here are maps of most of where i’ve driven in the past decade.

technically there are a couple lines on the map that are a few weeks more than a decade (mainly one of the low resolution lines from atlanta to north carolina then back to south carolina, missing the pieces to/from florida), however a lot of the gps data from when i had my first truck is also missing (as i didn’t really start logging it until the long trip west a little over 9 years ago (and a good bit of what was recorded back then was low resolution (sometimes just connecting a couple of saved points on the map quite far from each other), making for some long straight lines on the map that aren’t exactly precise)).

most of the lines / routes in florida were done in the last 2.5 years, with my first electric car and the tiny van i currently have (which i’ve already (a bit ridiculously) driven more miles in the first 7 months, than my first van that i had for almost 2 years, or the car before that which i had for 2.5+ years).

last month the idea came to me that i could probably set a world record for the most unique routes / miles driven in a state (at least in the least number of total days, and/or for someone who’s not a professional driver), though not sure it’s worth doing so (as it seems it’d only be promoting the ever-rampant culture of more, better, bigger, faster, etc, etc. in this line of thinking/feeling, i decided not to do another long drive or two that i was thinking of doing before rendering this map (that would’ve filled in even more of the gaps in florida)).

now that i’ve driven through most of the main roads in florida (and a number of routes to/from chicagoland), it looks like its time to start exploring new parts out west. (hopefully by next summer i’ll have a trailer, larger van, or other solution that will be much more effective (and comfortable) to live out of, so i can slow down and take my time enjoying the long journey through the wide open landscapes)


these are all the star-lapses i shot on the journey i took from chicagoland to california and then to florida, between september and november of 2012


it’s nice that the last couple years when i’ve gone up to chicagoland in november, that i’ve felt like seeing snow and have had the first snow of the season show up during the week or so i’ve been in town. as you can see in the video, the morning commute in and evening commute out of the city weren’t exactly the most pleasant. it’s hard to fathom why so many people put themselves through that every single day, especially with the long winters up there. i was a bit upset that my friend didn’t pay me for the time i was up there evaluating a new business opportunity for him (and he never got me any work out of it), though i’m grateful i don’t have to be dealing with that sort of traffic on an everyday basis. i enjoy the long commute i have from one bedroom to the other :) i’m also grateful that i got invited to multiple thanksgiving dinners while i was in town. it was really nice to spend time with different friends while i was in town in the cold winter.


this is a compilation of all 72 days of the journey i took from chicagoland to california and then to florida, from september 6th to november 16th in 2012. this is running at 5x the normal speed (otherwise it’d be around 19.5 hours long). it includes all of the following parts:

– from chicagoland to california [a five week adventure]
– life in california [three and a half weeks]
– from california to florida [just under two weeks]