I have hitchhiked the United States for most of 20 years. I am a Christian. I have had three books self-published: High Plains Drifter: A Hitchhiking Journey Across America (2008), The First Time I Rode a Freight Train & other hitchhiking stories (2012) and Writings from the Road (2016). I graduated from Iowa State University in 1995 with a BA in English Literature. I have been influenced by monastic and Pentecostal Christianity.
A short story, “High Plains Drifter”, was published by Ethos Magazine (Iowa State University) in 1995. Two poems, “Shiloh” and “A Prophet’s Eyes”, were published by Ethos in 1997. I also had a number of hitchhiking stories published on Digihitch.com.
“Thou must join in with the beginnings of life, and be exercised with the day of small things, before thou meet with the great things, wherein is the clearness and satisfaction of the soul. The rest is at noonday; but the travels begin at the breakings of day, wherein are but glimmerings or little light, wherein the discovery of good and evil are not so manifest and certain; yet there must the traveller begin and travel; and in his faithful travels … the light will break in upon him more and more.”
“Not I, nor anyone else can travel that road for you.
You must travel it by yourself.
It is not far. It is within reach.
Perhaps you have been on it since you were born, and did not know.
Perhaps it is everywhere – on water and land.”
“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door,” says Bilbo Baggins. “You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.”
–J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings
Luke 24: 32: “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”
“Familiar with the roads and settled nowhere.”
” . . . and when I choose to travel in the beaten road, it is not because I find it is the road, but because I judge it is the way.”
“Remember us in the roads, the heaven-haven of the Reward.”
–Gerard Manley Hopkins
Psalm 39: 12: “Hear my prayer, O LORD, and give ear unto my cry; hold not thy peace at my tears: for I am a stranger with thee, and a sojourner, as all my fathers were.”
“Don’t think now, take the road.”