From 2002-2004, I started planting the seeds of making an escape from the San Francisco Bay Area to somewhere with less traffic, a greater sense of community, a better life-work balance, a lower cost of living, and yet was still an ourdoorsy paradise. During this time, I created a list of a few dozen cities to potentially move to. In 2005, I pulled the trigger: I quit my job, sold my home, and embarked on a four-month journey around North America to visit every town I was considering.
Below is a summary of this journey, an adventure that would take me through 18 U.S. states and 2 Canadian provinces. “Research” through the western part of North America was done out of a forest green Alfa Romeo convertible.
- To explore all the places in North America that I was considering moving to. At the end of the trip, to make a decision as to where to live. (See my U.S. Cities Comparison to learn about my criteria.)
- To visit friends around the country.
- To see many of the sites I have always wanted to, including national and state parks along the way.
Below is the itinerary and status of my write-ups on the various cities.
|March 15||Durham, NC|
|March 16||Chapel Hill, NC|
|March 18||Asheville, NC|
|March 19||Knoxville Marathon|
|March 21||Knoxville, TN|
|March 22||Atlanta, GA|
|March 24||Athens, GA|
|March 25||BMW Zentrum|
|March 25||Backing Up Museum|
|March 28||Kitty Hawk, NC|
|March 29||Raleigh, NC|
|April 14||Boston, MA|
|April 18||Boston Marathon|
|April 22||State College, PA|
Western Road Trip
The Final Leg and New Home
|October 29||Plan B|
|October 30||Fort Collins Awards|
|October 31||Halloween in Fort Collins|
|December 14||Home At Last|
|December 18||Rist Canyon 100k, CO|