About the Trip

For years I wanted to take a cross-country road trip on my own, and I fortunately had the opportunity in July of 2005.  It was an incredible experience covering almost 12,000 miles of the country in 30 days.  I visited several states and saw 17 National Parks, but one of the biggest realizations I had afterwards was despite all of that, there was still so much of the United States left to see.  And so, I committed myself to taking another trip across the U.S., and I would allow myself at least 3 months time to see more cities, more parks, more friends, and more of the lesser-known areas of this country.  And not only will I be traveling in the U.S., but I also plan to visit many parts of Canada, particularly Western Canada as I make my way up to Alaska.

You might have noticed the subtitle of this blog: “Georgia to New York, by way of Alaska.”  In the midst of the road trip, I will be moving back home to Endwell, NY after living in Acworth, GA for the past several months.  When back in New York, I will be laying low back with my family as I prepare for a potential volunteer opportunity abroad starting in 2011.

In 2005 I made a cross-country trip.  In Summer 2010, I will be making zigzagging my way through America, Canada, and everything in-between.  I can’t wait.

My rough plan

  1. chrissy
    March 27, 2010 at 9:31 am

    sweeeet! can’t wait for you stop by VA! wish i could join you for the rest of it 🙂

  2. Jennifer Loup
    May 3, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    Can’t wait to ‘read all about it’! So jealous. I have some relatives all over the country – if I give you a list, would you pop in on them and say hello? I have some that would even be willing to give you a bed.. southern CA and VA beach are the ones I would trust to stay with… if you are interested, let me know.

  3. Margaret
    May 3, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    Joe, that sounds truly amazing. I admire your courage. It takes bravery to make adventures happen. I am looking forward to hearing about what you see along the way – and I’m curious about the volunteer opportunity you’re looking into for the future. If you find yourself passing through Delaware (don’t blink or you’ll miss it), you are welcome to stay with me. Congrats on your big trip. “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” ~St. Augustine

  4. Maverick
    May 30, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    ICE! Good luck with your trip! Hope all goes well on the highway to the danger zone! I will see you in about a week buddy! ~Maverick

  5. Ramonda
    June 3, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    Thought I would check out your progress. Nice to see and (kinda) hear from you. I’ll check every week or two to see how you are doing. Hope all is well.

  6. Raul
    June 9, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    Looks like you’re cruising right along. I’ll catch you when you get up to NY. I’m sure you’re thrilled to see all Binghamton has to offer. Hahaha. See ya soon, bud.

  7. Carolyn
    June 16, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    Wow Joe!! What you’re doing is amazing. I wish you much luck on your journey. Tell everyone in Binghamton I said “Hello”!! Keep us all posted and stay safe!

  8. Rob
    June 23, 2010 at 11:14 pm

    amigo – when are you headed to texas? we leave here on the 7/4 going to Tenn.

    • June 24, 2010 at 1:47 am

      Seems like I’ll just miss you guys. I’ll be probably be heading into Texas right around the 4th, when you guys are hitting the road.

  9. Elyse
    July 15, 2010 at 2:29 am

    Hi Joe! What a fantastic site you have put together,allowing us all to share in your adventure! We are looking forward to your arrival in Las Vegas where we can show you there is more to Vegas than the Strip! (BUT, you still have to go to the Strip to make your experience complete!)
    Is Colleen going to meet you here?
    We have room for all!
    See you soon,
    Elyse & Jim

  10. Laurie Praefke
    August 7, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    Hi Joe,
    The site is great. I enjoy reading about your adventures. The photos are amazing. They could be postcards! Stay safe.

    • August 10, 2010 at 2:20 am

      Thanks a lot, Laurie. Reminds me of back in 2005 when all my Seton friends were following the trip then. Hopefully see you back in NY come fall.

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