Tuesday, October 25, 2005

I'm Back!

It's been a blurry few days, as I readjust to the world of Portland. I got back Saturday night, and now I start the process of rebuilding my life in town. I need to find a new job and eventually a permanent place to stay, all things I don't relish. But after two months of being away, I relish the stability.

Overall, I thought my trip was good. There were definitely bad times as recounted on this blog, and I always stress out about my money situation, but there's always enough good. If there wasn't, I wouldn't be going on crazy two-month trips all the time, would I?

And as said earlier, I don't know how much I will update this thing. But I will be writing more, don't worry. There will be a zine eventually, don't you worry! I will let you know on this blog when it's available.

But this means...the Urban Adventure League is back! Check out that blog now!

Woohoo!

Thanks for reading,
Shawn

Monday, October 17, 2005

Winding Down...

Urgh, not writing as much as I should! Sorry, sorry. To be truthful, as this trip is winding down so is my energy levels in general. I just haven't been that motivated to write lately. And there are still plenty of holes in this travelogue that need to be filled. I'll be plugging in a little more here and there, but I'm doubtful that I'll do it all...for the web-version at least.

Yes, since I am a zinester it means I will be making a zine of this trip. I'll be using some of the posts found on this blog, though I'll definitely be doing some rewriting and editing. And plenty of extras will be filled in, including the holes I've been talking about. Keep posted for more details.

So where am I now? I'm currently in Vancouver, BC where it's being nice and rainy. I left Massachusetts on Sunday October 9 and traveled three days to get here. It was long. And I had a crap experience crossing into Canada. But Vancouver has been good, though I haven't been doing much. I attended CanZine West yesterday, what a blast! It was packed, and I was busy for six hours selling Microcosm goods. Well worth the trip.

I stay in town until Wednesday night, head to Seattle for two days, and I'll be home in Portland on Friday.

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Trimming down the trip

Northampton marks the point furthest east on this trip. Originally (if you read back far enough) I had intended to also stop in Boston, and then head north through Eastern Canada--Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Quebec City, Moncton NB, and finally Halifax. But that's not happening, and now I will head back west from here.

Why am I shortening this over-ambitious trip? Well, I half-answered the question in the question. This trip was over-ambitious. I knew in the back of my head that I didn't have enough money to pull it all off, but I figured I would try as best as I could. I knew I would be making some dough on the road, so I aimed high. Fortunately, I got all the way to New England, and I have enough dough to get back home. Just enough.

And the trip is starting to grow long. I've been on the road for six weeks now, and when it's all done, it will be a full two months of trippin'. If I did my whole Eastern Canada segment, I wouldn't get back to Portland until the second week of November or so. I'm starting to lose energy, which isn't fun when you're constantly moving around. That's partially why I spent over a week in Connecticut, and am spending four days in Northampton. My lack of energy is starting to show. I haven't been "the life of the party" hanging out with Anne, and that sucks when it's someone you haven't seen for over two years.

To drive the point home, there are some important things I need to deal with in Portland by the end of October. Yes, real world responsibilities are creeping up. It will be good to get back to town and get back in the mix.

But the trip isn't totally over. I head back west, but go to Vancouver first for the weekend of the 15th. Canzine Vancouver is happening, a big-up zine show, and I will be representin' myself and the Microcosm. So what if I started my big trip there? I like the town, and like the people in the town. And it's still the Northwest (I'm missing the big trees big time). I'll also stop in Seattle, and be back in Portland around the 21st.

I am disappointed that I won't be going to Montreal, Toronto, or Halifax. I love the first two and looked forward to checking out the last one. But what can I do?

Of Five Colleges.

I'm now in Northampton, Massachussets (or to be more technical, Florence, the town to the west) where I'll be through Sunday. I got up Tuesday night, and boy what an adventure that was, but more on that later. I'm chilling with longtime friend Anne at her nice house. I haven't been doing much yet. I've been riding around town a bit, drinking coffee, and drawing--all pretty standard at this point of the trip. Last night I went with Anne to her etching class, and watched students futz with sharp implements and acid (nice!) Tonight I will be "instructing" a workshop at Flywheel in Easthampton, hopefully that will go well. The rest of the weekend is wide open, and then I start heading west...