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Day 15, 3331.2 miles.

October 6, 2010


Before I get started on our journey so far, let me lay down some ground rules. For those of you that are new – this is a blog, and as such it’s expected that you leave comments and participate. You know what people are called that just visit and read blogs and never say anything? That’s right, “Lurkers.” If that sounds like a terrible label, it is – so don’t wear it! The frequency of blog posts will be in direct correlation to the amount of participation we get – so let’s hear it people! We don’t get paid for this you know. Jeez.

Ok, I’ve just had some food and am feeling much cheerier. Nothing like a nice opening threat to keep those readers coming. That’s journalism 101 right there.

So, by now you know that Molly and I have once again hit the road – or did you? Yep, we just got married on August 28th (see other tab at the top), and decided months ago that it was time to stretch our wings once more – only this time closer to home.

The Destination

Well, of course you know that the Journey is the Destination, but we do have an itinerary – North America. We left Seattle on Monday, September 20th heading east. We’re going to skirt across the top of the country to see the leaves change in the Northeast – a goal of mine for a long time. Along the way we’re visiting family in Montana, Wisconsin, Illinois and friends in NYC.  Molly has a couple of gigs booked for Stratejoy on the east coast, and we’ll be working our way into Canada and down to probably Florida. From there head across the south, the southwest, and then up the west coast. How long? Not sure. We’ve been screaming across the country so far, but are looking forward to slowing down a bit once our “required” meetings are done.

Roadside Motel

Our home away from home.

The Vehicle

Molly already mentioned that we are traveling in Stella – but here’s the back story. We visited several RV dealerships on Aurora (where else?) and started thinking about living out of a 36-foot vehicle that had every convenience you could desire. But of course it didn’t do everything. I mean, we still would need a way to get to town once we parked the land yacht so maybe we could bring a small motorcycle. Of course if it were raining then that would suck, so maybe we should tow our car.

Then we started looking at the gas mileage. Then we reviewed the carbon footprint. Then we calculated the costs of parking it EVERY night somewhere official. Then we thought about parking it in NYC, Boston, and D.C. That’s when we went – whoa – this is f$@_% ridiculous. We lived out of backpacks for 10 months, certainly we don’t need a GIANT tractor trailer type rig to be happy. That’s when we looked twice at the vehicle that we already owned – Stella! Stella is a 2003 CRV with 130k miles and and it already has a full size bed attached to the top – perfect. We’ve been averaging about 22 mpg and have everything we need (see video below for proof). We also customized the look of Stella with a vehicle wrap from my awesome new client Big Ink.

Working From the Road

This is not a vacation. Yeah, we’re excited to see a bunch of stuff that we’ve never seen, but I have a call with my team 3x per week, and both Molly and I are actively working our two business. In addition to Email Broadcast, I have launched a new venture called Daily Fish that is a website where people can sign up to receive emails with great photos of fish, upload photos, and vote on their favorites. The website is not actually launched quite yet, but you can sign up here, and also check out our facebook page. And Molly is doing workshops and updating her website from the road.

So Where’s the Damn Update?

I’m writing this blog entry from our very first hotel room – a luxurious stay at the Super 8 Motel in Clarion, Pennsylvania. And no, Pennsylvania is not where Dracula lives (hi Alyssa!).

Before arriving here we started off spending the night “Boondocking” in Couer D’Alene. Boondocking is a phrase that RVers use to describe just pulling over and camping.

Hoyne Residence

The new Big Sky Hoyne Home

Next stop was Molly’s parents brand spanking new home WITH SOLAR PANELS! (see previous outbursts on this blog). We hiked and visited, and Molly’s parents bought me a guided day on the Upper Madison River which was EPIC. You can see a video of that trip here.

As we left Big Sky we came to the highway and decided on the spot – we should go through Yellowstone even though it was not the most direct route. It was, of course, stellar. We went all the way through and ended up boondocking outside of Cody Wyoming after eating at world famous ‘Cassies’ – overrated. Next was South Dakota where we found a nice state park for $13 with hot showers that was deserted. South Dakota was awesome including Mt. Rushmore with a must stop at Wall Drug that has a great story if you love marketing like I do. Then the Badlands called our name for a quick tour and nice hike.

Minnesota was next on the map and I called up a friend Jason Topp that I hadn’t seen since college. He left the door open for us and later than night we took his kids out to dinner in lovely “Uptown.” Jason was just as I remembered him – curious, engaging, loving, and a great host.

Wisconsin was our next destination where we spent a couple of lovely days with Molly’s Aunt Punky and Uncle Eric who were amazingly hospitable and have a lovely huge home we were happy to visit. After steak dinners, laundy, work, and visiting it was time to move on to meet up with friends in Milwaukee Megan and Mike. We first met Megan in Seattle when we hosted her as a couch surfer, and have been friends since. They took us to a local hot spot Bosely on Brady for Milwaukee authentic fare – fried food and cheese.

From there it was off to Chicago to stay with Molly’s cousins Anne and Ben who have a small loft in downtown Chicago. We completely took over their space and slept on their couch for a couple of days while catching up with them and Molly’s other cousin Sara and her beau Alex. Molly taught a workshop, I shopped on Magnificent Mile, we saw the Social Network, had Taco night, ate Sushi and other fun. Luckily we were able to park Stella at Molly’s Aunt Chris and Uncle Bill’s house and they graciously loaned us a Prius to take into the city. It’s now normal for a car to shut down at a stop light – all cars should do it. We had Sunday dinner back at Chris and Bill’s house with a visit from Beth and Nester, their son Will, and then Becky came over with Oliver and those two tore it up.

With a full family meeting and dinner behind us, Chris showed us her amazing work place and then we were off. Last night we stayed at a state park on Lake Erie called East Harbor State Park. We were the ONLY campers there – surrounded by hundreds of camp spots. Only the RVs across the way kept it from feeling spooky. Another 400 mile day and we ended up here, at the Motel 8 where Molly had two group coaching calls. Future blogs will be less logistics and more thoughtful introspection, but I just wanted to get us caught up. That is of course if there are any more postings – let’s hear it people!

6 Comments leave one →
  1. Punky permalink
    October 6, 2010 8:56 am

    Molly and Ken, Great blog, I love following your trip! We miss you guys!

  2. October 6, 2010 9:50 am

    i’m gonna be cool and leave a comment because i hate it when people don’t leave comments on my blog.
    your trip sounds great! looking forward to the day that our family can go on an open-ended roadtrip.
    way to live, ken & molly!

  3. Dave permalink
    October 6, 2010 10:59 am

    Awesome you two!! Excited for you as your journey continues, and look forward to more posts. Still love the car top tent, way cool.

  4. October 6, 2010 11:02 am

    Woo hoo! Absolutely LOVE the video… reminds me I need to brush up on my video editing skills. Sounds like you two are having an amazing time. No cross country road trips for us, but we did make a 7-hour round trip drive to Zillah, WA last night to pick up 1,000 pounds of Rattlesnake Hills Cabernet Sauvignon… ah the grape adventure! Can’t wait to see more posts from you guys.

  5. Tina Kirilenko permalink
    October 6, 2010 12:08 pm

    I am not a lurker. Maybe I just don’t have a lot to say, unless you want to talk 5th grade homework. In all seriousness, I am glad to see you are enjoying your time and experiencing so much. It sounds amazing.

  6. Mae Carr permalink
    October 6, 2010 3:29 pm

    So we were watching this video today & I couldn’t help but fixate on the Trader Joe’s bag–as the video progresses, it looks like something in it is trying to escape! Lol. 🙂
    All the best to you & the adventures that lie ahead!

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