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Join Dan and Janice as they talk travel, dream big, and set out on a new adventure in their 27' Airstream trailer, Evangeline. Out for 64 days on the road this summer with their 13-year-old, 3-year-old, and dog, they're exploring the American Southwest while navigating through life's challenges along the way. Listen weekly and come along for the ride!

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    Day 62: Just because you've passed through a place doesn't mean you know it.

    Week Nine takes a detour into Lincoln Nebraska, the latest stop on the road home. Instead of just pulling into the campsite and holing up, everyone follows the 14-year-old's lead and venture into Lincoln.

    This is a town that Dan and Janice have passed through for nearly 20 years and other than a couple short random stops have never really explored and it turns out, it's pretty charming!

    Plus, this extended run of drive days has Dan thinking about what's possible if you crank out 1000 miles in one shot like this.

    Week Nine and the Road Home continue!

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    Day 61: Stretched out on the Tarmac Six Miles South of North Platte.

    The Road Home begins, and the first stop lands Evangeline at a campground off I-80 in North Platte, Nebraska.

    It's nothing special but it's better than running out of gas which almost happened before they got there.

    Dan has a song stuck in his head, Janice is suffering in the humidity, the trees are big, and the open road beckons as Nebraska and Week Nine stretch out.

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    Day 60: Turning Back into a Pumpkin.

    This is it: the last day in Lyons Colorado and the last day before the drive home begins.

    It's a melancholy day, where everyone made the most of it but nobody wants this next stage to happen.

    Life on the road has been great, and with the extended stays in places like Lyons, Santa Fe, and Austin, they've been able to establish patterns and routines that make leaving all the harder.

    But leaving has to happen, so it's time to say goodbye to this beautiful town nestled in the mountains as Week Nine continues.

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    Day 59: Denver Day.

    After a slow couple days, Janice and the kid set out to have a blowout day in Denver and wow did it deliver, while Dan just stayed in the trailer and worked.

    He missed out though, with a whirlwind day through the mile high city including vising an enormous game store, eating tacos, going to the History Colorado Center, and grabbing ice cream.

    As week nine moves along and the days get shorter, make the most of it along with Janice and the kids in Denver!

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    Day 58: Interview with the 14-Year-Old.

    Janice is out with a friend tonight, so Dan sits down with the 14-year-old to get his perspective of life on the road.

    What's it like to be a teen sleeping on a table in a tiny space with your parents and little brother? What parts of the trip have really stood out? What does he like about living on the road? All your questions answered today!

    Week nine continues, and a new perspective is added!

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    Day 57: Scratching Things Off the List.

    Week Nine starts with a whimper. After three days of non-stop birthdaying, everyone is tired and fried. But beyond that, this is the start of the end--the last full week on the road, and the last few days in Lyons Colorado.

    It's had to have had all this time and suddenly to have so little, as things have to come off the list instead of being added to it.

    Plus, when you're tired you feel like you're losing the little time you've had. But it's not over yet and so join Janice and Dan outside of Evangeline for one last week of adventures.

    Week Nine starts here, but sure doesn't end here.

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    Day 56: Washing a Horse.

    Week Eight wraps ups with something unexpected: a horse bath.

    The title really tells the story here. Today the whole family got invited to give a horse a bath. You know, as happens.

    Well, Janice and Dan and the 4-year-old only watched, but the 14-year-old got fully immersed in the horse bathing extravaganza.

    Grab a carrot and feed a horse as Week Eight comes to a close.

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    Day 55: Non-Stop Saturday.

    Everyone was at the park today, a beautiful sunny Saturday in the mountains. Huge families grilling, so many tubers that there were lines to get on the river. The whole park was a party and it reminded Janice and Dan of how the Chicago lakefront gets when it's perfect out.

    Then they hosted something of an impromptu party of their own, as they were joined by Janice's sister and niece, her boyfriend and his uncle and they all took a ride on the river.

    But Saturday didn't slow down even after they left, as the whole family walked over to a vintage pinball arcade in town and had a blast dropping quarters into machines.

    Join in on a non-stop Saturday in Lyons!

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    Day 54: It's Janice's Birthday!

    Join in the celebration because it's Janice's birthday! Dan, the 14-year-old, and the birthday girl herself join in recounting the day's festivities.

    There was a lot, from an early-morning awning decoration to running a 5k to going on a hike and playing mini-golf. It was a day filled with fun.

    It was also a day for reflection, of how far Janice has come since her cancer surgeries and treatments last year. She may be a year older, but she's got so much more energy and endurance now--which is worth celebrating as well!

    Blow out some candles and enjoy Janice's great day as Week Eight continues!

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    Day 53: Ned.

    Today Janice and the kids drove the peak-to-peak highway--which traverses the Rockies--to the small mountain town of Nederland, Colorado. Ned, for short.

    A former mining town that got taken over by hippies in the 60s, Ned is now a town that's unlike any other.

    Like, there's a frozen dead guy in a Tuff Shed on the main street in town. No, really. Janice tells the tale of "grandpa" a cryogenically frozen man who is now a town symbol.

    After you visit "Grandpa," take a ride on the Carosel of Happiness, a hand-carved wooden carosel in town. A labor of love that took a few decades to complete, the Carosel is truly a joyous place.

    Come up to Ned with Janice and experience a little of what makes it so amazing.

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