Here is an ongoing list of all the articles related to our travels, with the most recent posted at the top.

Just go already!

Part of me feels fortunate to be taking a year off to travel around the world at this point in my life. The other part of me can’t believe it took me so long. I see all those twenty-something backpackers out there traveling long-term and…

All aboard at the world's largest train yard

North Platte, Nebraska is a railroad lover’s paradise, for freight trains in particular. On a daily basis more than 10,000 rail cars rumble through town as they head for the nearby Bailey Yard, the largest train yard in the world. To live…
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Packing for a year on the road

One of the frequent questions we get is, "How do you pack for a year?" The short answer is that you don't. It would be pretty burdensome to carry every item we are going to use or wear for twelve months. The last thing we want to do is travel…

What about all your stuff?

When we tell people about our plans for a year-long trip one of the first questions we are asked is, “What are you going to do with all your stuff?” It seems that there are two camps out there: “Pack Rats” and "Tossers.” To determine…

Either here or there

Are you here or are you there?  The answer depends on if you are a traveler or not. One of the interesting things about taking a year to travel is the response you get from the people you tell about your trip.  Reactions tend to fall…
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The best BBQ dish in America

I have spent several decades traveling around America in search of the best slow smoked meat. This quest has led me on various barbecue pilgrimages, mostly throughout the south, home to some of the finest barbecue in America. Since I'm a yankee…

Bruce Springsteen - A holy relic in denim and sweat

Recently I visited the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio. For some reason I hadn't expected much but it far surpassed my expectations. What I had not predicted was how it would be such a religious experience. There is a special…

The five "Ss" of beating jet lag: sex, sleep...

Upon arriving after an overnight flight the departing passengers often look like a casting call for the latest zombie movie. We trudge wearily off the plane hoping to make it through the day. Usually I want to fall asleep on a nice soft sofa…
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You want mustard on that? - The National Mustard Museum

As a hot dog lover I made a pilgrimage to the National Mustard Museum in Middleton, Wisconsin. Curator Barry Levinson shows up for work every day proudly wearing his Boston Red Sox hat. It’s fitting that Barry wears a Red Sox cap…

Yet another reason to visit Fargo, the Roger Maris Museum

I tend to like museums like the Roger Maris Museum that are devoted to one person. They usually fly under the radar and reflect local civic pride honoring a native son or daughter. The Deke Slayton Memorial Space…