August 1, 2016 — On Sunday morning, July 31, at 2 am, another grand journey ended at my New Hampshire driveway. All the usual feelings were there: sadness, relief, exhaustion, elation, an ache in my back and a hankering to write it all down mingled with the dread certainty I would never get to it all. On Friday, July 22, we pulled out of that same driveway to smooth our tires out among the Great Lakes. By the end of it all, we wet our fingers in all five Great Lakes, crossed the Canada-U.S. border four times, and logged 3,3260 miles in those nine days. For context, the road trip was almost–rubber on road—twice as long as the Southwest road trip and more than twice as long as the Northwest road trip. It was almost to-the-mile the same distance as the South road trip. And about 800 miles longer than the West Coast road trip.
Throughout the journey, I tried something slightly different on the socials. Instead of random images or My Day in Three Frames, I posted collages to sum up every day save one (the first day was just a mad dash straight from New Hampshire to Buffalo). But I didn’t explain anything about them. This post fixes that.
We had many more adventures than what’s represented here, of course, and if you want even more detail around the oddities of this trip, consider joining the OTIS Club. If you join this week, you’ll have access to issues 8 and 9, which are special road trip editions that detail the days more fully than a handful of collages with captions.
But let’s to get those. Each one is captioned clockwise from the upper right and are not at all in chronological order for that day.