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Road Trip Bangor to Albion New York

“Whose great idea was it anyway to try to drive 3,000 mile in three days?” the idea man spoke gruffly to himself, knowing damn well who was to blame. One entire night of driving is down, but I stand only 10 hours and 650 miles into a 46 hour haul across the USA. This country [...]

“Whose great idea was it anyway to try to drive 3,000 mile in three days?” the idea man spoke gruffly to himself, knowing damn well who was to blame.

One entire night of driving is down, but I stand only 10 hours and 650 miles into a 46 hour haul across the USA.

This country is big, and this is never more evident than after you travel for a dozen hours straight at highway speed, and get, for all intensive purposes, nowhere.

I am outside of Albion, NY now at my family’s home. I am on a quick, heart break sort of visit — I will be here just long enough to say goodbye.

I pulled off into the driveway of my paternal home at 10AM after a night of intermittently sleeping in my car at rest stops through Massachusetts and New York. Now, after a good meal of pot roast, I am getting back on the road at 4Pm.

I want to hit St.Louis tomorrow to visit my best friend Erik the Pilot — another heartbreak visit.

As my little Chinese sister screams and cries because I am about to walk out the door as quickly as I strode through it, I understand that the traveling life is good, but other ways of life are good, too.

Bangor Maine to Albion New York

Bangor Maine to Albion New York

Filed under: New York, Road Trip, USA

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Wade Shepard is the founder and editor of Vagabond Journey. He has been traveling the world since 1999, through 88 countries. He is the author of the book, Ghost Cities of China, and contributes to Forbes, The Diplomat, the South China Morning Post, and other publications. has written 3396 posts on Vagabond Journey. Contact the author.

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  • Mike Crosby September 13, 2009, 9:37 pm

    Hey Wade,

    I just drove across the US from Orange County CA to New Hampshire and back. In fact, my wife and I were going to my former Grandparent’s home, Whiting ME, but decided to pass this time. Ever hear of Whiting?

    I’m telling you, it was a lot of driving.

    Where you’re at now, the travelling is slow. But once you get on one of those big US highways, you can make up some distance. After this trip, both my wife and I will never complain that it takes a whole day to get from our home to NH in one day via an airplane.

    BTW, I don’t think I’ve ever written before, but I really do like your blog. I’ve subscribed. Maine is a wonderful land and I love the pictures you draw through your writings.

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    • Wade | Vagabond Journey.com September 14, 2009, 11:01 pm

      Hello Mike,

      Yeah, man, it takes a while to get across this country!

      It is good traveling though. Especially when you hit Indiana and realize that you have entered the heartland of America.

      Good traveling.

      Nope, I have never heard of Whiting ME. But if I ever end up wandering through it, I will say, “Hey, Mike is from this place . . .” haha.

      Thanks,

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