip would take a lot of thought, time, and energy. Theodore Roosevelt didn't go on safaris or river mapping expeditions without a plan, and neither shall I embark on this journey making things up as I go. Hopefully I won't get malaria.

A map is essential. A paper one. Everything makes sense when you touch it.

I will be on the road for over two months. How lucky I am to work from home (or wherever I roam) and to have the support system to make this dream come true. It's okay to lose a day or two, or a month or two, in the grand scheme of things. The things you learn and see when you give yourself that time can make your whole life. I'm sure of it. I can't wait.

So, here is the plan! I will journey to Mt. Shasta, CA, and I will stay there for the entire month of September, 2018 and explore northern California and the Pacific Northwest from that base point. But on my way there, I will make many stops and see many things. I'll tell you more as the time gets closer. For now, enjoy these photos of me looking at my map. (I love my map.)

Me and my map. ♥

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