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About The 1st Draft

I am a 30-something English teacher living in the Midwest who loves books, television, soccer, a good conversation, Cardinals baseball, and playing with my adorable nieces and nephews.

Air conditioner noises, adventures in camping, and lots of lakes

Miles driven: 364.8 Pages read: 305 Fish caught: 1 Today we got down to the real business of this road trip: fishing and reading. It was also the day we worked out some kinks. Last night we pulled in to … Continue reading

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“Very hot” temperatures, cheese curds, and soap

Miles driven: 406.4 This morning we slept in a bit and started out after a hearty breakfast made by our host. Before we left I checked the weather and noticed that Chicago has quite a different definition of “very hot” … Continue reading

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Megan and Noah’s Epic Road Trip Across America begins!

Miles driven: 438.5 About five or six years ago I had stopped in my hometown on one of my road trips and was talking to my oldest nephew, who was around 11 at the time. He said he wanted to … Continue reading

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Níl aon tinteán mar do thinteán féin

We took it easy today with a short trip south to a small town called Bray. After exploring the beach for a bit, we took the opportunity to dip our toes in this side of the Atlantic. After returning to … Continue reading

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Belfast, Giant’s Causeway, and a rope bridge

We’re nearing the end of the trip now but instead of taking it easy we decided to maximize our time and take a 13+ hour day trip to northern Ireland. We had to meet the bus a few blocks away … Continue reading

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Graves, a great guide, and goodbyes

Somehow we managed to have a lovely day today surrounded by death. Mom just told me I shouldn’t start with that because people will be worried that she died, but I’m confident you all know that I probably wouldn’t be … Continue reading

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The library, the gaol, and the gelato

It was an 18,985 step day for me today as we spent it exploring all over Dublin. First we had a walking tour that took us from our hotel, down the main street of O’Connell, to Trinity College, through the … Continue reading

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