My 11 Favorite Instagram Images of #RunningTo

I saw some incredible things for 282 days on the road. Met some even more incredible people. Took countless pictures of all those things and people and priceless experiences. For this week’s #RunningTo memorial, I figured I would TRY compiling my 11 favorite Instagram images from my continental road trip. I literally looked at every single picture and picked about 50 candidates. It was kinda devastating condensing this list to just 11 entries, but I feel good about this group. These 11 pictures carry precious […]

Embracing the New “No Collar” in Me

I’ve always been a huge Survivor fan. Though my fanfare has waned in recent years, the grandfatherly reality show remains compelling to me. This current season has pitted a tribe of “white collar” people against a tribe of “blue collars” against a tribe of so-called “no collars.” We can all envision the suited white collar person indoors and the grimy blue collar person sweating outside. But what of the no collars? In Survivor terms, these people are the crazies. The ones with rogue tattoos and piercings, […]

Weekly Web Wanderings: I’m Going to France in 2033

It’s that special time of the week where I condense the very best of my world wide web wanderings into a single post. As always, you can follow me on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest for all my wonderful web wanderings as they occur throughout the week. Onward to the WWW! ARTICLE So, apparently this Mont Saint-Michel place in France turns into an island every 18 years because of the rising “supertide.” WHAT. Is it insane if I went ahead and put a trip to France on […]

My 11 Favorite Coffee Shops in America

After spending 282 days on the road in 48 states, I encountered dozens of coffee shops. I hit plenty of Paneras and Starbuckses from coast to coast, but I visited many local coffee shops as well. The stereotypical writer in a coffee shop that I am, all this coffee shop hopping was actually one of my favorite facets of #RunningTo. They might seem to blend together with all those other buildings further fueling America’s dependence on foreign beans. But you learn so much about a […]

Nothing Lasts. That’s the Beauty.

Before I embarked on what would ultimately amass a 9-month quest across the continent, I invested in some business cards with a personal quote on the back. Those 22 words soon encompassed something so much more than a mere road trip: I tend to wander. It doesn’t make me lost; it just helps me find things I didn’t know I was looking for. Now beyond the confines of Mile #26,301, that quote isn’t just a little quip anymore. It’s real; it’s my real life. Just the other […]

Weekly Web Wanderings: To Live in a Van

This is an exciting day. After a year-long hiatus, I’m finally bringing it back: my favorites from the last week in Internet! It’s The Weekend WOW — — actually, introducing my new series, Weekly Web Wanderings. WWW will similarly feature my favorite discoveries from this past week on the Internet, including music and blogs and tweets and whatever else I deem worthy of your wandering. You can also follow me on Twitter and Facebook for my wonderful web wanderings as they occur throughout the […]

My “Struggle Central” Audiobook is Now Available!

I wrote a book two years ago. It was my first, and I called it Struggle Central — a quarter-life collection of my messy memoirs. It started as an ebook because I had no idea what I was doing as a self-publisher. I figured I’d take this whole book-building process slow and steady. A few months went by, dozens of people left me supportive emails and reviews, and I figured it was time to turn the crank on my book’s next evolution — the paperback. […]

#RunningTo Stats: By the Numbers

Last week my nine-month road trip finally crossed the finish line in Charlotte. It’s been an interesting week, to say the least — a unique week of an unsettling settling. I’m certain I’ll have more to blog about as this altogether new journey in the Queen City unfolds, but in the meantime I want to immortalize my now completed road trip. Each week for the next few weeks, I’ll be posting a #RunningTo memorial. A chance to reflect upon the last nine […]