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Big Country Little Car Tour II, Day 16: San Francisco, CA to Elko, NV
August 13, 2011 – 2:02 AM | 5 Comments
Big Country Little Car Tour II, Day 16: San Francisco, CA to Elko, NV

Couch Baron and I parted ways at around 10:30 AM, he to the airport, I to find a post office that, if it exists, is in a Macy's and I never found it. Back to …

Big Country Little Car Tour II, Day 15: San Francisco, CA
August 11, 2011 – 10:19 AM | 5 Comments
Big Country Little Car Tour II, Day 15: San Francisco, CA

I hadn't let myself dwell on it, because what good would it have done except to paralyze me, but a part of me believed I wouldn't get to California, that I would end up towed …

Big Country Little Car Tour II, Day 14: Reno, NV to San Francisco, CA
August 9, 2011 – 12:45 PM | 30 Comments
Big Country Little Car Tour II, Day 14: Reno, NV to San Francisco, CA

A man from Fresno quizzed me in the parking lot, not about the car, but about whether I'd come all that way by myself. "Courage…courage," he said. I hadn't thought of it that way…or not …

Big Country Little Car Tour, Day 13: Elko, NV to Reno, NV
August 8, 2011 – 2:48 PM | 13 Comments
Big Country Little Car Tour, Day 13: Elko, NV to Reno, NV

I stopped at a CVS on the way out of town to restock on sunscreen and snacks — a warehouse-size store with slot machines by the checkout. At ten in the morning, most of the …

Big Country Little Car Tour II, Day 12: Green River, WY to Elko, NV
August 7, 2011 – 12:53 PM | 8 Comments
Big Country Little Car Tour II, Day 12: Green River, WY to Elko, NV

I began the day in a mood of grim exhilaration: the route promised the most daunting driving yet. The locals have accustomed themselves to it, no doubt, and developed methods of timing their drives and …

Big Country Little Car Tour II, Day 11: Ogallala, NE to Green River, WY
August 6, 2011 – 7:17 PM | 5 Comments
Big Country Little Car Tour II, Day 11: Ogallala, NE to Green River, WY

I've had Grandma on my mind a lot since Tuesday, the anniversary of her death. Thanks to the revelation the other day that the swimming hole is not an artifact of Twain's America, but still …

Big Country Little Car Tour, Day 10: Lewis & Clark Lake, NE to Ogallala, NE
August 6, 2011 – 11:08 AM | 10 Comments
Big Country Little Car Tour, Day 10: Lewis & Clark Lake, NE to Ogallala, NE

I dragged my feet. I checked every room twice more than I needed to, in case I'd overlooked a cord, or a watch — I even "checked" outside, where none of these things would have …

Big Country Little Car Tour, Day 9: Dakota Dunes, SD to Lewis & Clark Lake, NE
August 5, 2011 – 12:49 AM | 15 Comments
Big Country Little Car Tour, Day 9: Dakota Dunes, SD to Lewis & Clark Lake, NE

It dawned hot, still humid, and I was up by then. I'd slept like shit — no dreams, but waking up every hour, forgetting where I was and why I had come there. I spent …

Big Country Little Car Tour II, Day 8: Mauston, WI to Dakota Dunes, SD
August 3, 2011 – 10:25 PM | 7 Comments
Big Country Little Car Tour II, Day 8: Mauston, WI to Dakota Dunes, SD

I woke up just after dawn. I hadn't slept enough, quite, and I kept doing things like trying to wash my hair with bar soap and almost packing a cup of coffee. Once I actually …

Big Country Little Car Tour II, Days 6 and 7: Minneapolis, MN to Mauston, WI
August 2, 2011 – 9:51 AM | 23 Comments
Big Country Little Car Tour II, Days 6 and 7: Minneapolis, MN to Mauston, WI

It's amazing how little time it takes for all my stuff — messenger bag; computer bag; duffel bag; suitcase — to explode across a hotel room. I try to repack as I go along, but …