I am a travel writer and what I mean by that is I write when
I travel-or is that I travel to write? Of the couple hundred or so Nomadic Spirit Travelogue
entries you'll find here just a few were tapped out between journeys.
I'm not sure why this happens, why I don't write when stationary. It's
not that I don't have the time for it (I do). It's not that I work extra
hard while travelling to keep the writing habit up (I don't). Writing
things down is important to me, but somehow that mode of expression asserts
itself most strongly when the world is streaming by. I don't question
Fortunately, I've spent much of my time since April Fool's
day, 1994 on one journey or another. There have been several journeys
and your ticket to thumb-along on any of them is only a button click away...
- June 1994 through March 1995
I'd planned to be in Australia for three
weeks. You'll notice it took a little longer to drag myself away.
I did leave after five months-so I could give the best man's speech
at a wedding in Michigan...and visit family over Christmas-but went
back right after the holidays.
- South East Asia
- March 1995 through June 1995
This was my first trip to someplace truly
'other', my first experience in non-western cultures. Includes Malaysia,
Thailand, Vietnam and Japan. Oh, and what a variety these places
- Western USA
- April 1996 through July 1996
This one was something of a change of pace.
I'd always backpacked my way through the various journeys, but this
was anything but travelling light.
- Adventurous Missed Adventure
- November 1996 through May 1997
This was supposed to be titled simply, Africa
but I never even got there. Instead, family tragedy brought me home
and, as seems ever the case, new pathways beckoned in the aftermath.
- June 1997 through October 1997
For a long while it's been on my mind: try
to understand the unfolding of the United States in the 20th century
by retracing its main street, Route 66. Other highways-and other
adventures-come into play, but this series is dominated by The
- The Quality of Being Stationary
- January 1998
I've got Zen on the brain.
An attempt to write something while at rest:
In the margins
05 JAN 98
- Cycling China
- April through October :: 1998
- This was a doozy. Six and a half months in duration.
Six thousand kilometers of cycling. A country mesmerising in its
startling beauty as well as its crushing pollution. And ever the
- The Unfathomable
- September 13 :: 2001
- No. Not travelling. The world came to my
doorstep. In a cataclysm. And woke me from the slumbers
- The Haida Gwaii
- September 5 to ??? :: 2001
- To the fabled Haida Gwaii, the Queen Charlotte
Islands off British Columbia's northern coast. By bicycle and
ferry up the Inside Passage.