Category: Road Diary

The “road diary” portion of Mike’s Road Trip is a section for daily (ish) posts geared to those who follow Mike’s Road Trip closely—it’s a section for more informal posts that share where Mike is currently, or, where he will be heading next.

Just left Page (Lake Powell) area

Well, I had an interesting evening last night...I did not have lodging secured and was planning on camping out (which you can hardly find a better area).  There was however a big storm baring down on me (and the area).  I had a camp spot in mind, but decided I...

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‘Endurance Bike Race’ goes through AZ

Yesterday I posted a video on a possible bike race...today I got more info and it's quite interesting. There is an endurance bike-race in progress called, "Race Across American (RAAM)," it's a 3000 mile trek that stared in Oceanside, CA (just a couple days ago) and will finish in Annapolis,...

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Drive from Wickenburg to Prescott

If you've never driven Hwy 89 from Wickenburg to Prescott, you really should give it a shot some time—it's a very interesting and scenic route.  However, for those who get car-sick easily...fare-warning, it's a sketchy road with many 15mph hairpin turns and switchback.  For those who are impatient, this trek...

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Met an interesting ol’-timer…

While on the train ride through Verde Valley yesterday, I met a really nice and interesting ol'-timer named "Vernon." Vernon is an Air Force Veteran who served in Korea (as did my Father). We talked each others' ears off about politics, and found our positions very much aligned. Funny though,...

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Heading to Cottonwood…

Heading to Cottonwood to ride the train through Verde Valley.  Will stop in Prescott and maybe Jerome along the way.  Will be staying at a quaint B&B called, Desert Rose. Stay tuned for more later...

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Packing up…

Well, I'm packing up for my first official day on the road.  For the past couple of days I've had the luxury of staying at my folks' place in Wickenburg, AZ.  First stop, Cottonwood, AZ area for a train ride through Verde Valley, something I've wanted to do for a...

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Close call this morning…

Close call this morning...I was hiking through the Hassayampa River Preserve, just outside Wickenburg, AZ this morning, when I almost  stepped on a HUGE snake...anyone know what kind it is?  I was walking so fast (looking at all the scenery), and with its camouflage, I was only a step or...

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Very Cool day in Wickenburg, AZ

Working on a story in and around Wickenburg, AZ... Had a very interesting day in Wickenburg today...went to a place called, "Vulture Mine" which is an old gold mine from the mid to late 1800s.  A preservation organization is trying to restore the area, but I kind of like it...

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First Media Interview…

I had my first media interview today, it was with Today Publications...a local publisher in Pinal County.  Today Publications prints several area newspapers as well as maintaining several websites, including San Tan Valley Today.  Zach is the reporter who interviewed me and is planning on updating his readers weekly (I...

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Left the Valley today…

Diary report for 6/6/10...left the Valley-of-the -HOT Sun today... It was another 110 degree day today, and thankfully, I'm heading out of the valley and will miss the excruciating summer heat!  I am staying with my folks in Wickenburg for a few days to say good-bye.  On my way out...

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Four Days and counting…An update…

Four Days and counting until I hit the road... I have been doing a lot of prep work these past couple months, e.g. building this website, selling my belongings to support myself until revenues start coming in, moving out of my house (my home for the past eight years), packing...

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