Monday, February 1, 2010

Road Trip!

I’m happy to let everyone know that I’ll be doing some traveling next month, & doing it the old-fashioned way: with four wheels in contact with the road! Actually, I’d have loved to do it by train, but sadly, the nearest Amtrak station is 8 hours from here (don’t get me started), & Amtrak also misses one of my destinations by at least 100 miles.

So, if all goes as planned, sometime early on the morning of March 6th I’ll be maneuvering the Subaru Outback toward the south & the east on a trip that will eventually take me around mid March to Dedham, Massachusetts where my mother now lives. Depending on the actual routes, which are still a bit up in the air—where to pick up I-70 for a swing away from the Great Lakes in early March, & whether my return trip swings north on I-90—I may be visiting over 20 states. This will be my fourth road trip across the country & back—twice from Charlottesville, Virginia to California (once to Davis, once to San Francisco) & once from Boise to Crystal River, FL. In this case, I’ll also be visiting a few old friends along the way, which has me quite jazzed.

What does this mean for Robert Frost’s Banjo & The Days of Wine & Roses during March? Have no fear, thanks to the wonders of Blogger scheduling, The Days of Wine & Roses is set, & regular Robert Frost's Banjo features shouldn't miss a beat
—this includes B.N.’s poems & L.E. Leone’s poems on Tuesdays, the new Adams County Makes the News on Thursdays, & the Saturday Weekly Poem. Otherwise, things will be pretty much up for grabs after the first week of March. I’m hoping to post from the road whenever I can, but that will depend on wi-fi; I know at least one place I’ll be staying will have very limited internet access. But I’m looking forward to posting road news as much as I can!

In other news: thanks to all the support you folks have shown for The Days of Wine & Roses book, still barely 24-hours old, & already with some coopies sold! Thanks, also, to Kat Mortensen for the link on Poetikat’s Invisible Keepsakes page—Kat, you’re fantastic!

Photo shows yrs truly during an 1988 road trip in Barstow, California.


  1. I love to go a wandering!!! Good for you. I'll look forward to all of the poetry and music your trip inspires.

  2. Happy Motoring!
    and you'll be along my neck of the woods whilst in Dedham!

    Peace ~ Rene

  3. That is a looooong trip! I trust we will get pictures. Is that you in the cowboy hat?

    You'll be near my father's hometown of Quincy. Weren't Sacco & Vanzetti tried in Dedham?

  4. Hi Karen: Me too! & thanks.

    Hi Rene: Yes, you're in southern New Hampshire, right?

    K: You're right about S & V--in Dedham. I'll have my camera & my reso guitar!

  5. & laptop! Yes, that's me in the cowboy hat--about 22 years ago!

  6. And one fine figure of a man, if I do say so myself!

  7. That was me in the late 80s--well, not necessarily the cowboy hat, but the sport coat & cowboy boots, & not infrequently the bolo tie!

  8. "See the USA in your Chevrolet.." or whatever. So glad you're going to take the wagon train East. Lovely for your mother to have a visit from you.

    If you think you'll have time to touch base, drop me an email and we can work out the details. I hope the weather holds for you. March in New England, as you may remember, is ridiculously unpredictable. It could touch 70 degrees, or be the blizzard of the century. Bring a short-sleeved shirt and some mittens.

  9. Hi Jacqueline: I'll definitely be in touch! I know what you mean about New England in March, tho to be honest, what really scares me is Wyoming! April would have been better weather-wise, but March worked in other ways.

  10. You'll be near me! I'm very close to Dedham, MA. Please feel free to look me up.

    Make sure you watch an old movie at the Brattle in Cambridge while you are here.

  11. Hi Raquelle: Geez, thanks! Yes, I'll let you know when I'm in the area!

  12. Oh how fun!

    I've never been on a road trip, across country ever.

    Be safe out there. :)

    And I'm glad you'll keep us updated.

  13. Hi Ginger: I love the open road--wish I had the time to do it without traveling the interstates, but I'll probably be sticking to those most of the time. Thanks for the good wishes!

  14. I'm hoping for some on-the-road posts! Have a great trip. I've always wanted to do a road trip across the country. Adventure!

  15. Hi T: Yes, all the ones I've had so far have been extraordinarily memorable, & I'm looking forward to this. I think most motels have wi-fi these days, so I'm hoping to post from the road. I know my stop in Ohio--to visit B.N. & her husband actually--will be with limited internet, but otherwise I might be in good shape. Will have the laptop.


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