Number of months on the road: 6 Total miles traveled: 18,750 States covered: 43 (and the District of Columbia) Total number of people we’ve met: 611 Average miles per gallon: 16 Number of times we used ridesharing (Lyft or Uber) in a city after we parked and didn’t want to get the van back out … Continue reading GIGANTIC INDEX – DAY 192
According to Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI), only 30% of American evangelicals in 2011 thought a person guilty of serious moral failures was fit for significant leadership roles. In 2016, that number rose to 72%...suggesting there is now something other than religious values driving their decision-making. Or, at least their religious values function quite differently … Continue reading TRUE RELIGION
The Tallahassee Democrat tells our story.
As we’ve traveled around the country and met all kinds of people, I’ve become more acutely aware of my cultural privilege. As a middle-class, middle-aged, heterosexual, white dude, I possess an advantage not shared by everyone. I don’t think the facts support the opinion I’ve heard that “white men are the most persecuted group in … Continue reading WHAT TO DO ABOUT #METOO
Total miles traveled: 14,750 Miles into the western loop: 4,569 Approximate number of miles remaining in the official itinerary: 3,382 Chances that will be the end of it, no more miles after that: 0 Hours spent in the van with the engine running: 376 Percentage of time we’ve enjoyed being in the van with the … Continue reading GIGANTIC INDEX – DAY 151
We spent an incredible week in Washington, D.C., where we stayed with our old friend, Stephanie Schierholz. Stephanie just returned to her job as Lead Communicator for Human Spaceflight at NASA, after completing a term as Press Secretary for the space agency. She introduced us to a range of fascinating people and experiences in our … Continue reading GETTING READY TO GET DOWN
We are in Boston today, visiting our friend, David Ginnings, who began working at Harvard recently as a digital learning designer. He and I worked together back in Missouri. He and his family moved to Boston last spring, and they are very happy in their new, incredible city. Betsy and I took the train to … Continue reading GO WEST, MIDDLE-AGED MAN! GO WEST!
We chose our van for its comfort and mobility. Our snug living space makes the average tiny house seem excessive, but close quarters have allowed us to travel in places few of our brobdingnagian motor homies could navigate. Sure, their big rigs have multiple bathrooms, overstuffed recliners, and separate living areas with fireplaces (yeah, that’s … Continue reading DISPLACED AND PRIVILEGED IN AMERICA
We stopped for a few days at Wendy and Shervin Dean's farm "Mayfield" in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. It was a healing and inspiring place. We met a lot of their friends and had lots of good conversations. While we were there, I recorded a video of this song. I originally wrote it in January of 2015 … Continue reading WHEN WE GONNA GO?
Total miles traveled: 12, 627 Hours spent traveling in the van: 313 People we’ve met: 407 Miles we’ve traveled in a helicopter: 20 Nights we’ve spent in a bed other than the van: 13 College campuses we’ve visited: 19 Campuses that were seminaries Brett briefly attended 30 years ago, that represented the worst year of … Continue reading GIGANTIC INDEX – DAY 113