Sunday, July 26, 2009

Road Show


"My witness is the empty sky."

-- Jack Kerouac


There's therapy in movement -- serenity in freefalling headlong into the unknown, particularly when what's known isn't so great. This is why, for a lot of people, the road is an anodyne. There's something indescribable about setting out with no particular destination in mind -- or with an eventual destination but no clear plan for how to get there -- and simply traveling. Going literally where the road takes you.

As it turns out, that's what I'm going to be doing for the next couple of weeks.

Beginning tomorrow, I'm hitting the road. I'll leave South Florida at sunrise and head north. My only clear goal is that by next weekend I want to be in New York City for the first birthday party that Jayne and I have put together for Inara. (Sadly, I'll miss my daughter's actual birthday, which is this coming Wednesday.) I've spent a lot of time lately turning over in my head where I was at this time last year and where I am now -- how drastically things have changed and how difficult that change has been. So for lack of a better cliché, I'm gonna clear my head a little by getting the hell out of town.

I've loaded up a roomy Dodge 1500 pick-up that I've been driving while in Florida -- after jokingly christening it "Nokota," named for Sitting Bull's famed breed of war-horses -- and I'm ready to road trip. I figure I'll start by heading up I-75, driving through Atlanta and so on, then, after I leave New York -- likely at the end of next weekend -- I'll come back down the East Coast, stopping in DC and who knows where else.

Somewhere north of me and interested in getting a drink or, you know, letting me sleep on your couch or something? Feel free to contact me through the comments, my e-mail or Facebook. I'm taking my laptop and mobile broadband hookup with me, as well as my digital camera, so I'll be updating regularly from the highway -- turning Deus Ex Malcontent, at least partially, into a bit of a road blog for awhile.

If nothing else, it should be interesting. I don't have any real plan or itinerary -- and that's sort of the idea.

To put a twist on another tired cliché: It's both the destination -- my little girl -- and the journey.

See you on the road.

32 comments:

Christine said...

Oh how neat, I didn't realize this was going to be a whole road trip! I'd be kind of jealous except I'm going out to South Dakota in September to do much the same thing... me, the Badlands, a car, and the open sky. No one else with me, no one else to tell me when and what to do. I hope you have a blast on the way there and back... (damn, does that mean I need an actual plan now? ::chuckle::)

Alex said...

Enjoy it! I'm driving NH to OR starting on Sat.

countryjoe said...

I live in Rome, Ga. Throw up your hand when you go past the Rome exit on 75.
Be safe.

Paul said...

Hey, Chez. Wanna stop off for a drink in Ocala, let me know. It's ironic, I just traveled down to Miami two weeks ago and wrote about the draw of the road on my blog.

VOTAR said...

I just got an email from Raoul. Some rambling nonsense about the Spirit of His People and curses about your testicles falling off for not bringing him along, as, apparently, the Spirit of His People requires of him and holy crap that baby got big.

Chez said...

I'll have to pick up a mate for Raoul.

Sr. Wrangler said...

We just did the free range vacation through New England. Ten states in nine days. No plan other than to stop if we saw something shiny. We're 25 miles south of D.C. Raise a flag if you need a cold one and a place to crash.

Captain Crab said...

Chez if you want to have a "actual road trip experience, get off the interstate and drive the backroads. Much more scenic and you don't have to put up with "Idiots on Vacation".

Blonde Savant said...

If you haven't passed Jacksonville yet, I'll meet you for a drink or some food.

blackbird said...

Sounds great. A solo roadtrip is not for the weak of character. Hope you've got an accompanying soundtrack lined up.

Happy trails!

gina said...

Atlanta here. I have a comfy couch in a very humble apartment(although I also have two young boy cats, so if you are allergic that could be a deal breaker), and live in a weird little enclave of artists with piedmont park at the end of my street. If nothin else, perhaps we can have a beer or food, etc.

May the road rise to meet you, and awful drivers stay the fuck out of your way. (That is how the saying goes, right?)

Anonymous said...

godspeed to you

hannah said...

I'll be in DC after September - couch/drinks available for your next road trip. I would suggest reading Travels with Charley along the way - a great road book, and one I prefer to Kerouac any day.

Cheryl Robbins said...

If you're heading up through Lexington, Kentucky we should grab a beer. Hell, I could give Drew a call and we could all grab a beer together. I'm off work tomorrow night, and on Wednesday I'll probably be getting out at around ten-ish. However, I'm headed to an amusement park today and won't have access to my computer for finalizing plans until late tonight. If you think it might work out, feel free to give me a call (or tell Drew to call me, my number is in your inbox). You passing through this way?

Deacon Blue said...

When you were still living in N.Y., I always did fancy the idea of buying you a cup of coffee and shooting the shit if I ever happened through the city before you got yourself settled into some regular gig again in someone's office.

Sadly, though, I'm a bit out of your way. Land of Stephen King and all that. And I wouldn't want Pennywise the clown to eat you or Randall Flagg to rip out your soul or something before you could head back south toward Inara's birthday.

Have a blast on the road man. Clear your head. Fill it with new stuff. Or both.

Wes said...

Sounds friggin sweet! My girlfriend and I are getting in the car and heading north this week too. We'll be hitting the Atlanta aquarium, the Blue Ridge Mountains, Rochester, the Adirondacks, and finally spending the most time at Acadia National Park in Maine. I am so freaking tired of swamp, I need to see some mountains!

Jen said...

you're more than welcome to crash here (we cook some pretty awesome food in my house), but i'm pretty sure wisconsin is a bit out of the way. safe travels!

Donal said...

You could join us for the Health Care rally in DC on Thursday.

The Army Wife said...

If you need a beer (or two or three) anytime you're in NC along I-95 -- let me know :) My treat!

Beth said...

Chez,
If you ever make it to Chicago, I'd love to have a beer with you.

Anonymous said...

You'll have more fun if you get off the interstate.

Tania said...

Next best thing to a road trip - a road trip blog by a good writer!
My couch and local pub are somewhat off your route, sadly (you'd have to cross the Atlantic!)

Have a safe trip, enjoy, and no kidding she's getting big! (And ever cuter, of course).

Anonymous said...

Gosh, does she look like mommy or what? Enjoy and be safe.

em said...

I second that drink in Chicago offer--although I'm much more of a vodka person. Be safe, and I love that picture.

MataHari said...

It's amazing to see how much she has grown! I know Arizona is too far, but if you ever find yourself on the old 66 Road, stop on by, take it easy and the sangria is on me.

Adrienne Saia said...

If you accidentally end up in Colorado, give a holler my way. Couch rules: must love pit bulls, acerbic humor, Jack Daniels.

Jeremy said...

Well, If you decide to head west at some point in the future, or take a huge detour on your way back south, we'll keep a beer cold (and clean sheets) for you in Austin, TX.

Nysa said...

If you find yourself near Blacksburg, Virginia, let me know, stop in and I'll buy you a drink and give you a tour. It's not a bad little town, considering. Safe travels and enjoy your time with beautiful Inara.

kanye said...

3 for Chicago.

Kevin said...

If you find yourself in Boston I'm happy to serve as Official Pub Tour Guide. Think of it as a Freedom Trail of booze...

Anonymous said...

There's therapy in movement -- serenity in freefalling headlong into the unknown, particularly when what's known isn't so great. This is why, for a lot of people, the road is an anodyne. There's something indescribable about setting out with no particular destination in mind -- or with an eventual destination but no clear plan for how to get there -- and simply traveling. Going literally where the road takes you.

is this something you wrote or a quote somewhere? its beautiful

Chez said...

All me -- and thank you.