"Twenty years from now you'll be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the things you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." ~ Mark Twain
- The Author
- 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!
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
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
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Yay! I'm so glad I get to share in the adventure through blog! The Squirrel and Chipmunk museum sounds so amazing. You'll have to tell me all about it. Be safe, friend!ReplyDelete
A three-hour tour? A three-hour tour?ReplyDelete
The weather started getting rough, the tiny ship was tossed . . .
Good luck Matthew! Rock on!
ok...so i'm confused - how on earth do you have internet in a tent???ReplyDelete
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!ReplyDelete