The Jolly Swag at The Old Boarding House, Madrid, NM
After over 200 postings to A Year on the Road, it is time for a little tweaking: a little streamlining, perhaps a little sharper focus, and an effort to improve navigation.
The original blog is still intact and can be accessed at A Year on the Road
The blog is still a newsletter to friends and family about the simple days of my life, still a journal—a record on thoughts–of some of the topics that touch my personal warm buttons.
There is a table of contents page for the new blogs that has a separate link to each post. To go directly to this page click:https://allevenson2.wordpress.com/table-of-contents/
The original group of readers—passengers aboard the Jolly Swag has grown as I have met people along the way: RV travelers, denizens of coffee shops, and chance encounters. About half the readers on any day are surfers—people who’ve key-word-searched something that came up an essay.
The best surprise of the last two year’s worth of the blog is the conversation among the readers posted within the 2000 plus comments–the blog will continue to be a coffee house for the contributions of the blog’s readers.
The year on the road became two. And now a third is stretching out in front of me. Thus, the new blog, and new name: A Year on the Road—Again.
My gypsy life has evolved. I move ever more slowly—it took over a year to cross the Mississippi. California is no longer home base, although no new one has been designated. There may be two: Maine, where my extended family is clustered, and Florida, a good place to be during the months that this old guy’s blood turns to sludge.
The blog will continue to feature people. I had no idea how much I would enjoy finding new folks to connect with. There are quiet heroes who are making a difference without fanfare. None more special than Sgt. Andy Brandi, PTSD counsellor. And there are people whose lives are so different from my own and most of my collection of friends they are worth remarking about like Roy the Mountain Man, (the first of six essays) or the Bareassed Bookseller.
Look for essays about places, but not the ones that show up in the travel guides or popular magazines: places that are noteworthy locally and unknown in the next county, for example, The Bone Orchard at Madrid NM.
Sometimes I stumbled on events, wildly popular during their moment in the sun, diminishing with time and distance. The best of these was The Dalton Days of Coffeyville, KS.
The new blog will include some features that will appeal to those who are especially interested in the life of this particular nomad; or writers, of which there are many, who follow the blog; the photos, the maps, and the bucket lists will speak to the RV Wannabes
One thing will not change–Politics will not be a topic of any posts.
A Year on the Road—Again will be more of the same, but a little different.