Monday, August 20, 2007

Sunset in Ocean City, New Jersey



After two and a half months, some 10,000 miles, 24 states, 3 oil changes, over a thousand pictures and probably too much beer, my travels with Black Betty concluded where they began: Ocean City, New Jersey.



The trip began with a sunrise, so it seems fitting that I'd pull into town last night in time for the sunset. I planned to sit on the beach and stare wistfully out at the Atlantic, ruminating on the events of the summer, but it was raining. A cold, relentless, heartless rainy day in August on the coast of the Atlantic. Whenever rain is concerned, I can't get the song "Raining in Baltimore" by the Counting Crows out of my head.

Instead I watched "Superbad" at the Strand 5 Theater on the boardwalk. The movie stood in heavy juxtaposition to how I was feeling.

After the movie I walked back to Black Betty parked on 7th street and climbed into the back for the last time of this trip. I lay down amidst the rope and jumper cables that I never had to use, the ginger beer I picked up in Toronto, the dirty towel, my several Nalgenes and the general mess representing life on the road.

I stared up at the ceiling, listened to the rain falling, and fell asleep. In the morning, for the first time all summer, I had nowhere to go but home.

8 comments:

Ezra said...

What an amazing Journey.

Scotticus said...

Thanks.

Stayed tuned for the epilogue...

LukisWeb said...

Quiet a few items you picked up on this trip! Did you get the corn framed?

Kirsten said...

I'm glad you made it home safely! I know Dad and Bess are happy to see you.

Kirsten

Anonymous said...

I came here a few weeks ago via your post on the 'Frugal Traveler'. I stayed because of the interesting locales and fun writing. Good blog, post again if you visit Europe.

Amanda said...

By the way, I don't have an IPOD either. Though you probably do by now. Anyway, I am texting you so text me back or email!
Mandi from Paul's par-TAY

Dad said...

Great to have you home! Kirsten's right - Bess and I are glad to see you.

the chef said...

Weclome back Scott.

I thank you for giving me an escape from the chaos and rigors of life here at camp through your masterful writing this summer as you documented your journey.

We are still going full steam ahead here at camp and won't see a break until next Tuesday... we should have some sort of gathering after then. A little campfire out here... or a P.J.'s thing... whatever.

Drop a line.

Be good...

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