Pretenniless: Completed.

Pretenniless: Completed.

In our 20 weeks travelling America, we covered all 48 mainland states, 39 cities and drove well over 13,650 miles.

That’s Lands End to John O’Groats 16 times, for all the UK residents out there. 116 and a half times round the M25, but with decidedly better views.

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Life, Death & Fire Ants

Life, Death & Fire Ants

I’d be lying if I said a near-death experience had been part of the plan all along.

Lilly and I have often discussed, and often been asked, exactly what situation would be regarded as extreme enough for us to spend money. We’re both resolute: it would take a medical emergency of drastic proportions for us to part with a penny of cash. Life-on-the-line type stuff. My, how we joked. Continue reading “Life, Death & Fire Ants”

Tinder: Not Just For Sex.

Tinder: Not Just For Sex.

Sometimes we find ourselves in a location we hadn’t planned to stop in. Sometimes this means we find ourselves unsure of quite where we’re going to be sleeping that night.

Sure, we have a tent, but in the middle of a city that isn’t always the best of options…Not that our end decision was necessarily a great decision either!
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The SAME CafΓ©

The SAME CafΓ©

A major part of our journey across the USA concerns sourcing and collecting food.

We do this in various ways, and we’ve been incredibly lucky with the amount and the variation we’ve been treated to. It’s been fairly easy, if we boil it down, and it was especially easy in the amazing city of Denver where the residents have been treated for over 10 years…
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That Time We Missed The Megabus

That Time We Missed The Megabus

We couldn’t believe our luck: two e-tickets for a megabus, Milwaukee to Minneapolis, with our name on them. We had argued against James buying them, but he absolutely insisted. What a dream.

We were staying with Couchsurfing hosts Melissa and Josh on the other side of town and with heavy bags we figured it would probably take us 45 minutes to get to the bus station. We decided to leave at 9.30am to give ourselves AS MUCH TIME AS POSSIBLE.

So of course, it all went wrong.
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UIO / Fireweed Universe City

UIO / Fireweed Universe City

Everyone told us not to go to Detroit.

It’s too dangerous, they said. Too hostile, they claimed. Too rough, they warned. So we stuck out our thumbs and hitched our way there.

We were picked up by three guys in a pickup truck, and told them we were heading for 1 E Montana, Detroit. They looked up the location with stony faces. “You can’t be going there…We’re not dropping you off and letting you hitch or walk the rest of the way – we’ll take you to the door”. Fine by us.

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Fair Foods Project

Fair Foods Project

Day two was so inspiring, it makes us wonder how the rest of our trip could possibly match up.

After the efforts of day one, we knew we needed a way of getting a small stockpile of food to draw on when we needed it and when the opportunities to find it were scarce. Browsing through Craigslist for free food, Lilly came across the Fair Foods Project – a food rescue programme that took fruit and vegetables destined for the dump (simply because they weren’t ‘pretty’ enough to be sold), bagged them up and sold them to the local community for two dollars a bag. A huge bag of fresh fruit and vegetables for just $2 means that low income families can eat healthily and break free from the obesity:poverty trap. We immediately gave them a call. Continue reading “Fair Foods Project”