It’s been a long time since I went anywhere on a wing and a prayer. When I was sixteen I hitchhiked all over the United States. On this particular adventure I didn’t have a wing, just a lot of prayers. I started in Los Angeles and went up and across the country and eventually ended up in North Carolina.
When I was in my late teens, a friend lived in Corpus Christi Texas and wanted to move back to Los Angeles. That’s about 3000 miles cross country round trip. At the drop of a hat I got in my 1963 Econoline van and drove out to Texas to pick him up and bring him back to Los Angeles. There were a lot of other shorter trips with the same scenario. Some old worn out vehicle taking me on a thousand mile round trip. Los Angeles to Salt Lake and Los Angeles to Ensenada are a couple of examples.
On all these trips I really never gave any thought to breaking down and not being able to get back with my ride. I now have the opportunity to go to Yellowstone and live and work in the park for the summer. I have ten days to get there. I have been working for the last month to get ready to go. The trip may be in jeopardy because right now I don’t have the funds to make the trip. There is this old saying that life is what happens to you when you’re making other plans.
The thing is that back when I was trekking all over the country I was never really concerned about having the money. I was never really concerned that the car would break down and I would be left in the lurch. I’m still scrounging for the funds and with a little luck I will get the minimum need to get up there. It is about 750 miles one way. I think that this old bus of mine will make it. But for whatever reason traveling on a wing and a prayer in a lot more stressful that it used to be.
There is in place a way for you to invest in my adventure. There is this site called GoFundme that I have signed up for that allows for donations. I don’t think of it as Ebegging. I have an obligation as a result of the funds donated to this adventure. First of all I must have an actual adventure. Secondly, I must write and post about the journey. A lot of people that I meet and talk to have dreams of adventure but for many reasons must defer them. By donating you can be a part of the journey, a part of the adventure.
I will chronicle the journey and do my best to keep it interesting and entertaining. Thank you for your support.