Summer's HERE! Yay!
When I was describing my upcoming trip (actually two trips in one that I'll explain below) —Annapolis to Anchorage in an Accord or Bust - to a friend that we are staying with on Day 2 of the trip, she exclaimed, "that is not an ordinary trip, that's a pilgrimage!"
So, to get the tone or meaning right, I looked it up for more clarity:
A pilgrimage is a journey, often into an unknown or foreign place, where a person searches for new or expanded meaning about themselves, others, nature, or a higher good, through experience. It can lead to a personal transformation, after which the pilgrim returns to their daily life.
I think the above describes what I'd like to achieve in the 10,000 miles over the next four weeks, beginning Monday, June 27th.
The outbound trip includes my two guys driving out to Colorado with me. But it's not a linear drive. We are stopping on the Kentucky Bourbon trail (two tours set up by Ryan), plus two MLB (Major League Games) in St. Louis and Kansas City. Once in Colorado, I drop off Bill and Ryan and pick up my travel companion and good friend, Linda Misencik. We will car camp and strap it in the sedan to begin a lifetime journey, or only a good back can endure going that distance.
Packing will be essential. Besides our clothing gear, a cooler, and camping equipment, I've got insurance with a brand new tire and the donut, all at the ready if needed.