What's the deal with the current trip?
I can't make things easy on myself. When I plan a trip, I want it epic.
Ever since I took my first "epic" trip back in 1998 (a two-week coast-to-coast roadtrip), my thirst for bigger, longer, more ambitious adventures grows stronger and stronger. If I don't take at least a month long journey every year, I feel imbalanced.
Sometimes I like to think that there is a giant red "reset" button inside my head. From time to time I need to hit that reset button and reprioritize my life, uncomplicate the areas that have become too complicated. And nothing does a better job of hitting that reset button than traveling. During a trip I can look back at my Portland life with critical distance, and figure out what's good and what's bullshit. When I get back to town I'm refreshed and am ready to jump back into the mix.
So what does this current trip have in store for me?
I'll be starting around August 20th. I'll be heading north first, out to Vancouver Island to hang out in Victoria and do some bicycle riding. Then onto the BC mainland for Vancouver, one of my most favorite cities, and a comic show.
I swing back south state-side to Seattle then hop a train eastward to Minneapolis at the beginning of September. From there, I will be taking a 400 mile bike ride to Chicago, enjoying the beautiful scenery along the way and stopping in Madison and Milwaukee. If time is tight, I'll take the train to Chicago.
From Chicago, I'll make my way eastward, maybe making a stop in Champaign-Urbana. I'll check out DC, then New York City, and then spend some good amount of time in my hometown, New Haven, Connecticut.
It's October and now the trip heads north. Boston, Northampton, Mass. and a train ride west across New York State to Rochester, where I'll ferry across Lake Ontario to Toronto for Canzine.
I'll spend quite some time in Eastern Canada, from Toronto to Montreal to Halifax to Moncton, NB, and possibly Quebec City and Ottawa. Before the weather gets too bad, I'll either head westward through Canada, or maybe I'll head southward? I don't know yet. It's still a while away.
Not everything above is written in stone, expect some changes and alterations. Keep posted to this blog for changes. If you have any info and advice about any of the places listed above, please let me know.
Yes, it's a crazy trip! How will I do it all? I don't know. I'll just do it.
If you are wondering how I will be getting around, here's how: the train. Not train hopping (sorry all you hobos) but passenger rail. Stateside will be mostly provided by Amtrak, while Canadian rail adventures will be on Via Rail. There'll be other conveyances added in, like the ferries to get me back and forth from Vancouver Island. But the primary place to place travel mode will be the train. And I'm bringing my bike too! Forget driving or flying, I want my travels to be interesting.
And interesting they shall be.