Coffee in Berkeley just days before leaving
Coffee in Berkeley just days before leaving Photo C. Stinehour

The Motoscribendi tour rolls out in a few hours. I packed all my clothes and camping gear, now the hard part comes: Getting the traveling writing kit together - pens, inks, paper, etc.

Packing the bike
Packing up to leave. Photo M. Smith

The t-shirts are done as you can see and have already been shipped out, so that's been a relief to have accomplished. Thanks to Meg Smith, other fulfillment will be done while I'm gone. And she and her boyfriend are taking their bikes to escort me to Sacramento on Delta roads and twisties just to get things going.

Where am I going?

I've come to the conclusion that an itinerary will help - even if I change things up along the way. The list below is my first attempt at routing.

August 6th - Saturday 8th: Oakland/Santa Fe, NM August 10th - Tuesday 11th: Santa Fe/Austin August 12 - 18 Austin, TX August 18 - 21 Houston August 22 - 23 Houston/Iowa City August 24 - 25 Iowa City, IA August 26 Iowa City/Chicago August 27 - September 2 Chicago, IL Sept. 2 Chicago/Ann Arbor, MI Sept. 3 - 4 Ann Arbor & Detroit, MI Sept. 5 - 6 Detroit/Charlottesville Sept. 6 - 7 Charlottesville, VA Sept. 8 - 9 Richmond, VA Sept. 10 Richmond/Washington, D.C. Sept 11 - 15 Washington, DC Sept. 16 Washington, DC/Princeton Sept. 17 -18 Princeton, NJ Sept. 19 Princeton/NYC Sept. 20 - 26 NYC Sept 27 NYC/New Haven Sept 28 - 29 New Haven, CT Sept. 30 New Haven/Worcester Oct. 1 - 3 Worcester, MA Oct. 4 Worcester/Cambridge Oct. 5 - 8 Cambridge, MA Oct. 9 -10 Hanover, NH Oct 11 Hanover/Scranton, PA Oct. 12 Scranton/Philadelphia Oct 13 - 14 Philadelphia, PA Oct. 14 Philadelphia/Cleveland Oct. 15 - 17 GBW, Cleveland, OH Oct. 23 - 24 APHA Rochester, NY Oct. 25 - 31 Return to CA, no fixed itinerary

Remember, this is a motorcycle tour of libraries that have writing manuals and copybooks, and to keep that in mind, here's a few more items to look at.

Palatino 1588 Bancroft Library
Palatino 1588 Bancroft Library Photo NGY
Horfei @ Harry Ransom Center Photo NY
Horfei @ Harry Ransom Center Photo NGY

I'll see you in a few days with a report.

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