A five thousand mile motorcycle trip from Austin, up to Oklahoma City, and then along Route 66 towards Santa Fe, with many stops in Colorado, Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico, before returning to Texas and skirting the Mexican border on my way back to Austin.

Highlights included hanging out with Rusty and Merin in Santa Fe; climbing the enormous sand dunes at Great Sand Dunes National Park; visiting the amazing rock formations of Monument Valley, Arches National Park, and Canyonlands National Park; walking out into the snowy gypsum landscape of White Sands National Park; seeing lots of bats at Carlsbad Caverns and the Devil's Sinkhole; and camping in a nearly-deserted Big Bend National Park.