Traveling On Trust

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Traveling On Trust (Blog Archive)

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During the summer of 2013. I hitchhiked 7,000 miles across small-town America, carrying nothing but a backpack, an empty wallet, and a sign that read Traveling On Trust.

I hitchhiked along cowpath highways and dime-sized towns, testing the hope that people will stop to help a stranger. I slept with a shotgun one night, rode fifty miles with a blind driver, and found myself trapped with a man who once attacked police officers with a machete—but despite a few nervous moments, I found good people. These Good Samaritans were truckers and criminals, meth addicts and Vietnam draft dodgers, New Age skiers and conservative Christians. Their diversity challenged my definition of what it means to be a good person, and my attempts to understand them came at the cost of my own convictions about right and wrong.

I kept a blog as I traveled, where I shared a few of the more significant stories that happened along the way. And The Spark, Calvin College’s alumni magazine, published a six-page feature about my story in the winter of 2013. Since that summer, I’ve written a full-length travel memoir called Traveling on Trust about the experience, and I’m in the middle of that long process of finding the ideal literary agent. Here are the blog posts:

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