About Me

Tired of the mundane and craving an adventure, on Saturday, May 22nd, 2010, I embarked on the ultimate American road trip through all fifty states. After nearly a year and a half on the road, on a budget of less than 50 bucks a day, this is my story...

My First Day on the Road!

It's currently 12:15am, the night of Saturday May 22nd, 2010. This is the first day of my journey through the U.S. I am situated in my tent, maybe only 100 feet from Lake Superior. I got to my tent site at approximately 6:30pm today. I'm so lucky to have turned around and checked out this campsite (Washburn Memorial Park campground: http://www.cityofwashburn.org/parks.htm#morial) on my way to the more expensive one a ways down the road. It's only $15! I saved 7 dollars, which is a quite a bit, and every dollar counts - I need to be as frugal as comfortably possible :) I'll be tent camping as much as I can, and splurging on cheap motels when it's raining, etc.

I shipped off from my dad's place today at around 2pm. Man, it sure took longer fitting my belongings into my vehicle this time! I did a test run before to make sure everything would fit. It'll get faster with each time I do it I suppose. Anyway, my route was I-35N to Duluth, then Hwy 2 E then Hwy 13 N up to the Bayfield area, so that I can experience the 3-hour cruise (http://www.apostleisland.com/) around the Apostle Islands (http://www.nps.gov/apis/historyculture/wonder.htm) tomorrow!


Today's curiosities:
1. The DQ (Dairy Queen) in Washburn has the cleanest public restroom I've ever seen. Great, big deal - BUT - they furnished it with knick-knacks and tankcloths (tablecloths for the toilet tank). Have you ever been greeted by a hubble sitting on a red and white-cloth checkered toilet tank-staring, up at you with a big smile on his face? Was NOT expecting that.

2. Outhouse with a satellite dish - just standin' there in the middle of a field next to the interstate!

3. Bar with gas pumps. Have you ever after a long night of drinking gotten in your vehicle, only to realize the mo' fo' is out of gas? Don't let your intoxication fool you - those ARE gas pumps over there, and YES, they ARE functional. Go for it, you winner, you.

4. Pamida. Yeah.

THE LIST (of ordered things I intend to see in WI)

Apostle Islands - Bayfield
Door County - Fish Creek & Sturgeon Bay
Hotel Hell - Maribel
Wisconsin Dells
Circus World Museum - Baraboo
Concretion Museum - Arena
Taliesen - Spring Green
House on the Rock - Spring Green
Squirrel & Chipmunk Museum - Madison
Cheese Country - New Glarus & Monroe
Milwaukee Art Museum
Lake Geneva


  1. A three-hour tour? A three-hour tour?
    The weather started getting rough, the tiny ship was tossed . . .
    Good luck Matthew! Rock on!

  2. ok...so i'm confused - how on earth do you have internet in a tent???

  3. verizon air card - SO worth the $60/month. i'm sitting in my tent at devil's lake state park (will create more blog entries soon) as we speak!


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