Day 10: Clairseville, OH to New York, NY

Miles: 420

Hours: 10 

Tesla Charging Stops: 4

Brenda's Highs and Lows

High: Getting the first glimpse of fall as all the trees in PA are beginning to change color. 

Low: Losing the lid to my favorite thermos... hopefully I'll find it during the unpacking process. 

High: Getting settled in New York for a weekend of hanging out with Chris, Sarah, and Eric. 

Sarah's Highs and Lows



Day 9: Louisville, KY to Clairseville, OH

Miles: 319

Hours: 7.5

Tesla Charging Stops: 3

Brenda's Highs and Lows

High: Visiting all my favorite childhood spots in Wheeling, West Virginia (the town where my parents grew up). 

Low: My favorite spots being full of strangers instead of the beloved relatives I used to visit.

High: Calling my parents and chatting about all our memories of Wheeling. 

Sarah's Highs and Lows

High: Seeing the houses my grandparents grew up in, visiting "Kucku...

Day 8: Memphis, TN to Louisville, KY

Miles: 384

Hours: 7

Tesla Charging Stops: 3

Brenda's Highs and Lows

High: Enjoying a delicious cappuchino Ken made me instead of the crappy motel coffee I've been drinking. 

Low: Fighting all day with my Tesla navigation system. 

High: Riding through Nashville with the windows down, hearing the live music, and seeing what the scene is all about. There's definitely going to be a return trip in my future!

Sarah's Highs and Lows

High: Wandering thr...

Day 7: Sikeston, MO to Memphis, TN

Miles: 140

Hours: 2.5

Tesla Charging Stops: 1

Brenda's Highs and Lows

High: Walking along the Mississippi River with Ken and Lanie and enjoying my first ever Mempop. 

Low: The lack of good coffee available in Sikeston, MO. 

High: Visiting with Ken (Lanie's dad) while enjoying the Lanie-Sarah Reunion. 

Sarah's Highs and Lows

High: Visting Lanie (the girl I nannied off-an-on for 5 years in California) in her new home in Memphis. 

Low: Reflecting on h...

Day 6: Columbia, MO to Sikeston, MO

Miles: 255

Hours: 4.5

Tesla Charging Stops: 3

Brenda's Highs and Lows

High: Sipping chai and watching the Tiger fans make their way to the stadium for game day. 

Low: A less-than-great hotel for the night. 

High: Trying all the local Missourian cuisine (i.e. fried ravioli, gooey butter cake, and throwed rolls). 

Sarah's Highs and Lows

High: Wandering the aisles of a local Columbian bookshop and discovering old copies of A Wrinkle in TIme, Th...

DAY 3: Midvale, UT to Grand Junction, CO

Miles: 282

Hours: 8.5

Tesla Charging Stops: 3

Brenda's Highs and Lows

High: Gazing at the rock formations at Arches National Park and imaging mythical origins for what felt like a giant's playground. 

Low: Not being able to buy wine in Target. What's up with this state? 

High: Taking Mowgli for a walk along the Colorado River and Duke Lake.  

Sarah's Highs and Lows

High: Witnessing the stunning beauty of Arches and falling in love with...

DAY 2: Lake Tahoe, CA to Midvale, UT

Miles: 570

Hours: 11

Tesla Charging Stops: 4

Brenda's Highs and Lows

High: Retracing the Nevada leg of Chris and Matt's Bike Ride Across America. 

Low: Never actually seeing a prison break, even though our entire route was lined with signs that read: "PRISON AREA: HITCHHIKING PROHIBITED". 

High: Watching Sarah witness the salt flats and come to the realization that that's why Salt Lake City has "salt" in the name. 

Sarah's Highs and Lows

High: W...

It all sarted with a hike. An innocent enough endeavor, but with dire consequences. 

You see, I was enjoying what was supposed to be a two-week visit to California. Then, one disasturous dog-walk later, I found myself inside an MRI, unable to straighten my knee, and unsure if I would be able to return to NYC anytime soon. Eventually, the doctor's orders arrived: I was couch-bound for 8 weeks. 

Those weeks passed without incident and, finally healed, the time came to return t...


Palm fronds drifted past the boat as our ferryman, known only as El Gato to me, guided us gently around mini-whirlpools in the brown river. El Gato hummed to himself, the only noise audible over the water’s rush. We drifted down the winding river, advancing deeper into the Amazon Rainforest. The morning fog dissipated to reveal the small Peruvian pueblo where three leaders had recently been charged for kidnapping an expat. When the boat docked on the sand bar it sank in: I...


There's a concept in yogic philosophy known as "sthira" and "sukha", roughly translated as "effort" and "ease". I have always loved this idea, but as someone who tends to inhabit the extremes, I have never been very good at living it.

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