So far I’ve traveled through 27 states (including Colorado and D.C.) and 2 Canadian provinces within the last 6 months. That’s about 16,000 miles on the road. I’ve met more people than I can count and I’ve been changed by every encounter. Yes, I do mean EVERY encounter. I was in Burlington, VT, with no place to stay. After arriving at the venue, I introduced myself as the entertainment to a couple at the bar and then played my set. They found out I didn’t have a place to stay and invited me into their home. Then, over breakfast, they set up a place for me to stay in Montreal, QC. In Pittsburgh, PA, I was again without a place to sleep and a couple of Couchsurfers picked me up last minute. During my stay they took me around the city, taught me how to play card games, introduced me to their friends, brought me out on the town. The kindness of strangers has been a never ending theme of the trip. I’m still amazed and humbled by all the people who have helped me along the way- if you are reading this now, thank you.
I would never have guessed the adventures I would get into while on the road. I walked in the second line in New Orleans at Halloween. I saw Niagara Falls from the Canada side. I performed on the streets of Santa Fe, Austin, and Tennessee, wandered through Central Park in New York, swam in the Gulf Of Mexico off the Florida coast, hiked the National Mall in D.C. from The White House to The Lincoln Memorial, dipped my toes into Lake Michigan in Chicago, watched a Lake Superior sun set in Duluth, explored art museums in Bloomington, Omaha, and Kansas City, made new friendships, reconnected with old friends and family I hadn’t seen in years. These are just a handful of the amazing things I’ve experienced.