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Saturday, March 8, 2014

A Change in Plans

Somewhere in the back of my head was the thought that I'd make a giant, slow counterclockwise circle around the country, but due to recent developments, tomorrow I'll say goodbye to this enchanting place outside Patagonia, fire up the van, and start making my way back to LA.


In a couple of months, I'll be stepping away from this life on the road to go live a different sort of life on the road – you know, one of those music things. I got a call recently informing me that, at least in certain parts of the world, actual live music isn't completely dead yet, so starting around mid-May, I'll spend three months bouncing around Australia performing with a big band. Needless to say, I'm probably the only guy on the tour who will view living out of hotel rooms for three solid months as a significant lifestyle upgrade, but then, after looking above at my home for the past week, perhaps not. Time will tell.

It certainly has been a relaxing stint in these sprawling grasslands, and as I was telling fellow nomad Boonie this afternoon after he rolled into the area, it would be easy for me to stay right here for a few more weeks. But some minor suspension-related issues have arisen on the van, and because I want to take care of them before they grow into bigger issues (along with a few other upgrades while I'm at it), I've decided to go back now and spend a couple of weeks in the Workshop of Dreams.


Assuming all goes smoothly with that, I'll probably head back out on the open for a month or so before returning to LA to fly to Oz. All in all, a considerable change in plans, but hardly a bad one. And it highlights a key advantage of this simple and nomadic life – greater freedom to roll with the punches and take advantage of whatever opportunities life throws my way.

27 comments:

  1. Good for you! Australia is awesome, mate. We spent a month there in 2012.

    Have a fantastic time. Congratulations.

    You will regale us with blog tales from The Land Down Under, won't you??

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  2. After following your blog for some years now I must say that I find it remarkable that you think of Oz hotel rooms as a "significant lifestyle upgrade".

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    1. Someone else noticed that too...

      3 months is Australia sounds like an opportunity too good to miss & calling a hotel room an "upgrade" sounds like one's subconsciousness talking.
      Enjoy the trip!

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    2. A hotel room with a shower; air conditioning, internet access, a ceiling height of eight feet, an attached gym, and probably a restaurant with a bar, could be an upgrade of sorts.

      A potential downside would be having to share a room with someone you don't like. On the other hand if you only go to the room for sleep then it might not be so bad.

      Be sure to insure your instrument. Airlines have a bad reputation for losing and damaging luggage.

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  3. Beautiful pictures.With views like that I can understand your how even a hotel room in Oz might pale in comparison. I've longed to go to Patagonia for some time now but, for now, I am content exploring the U.S. fulltime. It is a wonderful life, made even better when we find the rare location with great live music. Enjoy.

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  4. When you start your Australian adventure, please include us. Just because you will not be living in a van doesn't mean that To Simplify doesn't have its interested readers. I'l LOVE to see pictures and adventures from down under . . . .

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  5. They rent some great vans in Australia. :)

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  6. Not sure how quickly you want to get back to LA, but if you think you'll be in the Lake Isabella area in a couple days, let me know and I'll hang around.

    Australia. 3 months. Expenses paid (I assume). Doesn't get much better than that.

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  7. Does the group you are touring with need a baggage handler --Pick Me, Pick Me. Did two 3 week trips to Oz, in 1988 and 1989 and would love to go again

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  8. When you come to a fork in the road, take it.

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  9. Look up the Rob Gray and his "wothahellizat"!

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  10. Where is Patagonia in the U.S.? I googled but only found the South American version -- and of course, the store.

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  11. Those of us that live non-linear lives have more fun.

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  12. We're all waiting with baited breath. Will the blog continue?

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  13. Growing Paleo movement in Oz, so you should be able to find good grub.

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  14. Seize the day! What a great opportunity. Hope you have a great time down under. Will look forward to your reports. And, expect you will return to the little red wagon afterward.

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  15. Glad for you, sad for us. Or will you keep us posted? Any chance you might take the van with you? It is, after all a "go almost anywhere" rig. Ahhh, adventure!

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  16. Remember that it will be late autumn when you arrive and will be winter for some of your trip. Bring appropriate clothing.

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    1. My Mom just called. She wants her job back.

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  17. You WILL still blog right? Maybe catch some footage of the band in action?
    That would be cool (and I'm all for shipping the van too!)

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  18. Change is always a good thing for all of us. Whether you're on the road or working 9-5 change makes our life interesting. Good luck in Australia.

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  19. Wow, adventuretime! Congrats on the gig. You're very talented.

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  20. Good travels to you down under...may the wind be in your hair and the beer in your belly, or something of that sort. Fans will be running around like panicked chickens if you stop blogging so you may have no choice but to continue. Let's hope your lifestyle upgrade doesn't spoil you and induce dreams of big diesel pushers :)
    Nina

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  21. Congrats on the life change. Seems like a worthwhile reason to move on. I will someday take over your present way of life, for a winter or two or more.

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  22. Glenn - Late coming thru-reader here, just up to Dec 2012 in back reading, but wanted to jump in here in more near real time to say that the closest I've come to your nomadic lifestyle was 5 weeks I spent in OZ a decade ago. More or less lived out of my rented Toyota Echo, and planned my travels around visiting NPs, and made the big cities brief interruptions of enjoying the peace and solitude of the Outback. It's a land of wonders and surprises - many Americans don't realize they have coastal mountains cloaked in rainforests that plunge right into the sea, as well as enough high, cold terrain to have a ski industry, which will be in season while you're there. I could make numerous recommendations of places to visit up & down the east coast, and through the Red Center (I missed Western Australia and the Darwin region) but I will offer just one unsolicited. If you're anywhere near Adelaide-Port Augusta, go to Wilpena Pound. It's a surreal horseshoe of green amidst all the dry redness that abounds. Take the circuit hike (10-12 miles) that includes St. Mary's Peak. You won't be sorry. There's a public campground at the entrance, but few go beyond the viewpoint 1/2 mile from there. The rest is a great taste of Australian solitude & scenery. I passed no one else when I hiked that circuit. If you'd like more rec's, just let me know - but that's the best and a guaranteed winner.

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