In January, I departed on the first leg of my journey around the country, traveling east from Chicago to Washington DC and then south along the Atlantic coast through Virginia, North and South Carolina, Georgia and winding up in Florida during some glorious weather in the month of February.
Since then, I’ve returned to the Chicago area – having traveled through Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky and Indiana – to prepare for the next leg - six months on the road. Today, I leave for parts of the country west of Chicago – places I’ve never been – to see, feel, touch and observe the other half of this country.
My plan – which could change at the drop of a hat – is to see parts of Iowa, South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, Oregon and Washington before heading north to Vancouver and the Canadian Rockies. If all goes well, I will see the southern coast of Canada during the summer months and end my journey in Northern Wisconsin before returning home again.
So, why am I doing this? It’s a personal journey of discovery, adventure, joy and understanding. I’ve been a privileged American for 70 years without knowing much about the people who call themselves Americans. What do we have in common and how do we feel about our country today during the rule of Trump?
Additionally, I’m moved by nature and this country is a treasure chest to behold. I want to see it with my own eyes, hear the eagle screech over the mountain pass, observe the elk and buffalo roam, visit the farmers and ranchers who grow our food and see the seacoast up close and personal.