I plan on leaving in one month . . . that will give me one week from the end of school. My sister has agreed to drive me to the East coast and drop me off. 

I'd be lying if I said I wasn't a little nervous. I'm a little concerned about my sleeping situation. I have a tent, but I don't want to accidentally sleep somewhere I shouldn't. In the larger cities I'm not sure what I'll do. I don't have enough money to continuously sleep in motels. I will probably have to rely on the goodwill of others and shelters. 

My friend told me about the site, www.couchsurfing.com, which is a networking site of people who open up their homes and couches to travelers. I will probably try to use that service as best I can. Thanks, Dana!

I've got most of my supplies: backpack, camcorder/camera, compass, indestructible/water resistant phone, first aid kit, walking stick w/ flashlight, thermometer, tent, sleeping bag, laptop, spare clothes, and other things.

I'm looking into walking for Free the Slaves, an organization focused on ending worldwide slavery: child soldiers, human trafficking, etc. Ball State has a chapter founded by one of my co-workers (Phil Call) in the Writing Center at Ball State.

Wish me luck and I'll keep you posted!

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4/23/2009 09:35:26 pm

You're not the first to do this and I'm sure you won't be the last; however, you are few among many. I commend you for what you're doing. Good luck and Godspeed!

Phillip Call
5/8/2009 02:06:22 am

On your map, it looks like you'll be going right through Logan, UT. When you get there, let me know - I have some family right there in the city. They know a great ice cream and cheese place in town. :)

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