Hitting the Road

So how do you pack for a seven-month trip when you’ve got two peeps traveling in a 2020 Subaru Outback that has yet to be named? Yes, I name all my cars. Suggestions welcome. See the picture above. And no, there’s not going to be any licensing…

WHY ROAM?

Have you ever gone on vacation and found yourself in another climate, where everything looks different, new to the eye, and you feel like you could start anew? Or maybe just keep all the good stuff about your life and leave the rest behind? In a culture that’s…

March 7 — March 13: Chicago, Week 2

Hey everybody, it’s been eight weeks since my last post. Sorry for the disruption of service to you loyal Roamers! Like many other deliverables at this phase of COVID, the delay was a supply chain issue. I fried the motherboard on my…

February 28 — March 6: Chicago, Week 1

It took two-and-a-half-hours to drive from Madison, WI, to Chicago, IL, on I-90 E, first south through Wisconsin down to Rockford, IL, then east into the third most populated, and the windiest city of these united states.

While we were traveling south…

February 20–25, 2021: Kansas & St. Louis

We left Boulder, Colorado, and headed east for the first time in four months. Took US-36 E into I-70E for 358 miles. I wondered how long it would take to go from seeing those Rockies to being in the prairies? If I blinked…

February 13 — February 20: Boulder, Round 2

In the not-too-distant future, I can see a world where the ROAM-ing we’ve done has become a lifestyle, de rigueur. Boomers like us will mimic our kids and flock to Airbnb (now a public company) and their competitors, just like we flocked…

February 5 — February 13: Denver, Round 2

Growing up in Queens, regardless of the sport we were playing (which always mapped to the professional sports season), we had do-overs. Did Mitch Seiler catch the ball inbounds between the two trees? Did Wayne Hochberg hit the ball past the second…

January 27 — February 5: Denver/Boulder Pt 1

Leaving Durango, we spent the morning packing up in nine-degree weather. As I’m one of those guys who is in a constant state of perspiration, I made the colossal mistake of just wearing two layers of dri-fit and a wool knit hat…

November 1–11, 2020: Raleigh and the rest of Research Triangle Park (RTP)

This last post from the vault closes out our first stop on the trip. It seems like a lifetime ago, in some ways it was…

I’d heard a lot about the awesome trails in RTP. There was a…

Howie Fertig

Kids are off the payroll, home is sold, spending the next six months roaming the U.S.A. airbnbing it and working virtually to find our next Happy Place!

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