My nephew is having a wonderful adventure, biking with his cousin from Minneapolis to Seattle and posting daily updates on Instagram under @wildeacrossamerica.
They have camped out a few nights, sleeping in the open and cooking out. Most nights, however, they have found shelter with strangers in the small towns that they pass through. Apparently there is a network of biking enthusiasts who put each other up.
I’m glad he is exploring the world beyond suburban New Jersey, and discovering natural beauty and kind souls. There is nothing political in his posts, photos, or reflections, so this Debbie Downer observation is all my fault.
The observation is this: You kind of need to be a straight, white, Christian, cisgendered male for this trip to be such a carefree lark. Just saying, and nothing against him or all the fun.