Hi, I'm Dan. I've been all over America and to the far side of the world. This story is my way of taking you with me to some of those places. I hope it inspires you to take a journey of your own.
-Dan Grinthal, author of Where the Stones Touch the Sky
There was something in Ben's soul that was always leaving.
It was time he went and found it.
One sunny day in early June, sensitive Ben Nelson and brash Tyler Fox ditch their predictable futures in a struggling city and set out to explore the American West.
The road to summer freedom runs from abandoned urban haunts to the jazz clubs of New Orleans; from the deep forests of Kentucky to the enchanted deserts of New Mexico; and from tiny factory towns to the Rocky Mountain plains—all peopled by a cast of drifters, revelers and wilderness-dwellers who have chosen a life far off the beaten path.