…and home

forty seven US States!
forty seven US States!

People of Earth: the truck made it home!  Two weeks ago, actually.  And we’ve slowly been settling back into civilian life, whatever that means.  But first, a little run down of our final days on the road.

terrible after-hours photo of Idaho Poster
terrible after-hours photo of Idaho Poster

First, a stop in Boise, Idaho, to visit the fabulous ladies at Bricolage.  This was supposed to be my very first stop on the tour way back in June, but when I got hit in the face with a bungee cord, I had to alter my travel plans a bit.  I was so thrilled to finally get back out this way and see what they’re up to.  Bricolage is a lovely store/gallery, featuring all manner of handmade goodness from Idaho artists and beyond.  In their words: Bricolage = low-brow art + high-brow craft. Nice.  I also got to meet and collaborate with Bingo Barnes, a local letterpress printer who recently opened shop as Idaho Poster & Letterpress.  His shop is a little maze of rooms stuffed full of type, cuts, and presses – I can’t wait to go back to play around and make some posters with him one of these days.

the sky threatened to snow all day long, but rarely did
the sky threatened to snow all day long, but rarely did

I spent a cold night in the truck and awoke before dawn to get a start on a long drive, back-tracking to Bozeman, Montana.  I was heading there for a second time (first visit was in August), but this time around it wasn’t for a printing event – it was to meet up with four ladyfriends (my old college roommates!), all of whom live on the East coast so I don’t get to see them very often.  It was a bachelorette party, of sorts.  But with less strippers and more hiking.  Probably an appropriate amount of booze, though.  There was definitely a little of this:

And a good deal of this:

And quite a lot of this:

And all around us was this:

It was such a great week.  It felt so good to be with such dear friends at the tail end of this huge adventure – exactly the right way to close out an epic journey of self discovery, with the familiarity and comfort of old friends.  And then, as we were saying our goodbyes and parting ways, and I was gearing up for the last five days of solo travel, this treat:

yay!
yay!

I think it was the truck’s way of saying “Don’t go gettin all soft just yet, we’re not quite done here.” It did snap me back into travel mode again.  So, umm, thanks?

I got the tire fixed and hit the road to Missoula, for a visit to Noteworthy Papers & Press, a sweet little stationery shop downtown.  The next day I drove through the Idaho panhandle and into Washington, to Spokane.  I did one printing event at a bar downtown called Mootsy’s, then headed outside of town to visit the art/design department at Eastern Washington University.  And then it was time to go home.  I drove all day through Washington and into Oregon.  It rained, and then the sun came out, and then it rained again.  A pretty perfect way to return to the Pacific Northwest.

Home is up there, just around the bend.

2 Responses to …and home

  1. Congrats! — What an awesome trip!

  2. Thank you, Kyle, for taking us all on this journey with you. I’ve enjoyed the ride immensely.