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Connected States:  Living Out of a Van in the Badlands

There’s something magical about traveling alone. Yes, there are more risks involved, but it pays dividends in nimbleness. Eventually, though, you get tired of talking to yourself (or your GoPro), you have trouble following your audiobook, and you’ve been through all of your pre-downloaded music. Having an ally on your… » 8/25/15 5:20pm Tuesday 5:20pm

How the Hell Did I End Up in Michigan?

Welcome back to the Connected States, the project that involves me living in a van for a year, driving around and telling stories. After going live last week I was absolutely overwhelmed by the positive response. I received so many tips, well-wishes, and offers of help that I haven’t been able to respond to them all… » 7/30/15 10:00am 7/30/15 10:00am

Nepal's Fifteen-Hour Jeep Ride From Hell

The Jeep Ride From Hell is a 15 hour journey (if you're lucky) from the Nepalese town of Salleri to Kathmandu. There's a reason why it's a "jeep" and not a bus. That reason is that the "roads" are anything but; we often needed four-wheel drive to cross streams, get out of ruts, and make it through mud. All while… » 1/02/15 10:55am 1/02/15 10:55am

Epic 26-year road trip is a great love story with a heartbreaking ending

Gunther Holtorf spent the last 26 years on a road trip around the globe with Christine, a total stranger who met him in Africa after he published ad asking for a companion in a German magazine. His journey includes 177 countries, 549,000 miles (884,000 kilometers) and loads of pictures taken from his old Leica. » 10/14/14 7:23pm 10/14/14 7:23pm

1930s Steam Cooker Uses Car Exhaust To Cook For, Poison Your Family

Before the advent of the drive-through, families on road trips were stumped by the dilemma of how to have a hot meal ready at any time during their travels. But never fear, 1930s road warrior — hook up this automatic food cooking contraption to your exhaust pipe and your car will prepare your dinners for you! » 4/19/08 11:30am 4/19/08 11:30am