Few things say summer like hopping in the car, cranking up some tunes, and heading out on the road, top down or windows open, to check out the beauty that is a road trip across America. Some snacks, some friends, a tank of gas, and maybe a map is all you need. Well, that and the good music. Here are ten albums, in no particular order, that will rock and roll you down the highway on that upcoming summer road trip.
On February 28th, 2014, two best friends of over 24 years set out on a trip of a lifetime. They knew there was a big world out there, and they just had to see it for themselves. I am Brandon Elijah Scott, travel writer and photographer here on Eye & Pen, and my best buddy and budding filmmaker Matt Powell is accompanying me on my next journey. We will be traveling around the United States for the better part of four to five months, visiting over 30 states, and spending a bit of time in Mexico and Canada as well.
We will be publishing a ton of updates, articles, and photographs here on the blog, as well as on our social media accounts – follow me on Twitter (@eyeandpen) and Instagram (@eyeandpen). Plus, for as often as we can, we plan to release an internet television show, which will include our antics, thoughts, experiences, and perhaps some interviews along the way – you can follow updates about our series at Neauxmad (www.Neauxmad.com).
We hope that you will find inspiration, as well as entertainment from our writings, publishings, and films! Please feel free to reach out to us, by leaving a comment below, or by writing us directly here.
“A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.” —Tim Cahill
Welcome to the first episode of the series, Neauxmad – a five month trip of change, and enlightenment, across America and Canada. This series follows the happenings, hijinks, and antics of two long time friends of over 24 years. They set out from their home in Columbus, Ohio in February of 2014, and this is the beginning of the story...
I’ve been talking about it for years, and have been actually planning it for the past few months. The time is finally here! In about one hour is the official start of my 4-5 month trip around the United States – it will take me through over 30 states with a brief touch in Mexico, and a brilliant couple of weeks of touring western Canada. I’ve always wanted to go out west and to see all that Arizona and California have to offer, and while I’ve been to Los Angeles a couple of times, but other than a day trip to Joshua Tree National Park, I’ve missed out on everything else the western USA has to offer. I’ve been home visiting family since November, since I was overseas, traveling abroad for the better part of 8-9 months – and I’m beyond ready to head out again!
Although I’ve mentioned my first trip of the coming new year via Twitter, I thought it relevant to officially announce my trip and its tentative routing – henceforth, I officially announce that I will be road tripping around the USA with brief stops in Mexico and Canada in 2014. Now that’s out of the way... I’ve been touring around Europe for nearly six months now and I’ve had a growing feeling that I should see more of my own country when I get the next chance to. I’ve decided to finally put an expiration date on my current wanderings, as I’d really like to visit friends and family back home in Columbus, Ohio for the holidays. I’ll be touching down November 2nd at Columbus International. But without spoiling where I’ll be heading just yet, I thought it would be nice to update my current routing, prior to my return to the states:
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