The Road Trip: Day two

Posted: July 27, 2016 by timjollymore in On the Road, Uncategorized

Metaphors to travel by


I’ve been thinking that doing a book tour, or any extended tour by car, is very much like writing a novel. In this world of exactness and science, let me extend you a metaphor on this subject. The elements of a novel are all the belongings you truck along with you on your tour: On the one hand character, theme, plot elements, setting, chapters and all; on the other hand camping gear, food stuffs, cooking utensils and stove, appearance clothing, cold-hot-wet weather clothing, books to sell, and books to read [I’ve picked up Richard Cohen’s HOW TO WRITE LIKE TOLSTOY]. Look at this:


Back lid coffee box


Getting the picture?

All right. You pack (see Day one) but not everything fits exactly as it should, for instance your coffee box doesn’t carry all the paraphernalia, so a pound of Peets is stowed in a back pack. Does honey go in the coffee box or the food box? Where in the heck do you put your .81 Asprin. For God’s sake you can’t forget to pop one-a-day, can you.  Listen: As you write a novel, you must rearrange things, sometimes whole chapters, sometimes scenes, sometiimes “times” events occur. You don’t know yet, at the beginning of the writing, exactly which will be most important, which may be left behind. On the trip so far, I’ve moved my laptop from the front seat (a favorite “grab and go” location for theives) to, well, and undisclosable location.  Water rides up front with me, but also in the back. Should I keep fresh fruit in the front or in the cooler? We shall see.

Day 2 2

T. Statton, succulent


But for sure, T. Stanton, my succulent, gifted me by my daughter, Amy, rides shotgun. I’ve tipped T.S. twice in two days, but where else could he get his quota of sunshine?



Objective: this is NOT metaphorical: STAY ON THE ROAD. Don’t text, don’t read fb or email, and keep the ship on this side of the dotted line. In other words, keep your eyes on the road.  A few examples (roll-over captions).

The logistics: Day one – Alameda to west of West Wendover (CA and NV). Day two – in two hops, West Wendover to Provo to Grand Junction (UT and CO).

Finally, it is hot. That is not a complaint, but perhaps I should file one on behalf of this juniper outside of Green River, UT, which has to brook temperatures from subzero to 110 F. Day 2 8

Whew! That’s hot, just 98 at noon.

  1. T. Stanton, nice name.

    I’m glad the richly named succulent weathering the ride. We all tip over in life.


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