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The Locals – New Mexico

New Mexico “It’s all downhill from here…” they said. The New Mexico portion of the route actually ended up being some of the hilliest days and most remote. Many days were spent meandering through pines and desert brush without interaction with...

The Locals – Colorado

Colorado Colorado was the state where the tourists really overtook the locals & I really had to seek out those who had deep roots in these Colorado towns. Luckily, an unexpected shorter day led to likely my most memorable interview of the trip in Hartsel where the...

The Locals – Wyoming

Wyoming Upon entering Wyoming, you are immediately thrust into downright beauty. Yellowstone is to the north and the Tetons are to the south, and thanks to a kind solo hiker, we were able to camp in his site, right beneath the view above. Wyoming was as diverse with...

The Locals – Montana

Montana With enthusiasm overflowing from the overall excitement of the beginning of the journey, I tended to catch people off-guard when I would ask them a question beyond the typical “How are you?”. This state was a learning experience of how to approach...