Creating and documenting the experience..
Creating and documenting the experience..

Along side this road trip I want to make a daily effort to create a lot of work and art. So I plan on creating a list of goals that I will have to accomplish everyday on the trip..

-take at least 5 photographs(unrelated to the photographs of everything else I will be taking to document the trip
-to draw something I see while on the road daily
-create a page in an art journal daily
-knit, crochet, or loom something(possibly figure out how to granny square and do at least one a day)
-Update Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LiveJournal once a day(if not near wifi at least make an entry to post later when wifi is available) posting updates on locations and feeling during the journey.
-Keep an ongoing list of all of the music we listen to while on the road and post it daily
-update youtube twice a week
-try to start on a script and outline for a webcomic which will update 3 times a week. And hopefully have a year outline finished by the end of the trip. I have been coming up with abstract ideas for a few different webcomics but I want to see if I can make a script and flesh out a years worth of work.
-To post the menu of what me an mel are eating daily while on the road and pictures of the food.
posting the name, location, and possibly and picture of the menu of every restaurant we stop at.
-also the name, location, room and front sign of every hotel we stay at
-watching movies related to the places we are visiting and cult films on travelling culture. And -posting a list of what we are watching, when, where, and why.
-besides that I plan on trying my hand at selling our work while on the road
-I also plan to hunt down various art works on our travels and documenting what we find, whether just remnants of famous piece or sculptures we find
-And a daily self portrait of melanie and I, as well as a photo taken by eachother and a timer photograph of us together.

I will try to flesh out an actual checklist so that I can make this a daily routine on the trip. I am hoping this will be a learning experience in focusing on the present and our journey

The Start
This plan started on Sunday 6th January 2013 at a Denny's out by the Beach with my cousin Melanie on one of our weekly night drives. The weather was cold and drizzly and the perfect time for driving.. The first installment of the Hobbit movies had provided us with the most excellent of late night breakfasts and it all started with Melanie asking me the strangest of questions: "Katie, how long do you plan to stay at Walmart?"
The oddity of the question and the lead up to discussions of a subsequent road trip lead us to the most daring of ideas:

Mega Cousin plans East to West. AKA The American Gods Las Vegas California Oregon Road Trip- There and Back Again

The tentative plan is that by 2016 Melanie and I take a 2 month( road trip across America East to West following the road stops presented in American Gods and ending up in Las Vegas. Then proceeding home by passing through San Antonio,TX and New Orleans, LA
main locations of interest to stop on the trip
1 House on the Rock, Spring Green, WI
2 Cairo, IL
3 Chicago, IL
4 Lebanon, KS(the geographic center of the US
5 World Tree (one hour south of Blacksburg, VA)
6 Rock City, Lookout Mountain, GA
7 Menomonie Falls, WI(which seems to be the closest manifestation to the fictious Lakeside, WI)

(other places mentioned of interest and of passing through Red Bud, IL, St.Louis, IL, El Paso, IL, Madison, WI, Sioux Falls, SD, Cherryville, KS(birthplace of silent film star Louise Brooks), Blacksburg, VA, Minneapolis, MN, Fort Pierce, FL, Seattle, WA, San Francisco, CA, Boulder, CO, Dallas, TX, Providence, RI, Las Vegas, NV)

Want to take Route 66 for a leg of the journey.

Recommending we save up at least 2600 to 3000 for the trip minimum(this is also for paying bills on things before leaving). Mostly sleeping in the car, only want to get a hotel for Chicago, Las Vegas, and NewOrleans. I mean if we find cheap places or hostels on the way we should take them but this is a road trip.

This is all probably completely unreasonable and we shall laugh at it later but every plan needs a start.

And this is a doozy


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