Record of a Well Worn Pair of Traveling Boots

Travel stories from a rubbertramp

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On a an Amtrak delay in Alderson, WV, I learned a little about the region, from long-standing poker games to the Martha Stewart connection.
April 21, 2021
Heading west out of Sioux Falls, I found the best fellow passenger was of the four-legged variety.
June 17, 2020
Foremost, though maybe not first, Rapid City is a tourist town. It's a more spit and polished version of Cripple Creek, Colorado: wild, wild west meets plucky people and pesky uncomfortable history th...
June 3, 2020
The next part of the story of how I was thwarted by Larry the Cable Guy in Williston, North Dakota. Full transcript available here:
April 21, 2020
A trip to Williston, ND, in 2013: I wanted to tell that story. I wanted to know how people were creating life for themselves in the midst of this boomtown that exploded. It felt like one of Those Stor...
April 7, 2020
Visiting Mother Jones wasn't just a tourist stop. It was a pilgrimage.
March 24, 2020
Traveling to San Antonio for a "professional" conference only brought one thought to mind:  Good God. How is anyone supposed to pass out business cards that no one reads and then leaves in the hotel f...
March 10, 2020
To orient myself and to maybe have a wee bit of beer, I stopped in at the 2nd bar I found. I stopped mainly because of the name: Crawdaddies. It looked small, local, and I liked the resonance of a New...
February 25, 2020
..what I learned was that downstaters are, in general, a cautious bunch. And I can't say I blame them much. We do not live in idyllic times and me, a road dirty monkey that looks the exact opposite of...
February 11, 2020
I turned 40 in New York. It was February 2012 and I was almost a month into a year of living on the road, hopping from bus to bus, station to station, and, when I was fortunate, couch to couch. Luckil...
January 28, 2020
Driving through Alabama felt like a cliché; it was all one long stretch of interstate with bill boards advertising the Alabama – the band – fan club, and when I stepped out to buy gas and stretch my l...
January 13, 2020
My old Losantiville, it seems, is split between those who travel on the train and those who have no clue it’s there… which is a shame not only for the train, but for the city. Full transcript: http://...
December 30, 2019
Abandoned industrial areas tell fascinating stories – maybe the most American of stories, full of ambition, sweat, and rot. Episode transcript:
December 17, 2019
December 2, 2019
Even genteel travel means brushing up against distinctly UNgenteel rules.
November 18, 2019
My faith in the currents that carry has been waning a little. But luckily, they never lose faith in me. 
November 4, 2019
Dirty Face lived in a repository of hobo and labor history in Oakland , CA. And who had ever heard of a hobo with a house?
October 21, 2019
After you listen, be sure to head over to dirtysacred. com to read Lo-Fi, Part 1.
October 7, 2019
Meeting God along Route 66
September 23, 2019
When traveling, never ignore signs and wonders, or anyone offering them. That's the truth from Dante to Pilgrim's Progress and on.
September 9, 2019

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