Justin and Silver Al


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Thank You and Good Bye!

Justin, Eli and Silver Al

SO THIS JOURNEY HAS COME TO AN END... If you are reading this I would like to thank you.  If you liked me before I hope you still like me now, if youīve never met me, I hope you might want to someday.  I havenīt gone back and read all the things that I wrote, but I imagine that some is interesting, some is funny, some is redundant, some is juvenile, some is horrifying and most of it pretty sloppy. 
You must realize that driving around on a trip like this is a very different experience than the many backpacking trips I have been on up to now.   On a driving trip like this you donīt always visit all the important sites or stay in all the important towns.  You don't meet as many other fellow travelers.  What you do is you drive, often all day, sometimes in intense environments. When you finally park for the night, you tend, in my experience, to want to go out, see a little of the village that you are in and hit the local watering hole, where the people gather.  Often times there is not too much to report about a day of driving and thus the night life gets the focus.  Tie three months of this lifestyle together and if this trip reads more like a {adult} comic book than a respectable piece of informative travel writing, that's fine by me but I hope I didn't lowball your expectations.   I guess I will see when I go back and read what I wrote. 
On a similar note, and as you all can tell, this website has no spell checker and Iīm a miserable speller.  Also, between the most mis-fit keyboards (keyboards that have the letters rubbed off, keys missing, stuck keys, keys that rapid fire 4 or 5 letters off at one touch and a few that are just miss-wired (hit the 'f' key for a 'k', ect.) and whirlwind internet cafe assaults, I realize that the grammar in some passages might seem to be written in a dialect other than our (my) native tongue.  It has taken a bit of courage on my part to post writing in such a hap-hazard style, for such a broad variety of different people to see....many people that I have not yet had the pleasure of meeting.  As once a student of English, I am accustomed to writing, spellchecking, editing, re-writing and editing again before anyone sees what it is I am trying to write.  I am hoping to do a little more editing once I get home (for myself...I don't expect any of you all to feel an urge to go through this all over again.) but I also know that I am jumping straight into a very busy time trying to get the hotel open so who knows how much more I will get to do.  
At this point the blur that was the past three months is a tangle of memories, the most current always overriding those memories of a month ago.  It shall be fun to read through my earlier impressions.  It will also be embarrassing, I'm sure, to read through some of the lousier passages that I'm sure I've written, cliche-ridden, misspelled, sentimental, childish, arrogant.  I know I have written in all different states of mind and in crazy rushes, trying to upload photos with alarms going off, internet cafe staff glaring and Eli honking the horn cuz we've gotta go. C'est le vie!  
What definitely is in order is to issue a HUGE thank you to Eli Bliss for joining me on this trip.  If you can believe it, we never had one argument, one bit of down time, one miscommunication.  We have a lot in common and are very different at the same time...a strong traveling combination.  I was planning on doing this trip alone, by default, because no one else had the time, interest or funds.  Had I done this trip alone, it would have been much more difficult and I can't say where I'd be right now.  My guess would be that I would have run out of time a lot further north. 
So thank you Eli!  Friendly, brave, steadfast, open-minded, adventurous, full of energy and so much fun. You've gotten my back countless times over the past few months and you know I've always got yours!
Oh and also, while y'all make me blush to get to say it, regarding book deals, interviews, publishing rights, motion picture collaboration, Thank You for the offers and encouragement, and while I am so humbled at the excitement this trip has generated for some, I'm just not really into these sorts of things right now. Maybe check back later when I'm old and broke and banged up. For now I'm just kinda more focused on writing new chapters in my life's book than revisiting days gone by. After all, I left on this trip with a number of people I care about begging me to re-consider and convinced I wasn't coming back, but I did come back and in that light, each extra one of life's boxes I get to check moving forward is sorta a bonus. ...and I've got a lot of boxes left to check...many more difficult to achieve than driving around in an automobile. Travels for sure, but also loftier stuff like becoming a better person and finding true love and giving back to the human race and the planet. I need to increase my flexibility too...darn tight hamstrings! Anywho, I promise I won't drag you through a blog of all my life's upcoming chapters, but I will keep you posted and hope you do the same!
BUT, for now,
I got a plane to catch...over and out!
Q: How many kids with ADD does it take to screw in a light bulb?
A: Let's ride bikes!
Q: How many kids with ADD does it take to drive a car from Maine to Ushuaia?
A:  Two! Two light bulbs.