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Belleplain State Forest, New Jersey

At last, an interesting place to stay. When I started researching for this roadtrip, one thing I noticed is that people often have “themes” that they use for their travel books, guides, personal roadtrips, etc. For example, someone would visit all the roadside diners on their trip; lighthouses is a ...

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Cape Henlopen State Park, Delaware

Well this should be easy. I hardly feel like I can even consider today a day. Seems like there should be more to this.

But anyway, I had an amazing night’s rest last night. It was perfect. I had no problems with insects. The weather was impeccable, keeping me ...

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Assateague Island National Seashore, Maryland

Indeed last night was terrible. Just awful. Not that I made the wrong decision to stay with my tent at the campground (instead of taking Lissa’s offer for a couch indoors), but it was pretty bad. The super-thunderstorm I had seen approaching Onancock never made it to the campground ...

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Cheriton, Virginia

Today’s journal was to start out with paragraph three; I knew it from last night even. But in the blessed events that took place tonight, right out of the thin, blue air, I have to start a little different. A little more positive. So that’s the purpose of ...

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Virginia Beach, Virginia

Really, I slept pretty good. I took some Nyquil substitute, so I’m sure that didn’t hurt, but the breezes rolling off the ocean were smooth and incessant, rolling right over the dunes and into my tent. They whipped my top flaps into the side of the tent enough ...

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Frisco, Hatteras Island, North Carolina

There’s something about impeccable sunny weather, a beautiful island, and a motor scooter that somehow adds up to a damn fine day. I did it first in Egina, Greece, one of the better days of my life, and then again today on Ocracoke Island, North Carolina.

After a slow ...

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Morehead City, North Carolina

I had a pretty leisurely day so maybe this won’t take too long.

Sleeping in the humid air of Myrtle Beach didn’t really go as bad as I might have imagined. I woke up semi-wet a few times, which is the worst really, but I did sleep fairly ...

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Myrtle Beach State Park, South Carolina

Today was soooo hot. So hot. Really bad hot. The heat was today’s distinctive characteristic. Get the point?

I enjoyed the conditioned air of the hostel later than anyone else. Come nine, I was the only one left in bed, but I was proud. I made hasty work of ...

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Charleston, South Carolina

It kind of fails as a controlled experiment, but I would have taken a day like today any way I could get it. What I mean is, I’m not sure which had more to do with it: the absolutely flawless weather or a nearly flawless night’s rest. I ...

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Charleston, South Carolina

I don’t know if I’m just a different person or if this type of traveling is just substantially different than European backpacking, but I don’t seem to be doing too well — feeling well — about how this is going. Today I’m tired and weak and seem to ...

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Spartanburg, South Carolina

This melancholy rain has got me down. Well it did, anyway. I’m over it now (so is the rain), but it really did spoil the best part of the day.

I woke up late. After 8 even, but it was my first night in a new time zone, so ...

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Great Smoky Mountains, Tennessee

My poor backpack has been through a lot. It’s still in near perfect shape, which is a true testament to it’s excellent design and construction… and worth. When I was leaving my nest at home and heading off to college, I had picked out the perfect backpack (one ...

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Crossville, Tennessee

Hot girl: “Do you like country music?

Me: “Umm, no.

Hot girl: “Oh.

Wrong answer, and I knew it before she even replied. I was in Nashville, Tennessee of all places, so I knew the right answer was “yes, it’s the best” To make it worse (I guess) she ...

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Land Between the Lakes, Tennessee

So I crossed the Mississippi today. Three times. I get so comfortable with always guessing where I’m headed that sometimes I forget it’s actually important to know. So I didn’t make the right turn to cross the Ohio, and instead crossed the Mississippi back into Missouri and ...

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Hermann, Missouri

I’ve always had amazing luck with traveling. Good karma, I guess. Never has anything been stolen from me while traveling (well, very little), and the only thing I lost on my continental Europe trip was my favorite pen — a two dollar Zebra from Wal*Mart. So why the surprise ...

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