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Posted on 2006.05.29 at 06:45
I think that I will take advantage of my newly imposed time off and hop a train to the usa.
By myself.
Just me and my thoughts and a camera - and a pen.
Oh, and a backpack.
I want to see Santa Fe, or El Paso - whichever is prettier.
I want to see Albuquerque and Denver and Chicago which, according to the amtrak map I have little choice but to see.
A friend to whom I told my plans wants to buy me a copy of On The Road. That's cool, I finally get the chance to read it. I hope that it's as good as how I imagine it to be.


_r_e_q_u_i_e_m_ at 2006-05-29 11:44 (UTC) (Permanent link)
JALOUSE!!! you MUST promise to send me postcards. MUST!!
Simply Stan
paperpath at 2006-05-29 18:16 (UTC) (Permanent link)
I promise to send you postcards.
_r_e_q_u_i_e_m_ at 2006-05-29 18:17 (UTC) (Permanent link)
Simply Stan
paperpath at 2006-05-29 18:26 (UTC) (Permanent link)
umm, li'l lady? I think it's Yeehaw! ;-)
... in a handbasket
inahandbasket at 2006-05-29 13:17 (UTC) (Permanent link)
Also, pick up a copy of Edward Abbey's Desert Solitaire.
If you're taking a train, you'll have PLENTY of reading time.
(Zen and the art of Motorcycle Maintainance is another good travel read if you haven't read it yet.)

Sounds like a very cool trip, I'm jealous. (And I personally would vote Santa Fe as a destination.)
Simply Stan
paperpath at 2006-05-29 18:19 (UTC) (Permanent link)
Thanks for the suggestions. :)
I think that El Paso will win out over Santa Fe for the simple reason that it's walking distance from Ciudad Juarez.
Mind you, I could still do both...
satirical at 2006-05-29 14:19 (UTC) (Permanent link)
I needed to tell you something.
I suppose it can wait.
Simply Stan
paperpath at 2006-05-29 18:25 (UTC) (Permanent link)
tell me, tell me, tell me!!
satirical at 2006-05-29 18:30 (UTC) (Permanent link)
do you have msn these days?
Simply Stan
paperpath at 2006-05-29 18:45 (UTC) (Permanent link)
I can chat on gmail. Do you have a gmail address?
She shoots, SHE SCORES!!
pisceandreamer at 2006-05-29 15:16 (UTC) (Permanent link)
I cannot wait to hear your adventures. :)
Simply Stan
paperpath at 2006-05-29 18:33 (UTC) (Permanent link)
I'm looking forward to them myself. :)
cieloador at 2006-05-29 15:35 (UTC) (Permanent link)
I hope that you have a wonderful trip xoxo
Simply Stan
paperpath at 2006-05-29 18:28 (UTC) (Permanent link)
Thank you, Urs. :)
condorave at 2006-05-29 17:04 (UTC) (Permanent link)
That sounds like an awesome plan. I hope you find what you're looking for.
Simply Stan
paperpath at 2006-05-29 18:50 (UTC) (Permanent link)
Thank you.
I hope that I find that elusive thing too, or at least an indication of where it might be found.
Anja Pirat
anja at 2006-05-29 17:30 (UTC) (Permanent link)
Sounds like a great idea. Have a good trip.

(Like everyone else, I'll recommend some literature. Continent by Jim Crace.)
Simply Stan
paperpath at 2006-05-29 18:52 (UTC) (Permanent link)
Thank you. :)
Crace, eh? Hmm..
[part-time superstar]
tinfoil_star at 2006-05-29 18:46 (UTC) (Permanent link)
Wow. I'm very jealous. I hope you have fun! I'd like postcards too.. And promises of on-the-road photo updates?
Simply Stan
paperpath at 2006-05-29 18:54 (UTC) (Permanent link)
I don't know about those on the road photo updates.. Not sure I have the technology for that. But postcards.. now you're walking down my paperpath. ;)
jodidevildoll at 2006-05-29 20:03 (UTC) (Permanent link)
have a wonderful time and an amazing adventure!
Simply Stan
paperpath at 2006-05-29 22:38 (UTC) (Permanent link)
Thank you Jodi!
I've been wanting to see the american southwest in forever so this promises to be pretty cool. :)
Humor me
nephthys510 at 2006-05-29 20:56 (UTC) (Permanent link)
let me know if you are coming to denver.
Simply Stan
paperpath at 2006-05-29 22:49 (UTC) (Permanent link)
How could I not come to Denver?
So far it's looking like some kind of mashup of:
Montreal > New York > Chicago(stay)
Chicago > Denver(stay)
Denver > Raton (what do you know about Raton other than in french it means rat)
Raton > Santa Fe > Albuquerque
Albuqurque > El Paso / Ciudad Juarez

and then I don't know...
Humor me
nephthys510 at 2006-05-29 22:53 (UTC) (Permanent link)
Raton Pass?

It's the pass you go over to get into New Mexico. It's deadly in the winter. I'm pretty sure there is nothing there. I could be wrong, I just drive right past it. I think it's a "gas, food, lodging" type of place with the added ambiance of horrible winter weather.

Drop me a line at nephthys0xA at gmail dot com (that's a zero, not an oh).
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Simply Stan
paperpath at 2006-05-29 22:50 (UTC) (Permanent link)
Thanks man. :)
your_sedative at 2006-05-30 04:39 (UTC) (Permanent link)
I'm sorry I've been idle, Stan. Just keep in mind you never strayed from my thoughts, ever. Keep in mind there are lots of people who lost what they loved most, but it gave them a chance to find something else they loved even more. The world is your oyster.

Are you only briefly stopping in Chicago? If you're a big baseball fan (I am!), St. Louis has some great Cards games this time of year in their new stadium. But, eh...I still hope I get to see you. We've known each other for sooo long.

Nonetheless, I hope you have a fabulous time. xo.
bookishgal at 2006-05-30 23:33 (UTC) (Permanent link)
Gorgeous idea!!!!!!! I think the best way to see this country is by road (or train), just to see the landscape change (Texas is pretty cool to see change from urban to prairie to cactus in El Paso). I took a road trip to my first duty station from Pennsylvania to Arizona.

Take tons of photos!
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