Bucket List 196: The USA!

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Country 1/196: The United States of America. Every journey must start somewhere, and mine began in January 2015 on the shores of Waikiki Beach, Hawaii, after a rather substantial victory in a casino in Vancouver, and a spontaneous booking of a flight to The Aloha State. What followed that year was a trip to every other state in America (without getting shot), which included a four-month road trip to the very brightest and darkest parts of a quite spectacular nation.

The Road Travelled

Tales From The USA

Top Tips… The USA!

December 13th, 2017 Jack Noah Rees Top 3 Reasons To Visit  ·   Jack's Bucket List 6  ·   Tales From The USA The United States of America. A country that kick-started my love of road trips, as well as opening my eyes to some of the single-most impressive geographical features on planet earth. From the sprawling conurbations in the East, to the great plains…

New Video: 1 Year – 50 States – A Journey through America

July 30th, 2017 Jack Noah Rees Below is a video of my 2015 journey to every state in America. Along with three others, we drove around the contiguous United States in two old, rusting minivans as well as making trips to Alaska and Hawaii. We met hundreds of wonderful strangers who stopped their own lives in order to help us on…

50 American Facts or Fictions?

May 17th, 2016 Jack Noah Rees Good day folks. Having lived in the United States of America for ninety days without getting shot, I would like to take this opportunity to dispel, or confirm, fifty myths or misconceptions that I may, or may not, have believed were true before I started this journey. Admittedly, sweeping generalisations are made throughout but most…

The Maine Objective

November 30th, 2015 Jack Noah Rees Last week, the Voyager circumnavigated skyscrapers in NYC and soared with the Eagles in Philly before reaching a frostbitten New England. In week fifteen, the journey nears its conclusion as a momentous milestone draws closer. Day 99 – Brattleboro, VT to Gorham, NH Our final few days in America begun with a leaky water carrier…

Enter the Bird’s Nest

November 23rd, 2015 Jack Noah Rees Last week, the Voyager passed through ten states, and Washington D.C. for good measure, from Florida in the scorching South to New York in the bustling North-East. In week fourteen, the journey breaks South to fly with the Eagles before soaring high into a freezing New England. Day 92 – New York, NY Our week…

Capital Investment

November 18th, 2015 Jack Noah Rees Last week, the Voyager travelled as far South as South goes, encountering All Hallows’ Eve in Key West before visiting Baloo in Orlando. In week thirteen, the journey heads North on a state-a-day quest through Appalachia towards the nation’s capital and beyond. Day 85 – Orlando, FL to Charleston, SC So today would be our…

All Hallows’ Keys

November 7th, 2015 Jack Noah Rees Last week, the Voyager met with Patricia in Texas and followed her destructive path around the Gulf of Mexico before breaking free in the Sunshine State. In week twelve, the journey reaches the absolute end of the road before the final Northern leg begins in earnest. Day 78 – Venice, FL to Miami, FL Summer…

Flood

October 29th, 2015 Jack Noah Rees Last week, the Voyager entered the Deep South for the first time, following the old Bourbon Trail through Kentucky and Tennessee, before re-joining Route 66 in Missouri. In week eleven the journey stalls in the Gulf of Mexico as Hurricane Patricia has her spectacular say. Day 71 – Chandler, OK to Denton, TX Just a…

The Bourbon Trail

October 22nd, 2015 Jack Noah Rees Last week, the Voyager witnessed birthday celebrations in Chicago, came up against The Fighting Irish and braved Motown. In week ten the journey follows the old Bourbon Trail from Jim Beam country to Jack Daniel’s before crossing the Great Plains for the final time. Day 64 – Cincinnati, OH to Glasgow, KY We began week…

Searching for Sugar Man

October 18th, 2015 Jack Noah Rees Last week, the Voyager exited the Great plains, visited several breweries and caught its first glimpse of the Windy City. In week nine the journey pauses in Chicago for a name-day celebration and some pizza pie before heading North to see whatever is left of illustrious Motown. Day 57 – Chicago, IL Chicago town. America’s…

Great Lakes and Amber Nectar

October 14th, 2015 Jack Noah Rees Last week, the Voyager returned to the wilderness of the North, visiting the Rockies for the final time whilst commencing its crossing of the Great Plains. In week eight the journey heads South-East, through the flat, vast land of ten thousand lakes, towards America's second city. Day 50 – Bismarck, ND to Fargo, ND As…

Great Plains and Prairie Dogs

October 2nd, 2015 Jack Noah Rees Last week, the Voyager finally made it out of Sin City, circled the Grand Canyon and visited the home of Heisenberg. In week seven the journey heads North, through colder climates and the Rockies for the last time as the group splits once more. Day 43 – Santa Fe, NM Our bedraggled arrival in Santa…

308 Negra Arroyo Lane

September 27th, 2015 Jack Noah Rees Last week, the Voyager survived the Mexican border, Death Valley and even Hollywood as the minivans ended the week rolling down The Strip. In week six the journey temporarily halts in Vegas before continuing East through the home of Heisenberg, Pinkman & Fring towards Santa Fe. Day 36 – Las Vegas, NV It was the…

Rags to Riches

September 24th, 2015 Jack Noah Rees Last week, the Voyager headed inland to view some large slabs of granite and a water-less waterfall before moving South through a drought-plagued state towards Los Angeles. In week five the journey visits Hollywood, gets as close to the Mexican border as one would dare and visits the hottest place on earth. Day 29 –…

Drought

September 12th, 2015 Jack Noah Rees Last week, the Voyager travelled through the tallest forest in the world, crossed the most famous bridge in America and felt the spray of the Pacific Ocean on its windscreen once again. In week four the journey heads inland to the very heart of California before doing a quick U-turn to continue down the Pacific…

Redwoods and Golden Gates

September 3rd, 2015 Jack Noah Rees Last week, the Voyager made safe passage across a tricky national border, survived a forest fire and lost a race to a Montanan bar. In week three the journey continues South along the Pacific coast through the tallest forest in the world and on towards an iconic American city. Day 15 – Portland, OR The…

Rendezvous at The Rhino

August 29th, 2015 Jack Noah Rees In its first seven days the Voyager has ascended high mountain roads, camped next to glaciers, visited two national parks and crossed a provincial border. In week two the backdrop of The Rockies remain as the journey heads South, across the American border, into Montana for a meeting in Missoula. Day 8 – Banff Week…

Bears and Ex-Rabbits

May 13th, 2015 Jack Noah Rees A long winding climb in the cold Alaskan dusk led us up to Hatcher Pass. Hidden amongst the snow-covered peaks of the Talkeetna mountains was a road unlike any I had seen before. Not a soul in sight and bitterly cold, we ascended until the tarmac turned to snow and we could not go any…

Alaska for a Lift

May 7th, 2015 Jack Noah Rees Time to head beyond the wall to the most Northerly part of my North American journey, and quite possibly the furthest North I will ever go. Less than a day's drive from the arctic circle, the next stop on my trip was Anchorage, the largest city in Alaska. More than half of Alaskan's live in…

Man Overboard

February 11th, 2015 Jack Noah Rees It was the morning after the night before, although that is always the case, and I had to catch a bus to Wai'anae Boat Harbor on the West Coast of O'ahu. Having got off the bus five stops too early, a sweaty jog in the mid-morning Hawaiian sunshine was required in order to catch the…

Hawaii Five-0

February 4th, 2015 Jack Noah Rees Aloha! Welcome to O'ahu. What better way to start my journey across America than in the 'Paradise of the Pacific' - Hawaii. Having been living in a Canadian winter for the last four months, the weather here certainly gave a shock to the system. Once I was outside Honolulu airport the humidity made it tricky…

 

Photos

USA: Plates from the States

USA: New England

USA: Atlantic South-East

USA: Mid-Atlantic

USA: Deep South

USA: Great Lakes

USA: Great Plains

USA: South-West

USA: California

USA: Pacific North-West

USA: Rocky Mountains

USA: Alaska

USA: Hawaii

Videos

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