Well… it’s been a long four and a half months on the road, and I’m sad to say the Summer 2015 US Ogre Tour is coming to an end. We’ve put over 10,000 miles on the Mazda and I’m not sure the old gal can handle much more.
We’re currently in Austin, TX now, house and pet-sitting, eating BBQ, listening to live music, and just enjoying air conditioning. I’m furiously power ranking national parks, and am hoping to have them up tomorrow. Those will be followed by more detailed posts on Yellowstone and Grand Teton, the last parks of our trip, and also by a few other posts on random ideas I’m determined to get down now.
Looking back over the past few months, I’ve learned some new skills. I’m especially proud that I know how to follow a trail with a map and start a fire with the little scrapey thing. I’m really good at packing and re-packing my whole life into the Mazda. I have generally become more comfortable not having a plan, job, or permanent address. I miss not having a source of ongoing intellectual stimulation but am learning a ton about how the interwebs work while writing and managing this blog.
Adam has figured out that we can hike a lot further in a day if my pack is not too heavy. He’s figured out how to find really cheap places to sleep before I panic and book a crappy but expensive hotel. He notices when I’m getting hangry, and reacts appropriately with food.
So, what’s next, you ask?
Well… over the next month, we’re hitting Chicago, Indiana, Maryland and Arkansas for a few weddings and to see the family, and then taking off for Southeast Asia. We’ll start with Vietnam and Cambodia and see where things go from there. Keep an eye out, you’ll see it here first!