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Unshelved by Gene Ambaum and Bill Barnes

Unshelved by Gene Ambaum and Bill Barnes
Sixteen years ago my wife and I bought a pickup truck and a trailer, packed up our belongings and our dog, and embarked on a nine month tour around the USA (and a little bit of Canada). It had high points and low points but all in all it was a blast, and remains one of our greatest memories. (For a taste, here's the four-day diary I wrote for Slate) Now that we are parents of a teen and a preteen, it's time to do it again! We will leave Seattle on August 1 and circumnavigate the country clockwise, returning home about a year after we started. We have lots of ideas about where we'll go, but so far only a few milestones (including a few talks I'm already committed to).

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