The 80 posts, videos and photo galleries, written, edited and uploaded – fast – in motels during a 3 month road trip are instant snapshots of life as I saw it in passing. I mapped a route from Detroit to Alabama, across to LA, up the west coast and back that took me to the places I knew nothing about (Dripping Springs, Hocking Hills) to see what was there, and to places I knew not enough about (Montgomery, Little Rock, Memphis). I went to Marfa to see Prada Marfa and find out more about Donald Judd, to West for a taste of Czech culture, and to Breaux Bridge to eat crawfish, and went to plenty of places to find out more about the tiny house movement. I saw the Grand Canyon, Big Sur, Hoover Dam, stayed in LA, San Francisco, San Diego, Nashville, New Orleans, but it was the smaller attractions, people in ordinary places and the stretched spaces in between that I enjoyed more.
“The Lord told Job ‘Pull your pants up, punk!'” – baptist preacher, local radio, Alabama.
There are some useful travel tips in there including a list of the motels I stayed at, but this wasn’t a sponsored or supported or commissioned trip and it was done in late 2012/2013 (with a friend who drove). Each post is a slight vignette. If as a whole they serve any purpose, I hope it is as a reminder that wandering is a joy and the ordinary is extraordinary.
The trip runs backwards. The posts are listed under Contents, but here are some favourites.
America: In conclusion | Motels and Shootings | Czeching Out West, Texas | To Grand Canyon & Beyond – just a video shot from the window in changing weather with a brief interlude at one of the wonders of the world | Dam Boring – just because the Hoover Dam is big, doesn’t make it interesting | Mojave (the drive to Vegas) – another dreamy drive, into sin capital | Palm Springs House-Hunting – mid-centuries for when I win the lottery | Ghost Town, New Mexico – rough edited video of one of the most atmospheric AirBnBs | Visiting Marfa, Texas | On the (Texas) Road – a through the window video | New Orleans – this post just colourful doors.