Coitus Interruptus, The Can Man, and Free Pancakes

Taking to the road isn’t always a rewarding and romantic experience. Mode of travel, willingness to go with the flow, and general attitude, among other things, can determine the kinds of interactions and experiences you have along the way. I’ve been on road trips before where I met almost no one and did close to nothing besides get drunk, read, sleep, eat, wander, and repeat. This time however, has been different from the very beginning. Sobriety aside, it seems like every time I throw my leg over the bike I’m bound to have a strange or rewarding interaction, often both, or see something I wouldn’t […]

Seattle to Yachats for New Year 2017

Seattle, WA to Yachats, OR / 370 miles / New Year 2017   A few days before Christmas, I woke up and did what I had been doing first thing every morning for the past month, I checked the weather in every town along the Pacific Coast from Seattle, WA to Monterey, CA for as far into the future as I could see. I wanted to get on the road as soon as possible. I’d been in Seattle for nearly two weeks already and I was beginning to feel the effects of sitting around, lazily smoking too much pot, eating too much delicious heavy food, and not […]

I’m Alive

By now the chill has worked its way deep into my bones. I look down to my right and see the frost piled up in firm heaps on the side of the road, taunting me. My body remembers when I ran away at ten years old and ended up with my first case of mild hypothermia. I can feel the shivers fighting to work their way in from the tops of my thighs up into my belly. I pass a service station, the sign tells me it’s 38 degrees fahrenheit. I’m traveling at 63 miles per hour and every bit of me feels exposed. I […]

Bend to Puget Sound, in a Snowstorm, in a Uhaul

Last week, as winter reared its big ugly head across the Pacific Northwest, I packed my bags and loaded my motorcycle into the back of a rented moving truck in preparation to hit the road for what may very likely be a yearlong stretch of exploration across the country. My motivations for taking on such a lofty expedition has wavered back and forth from wanting to celebrate somewhat newfound sobriety and a desire to further understand this country that I call home. The sudden aggressive onset of winter and the drive from my former home in Bend, Oregon to my previously former home in Puget […]

Anger and Love in Post Election America

As I am sitting down to write this I am unsure of how to accurately describe what happened to me over the course of the circus that has been our latest presidential election. All I know is that last night I barely slept. I sat in shock watching the election results pour in. I can’t begin to count how many times the words no and fuck rotated through my brain behind eyes on the verge of tears. Tears of frustration and anger. Sadness never entered the picture. Disappointment was wringing my heart like a wet bar rag. After the final results had rolled in and […]

Worth Celebrating

Coming up on one more year down. . . If you would have asked me ten years ago where I would be at 34, and if I were honest, I would have answered “dead”. It sounds dramatic now, but it didn’t feel that way then. I couldn’t realistically see myself lasting this far into the future. I was nurturing seemingly innocent and cheeky alcoholism paired with a closet drug habit that was gaining serious traction. I was already well into the process of slowly giving up on a meaningful future. Stressful upbringing, followed by an even more stressful adolescence, followed by an angry exit from […]