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The Entire Trip in 3 1/3 Minutes

November 29th, 2009


» Want to see every day of the trip? Start here!

I put together a video of the trip. Then YouTube took it down. Now it is lost to the ether. All praise the ether!

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  1. MD
    November 29th, 2009 at 20:31 | #1

    Loved it!!

  2. November 29th, 2009 at 22:28 | #2


  3. Craig Dunn
    November 30th, 2009 at 08:17 | #3

    The cinematography is a million times better than any Ken Burns piece. Nice representation of the [Great] Smoky Mtns, but not near enough Telkontar shown overall.
    It appeared that the music drove the pacing rather than the subject driving the soundtrack. John Williams has the proper approach to soundtracks, I believe, so the director’s cut may want to address the soundtrack.
    As a representatiion and summation, I think it hits the mark and was a satisfying 3 1/3 minutes of my life. Better than Cats.

  4. MD
    December 1st, 2009 at 10:26 | #4

    Very entertaining and epic in scope, just wish it could have been 7 minutes so I could identify some more of the photos. Loved the irony in the last shot.

  5. Rich
    December 1st, 2009 at 15:57 | #5

    Excellent. Thanks for sharing views of the country we see or think about too rarely.

  6. December 4th, 2009 at 18:01 | #6

    WOW! had no idea you were up for such a huge adventure! It must have been a fabulous experience-the photos tell all and are really super. We kept looking for the San rafael Swell and the Black Box Canyon that Rod Swasey jumped over on his horse. Their cabin is supposedly still standing! If you ever are in the neighborhood stop in and say hi.

    With Love
    BMD y KBD and Mike

  7. Tode
    December 4th, 2009 at 23:36 | #7

    For Heavens sake.. let someone know your about to take on an adventure so we can follow …. next time. 🙂 Nice job and i’m jealous… suffering from a little wanderlust myself.

  8. telkontar
    December 6th, 2009 at 19:38 | #8

    Didn’t Mr. Swasey jump over the canyon without his horse? DIfficult parsing of the sentence: Jumped with his horse; landed without horse.
    Jumped over the canyon on his horse but a la Archimedes, the horse never reached the finish line.
    Or zen-like: The horse reached the finish line, but did not cross the finish line (the actual AAU rule on track meet races).
    I did a search this weekend to find what canyon Rod jumped. It’s not on Wikipedia and he’s not named in relation to Butch or to the Hole-in-the-Wall (which was not a single gang, but was like a pirate port).

  9. Steve
    January 25th, 2010 at 13:41 | #9

    I found your blog on one of your posts on Road Trip America. It has been a pleasure reading it. Thank you for sharing everything.

    Now that the trip has been over for a while I was wondering what your reflections on the trip have been like. Do you regret it at all? Would you ever do it again someday? Would you recommend it to anyone else that was interested?

    Thanks again for sharing this blog with everyone.

  10. January 26th, 2010 at 07:41 | #10

    It was one of the best things I’ve done in my life and I think pretty much everyone should do whatever they can to do something similar as soon as possible. Seriously.

    I’ve been trying to figure out whether/when I would do it again — my only concern is that it’ll feel trite or that there wouldn’t be much sense of discovery a second time around. But then again, I’m guessing in a few years my perceptions will have changed enough to make it fresh again. We’ll see how it goes.

    Thanks for checking in!

  11. Janet
    April 28th, 2010 at 09:33 | #11

    I found your site while Googling “cross country road trip maps” and have really enjoyed checking this out. It’s actually been helpful to me planning my own big impending journey. My idea is to set out at the beginning of September, by myself, in my Prius with a little teardrop trailer, photographing my way across the country and back. Nice to see I’m not the only one crazy enough to do this! I’ll very likely create a photo blog for my trip — if you’re interested, I’ll send you the link when the time comes.

    Thanks for sharing your trip!

  12. May 14th, 2010 at 15:34 | #12

    Hope you have a great trip. The one thing I’d probably do differently is roll with a more fuel-efficient vehicle. Good on you for figuring that one out ahead of time! 🙂 Would enjoy getting the link once you’re rolling. Thanks for stopping by!

  13. CB
    May 26th, 2011 at 02:06 | #13

    Hi I’m considering on going on this type of a trip and I’m just wondering around how much did it cost? I know that sounds rude, but I cant decide whether to just visit like 20 states or most of them. You could just email me the number if thats cool so its not public

  14. CB
    May 26th, 2011 at 02:15 | #14

    also I’m only 19 and going with my friend would you recommend doing it like you did and going everywhere for a day/two days or pickin like 7 cities and 10-15 national parks and going to each for an extended period of time

  15. May 26th, 2011 at 06:43 | #15

    Hey CB, it’s hard to answer those questions just from the standpoint that everybody’s going to want something different. My goal for the trip was to see a little of everything, so it made sense to move on after a day or two in most cases (plus I get bored easily). Cost was about $3K a month, but again, that’s doing it the way I did it (in a low-MPG truck, paying for campgrounds most nights, and paying for hotels the other nights). Would’ve been much cheaper in a more efficient car and if I’d gone ahead and slept in rest stops and/or found free BLM sites to camp in. Hope this helps!

  16. CB
    May 27th, 2011 at 00:10 | #16

    yeah that definetely helps a lot, I really had no idea how much it would cost, I have a better mpg car and am willing to stop in rest stops so it will probably be even less, thanks and that whole trip looked awesome

  17. September 20th, 2017 at 02:52 | #17

    Hey Brian,

    Lee and Sam from the UK here – howdy!

    We stumbled across this blog recently, after having done the majority of our planning for our very own 48-state, 6-month roadtrip which is fast approaching (May 2018). It has been great fun reading about your experiences and since there is a lot of overlap between your route and ours, this just adds to our excitement.

    Thanks so much for sharing this. Feel free to take a look at our blog and check out our proposed route if you’re interested. Any additional pearls of wisdom much appreciated!

    All the best,
    Lee & Sam

  18. September 20th, 2017 at 06:26 | #18

    Dang, that’s some impressive planning! Thanks for the link-back, am sure you’ll have an incredible trip.

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