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Today is March 15th, the ides of March, and it is the final day of our adventure across and around America. Of course, in my opinion, the last day of any adventure is also the first day of the next adventure. So today, on my last day, I hopped on a very early morning flight to San Angelo, Texas, where I will participate in a week-long well drilling course with a group called Water For All International ( I arrived in the morning, and the course officially began today, though bad weather and flight delays (of other students) has held us back a bit. Lauren spent her last/first day on a solitary fifteen and a half hour drive from Tampa, FL, to Searcy, AR. A great time for her to reflect on the past month as well as anticipate the coming ones.


It’s a rainy night in Louisiana. The bright lights of Baton Rouge flash across our windows as we pass the city’s gaudy billboards. The raindrops on our windshield are illuminated. I am typing. I type on our laptop.A brand new (and replaced at no cost) hard drive spins inside. We are on the final major leg of our trip: a long drive from Austin, TX, to Tampa, FL, where we will celebrate the wedding of good friends.

The road elongates before us, challenging us to break another 1000 miles. At least 6, maybe 7, already lie behind us.

Our old hard drive sits in an office in Austin, TX, with some elaborate gizmo attached to it, fighting for any data that can be saved. We await its outcome.

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