According to the first entry in the journal we kept, on Monday, May 17, 1993, at precisely 2:50pm, Bill Herrin and I embarked upon an epic cross-country road trip that has, over time, become the stuff of legends. Driving Bill’s 1984 Plymouth Horizon with over 135,000 miles showing on the odometer and a shift linkage that was literally held together with duct tape and rubber bands, our trip began in Columbia, Missouri and took us southwest through parts of Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and Nevada, then east from Las Vegas through Utah, Colorado, Kansas, and finally Missouri again. 

Travis Naughton

Before we hit the road, Bill and I wrote down some goals that we had hoped to accomplish during the trip. They were as follows: Visit our friend Rick in Arkansas. Leave the country (Go to Mexico). See an ocean. Gamble in Vegas. Tour Budweiser brewery and see Rush Limbaugh at Dan’s Bake Sale in Ft. Collins, Colorado. (Bill was a huge fan of Limbaugh’s. Me, not so much.) 

The final goal we wrote down was perhaps the trickiest: Survive.

~ Read the rest in today’s Journal ~

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