A Short-Term Setback

The Coronavirus came from nowhere in February and within just a few weeks all my future trips were canceled. I had a trip scheduled early March to Uzbekistan, Pakistan and India going through China. Now it seems pretty obvious why that one got nixed.

Second was a trip to Chicago for St. Patrick’s Day to cover the parade and the dyeing of the river. That got canceled 3 days before I was supposed to leave.Third was a stay at the famous ice hotel in Quebec before the end of it’s season. That canceled the day before.And finally a cruise to Italy with my mom and her husband…ha. No one’s taking any cruises to Italy anytime soon.

I got creative, bought a van and took it out for 10 weeks on the road. I was able to visit my 50th state, see some random things around the US that I’d missed before and work on my book. One of the things that I did during this time was an experiment to see if I could do a road trip with no money. i visited the Tiger King zoo, did Ozark filming locations, saw the Bridges of Madison County, checked out Hemingway’s house in Key West, visited the original locations of Pepsi, Dr. Pepper, and Coke…

The entire travel industry shut down, but as I write this at the beginning of August, travel bans are being lifted and things are starting to look more hopeful.

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