The last couple weeks have been a whirlwind. (Check out this video here if you need to catch up.)
From a major U-turn near Salt Lake City back to Denver, from Denver to Indianapolis by air, from Indianapolis to Pearisburg, VA to hike 67 miles along the Appalachian Trail (AT), a few days of rest and relaxation in West Virginia, back to Indianapolis, then back to Denver to resume life with the Van on the Run crew.
I have been having one hell of a summer. I am becoming more accepting of change and have to remain flexible in order to accomplish this road trip dream that I have set forth for myself. Which leads to this week's major announcement: New Route Defined!!
You may recall the map on our The Journey page below.
Originally our intent with The Journey route was to make what I like to refer to as a a sideways lollipop loop. We would start from Indianapolis, make a beeline towards Colorado, followed by a big loop of the West and Pacific Northwest, then a beeline back to Indianapolis, seems simple enough, doesn't it?
With the recent opportunity I had to continuing fulfilling another dream of mine [section hiking the entire Appalachian Trail] that threw a small curveball into the mix. I made a big U-turn in Salt Lake City sending me back to Colorado where I left 2 of the 3 members of The Crew with family for a couple weeks so I could fly back east and hike the AT. As it stands currently, I will be flying back to Denver to be reunited with the Van on the Run crew and we will once again be embarking on our epic journey.
We are proud to announce our new intended route below!
The blue on the map shows, again, our original route. The green and red arrows highlight our newly modified route. Green arrows show the 4881 miles we have driven so far (including the U-turn from Salt Lake City back to Denver, not highlighted on the map). The red arrows indicate where we will pick up with this second leg of our trip (again, not including the drive from Denver to Salt Lake City to pick back up with where we left off) and our intended direction of travel to complete the original loop of the West and Pacific Northwest.
We are stoked to get back to life "on the Run".
Life is full of detours. The important part is how you react.