Cars zoom by us at lightning pace. Most of them give us a funny look and some just look at their cellphones, which doesn’t make me feel the most comfortable about standing on the side of the road. A car slows down… She makes eye contact… Could this finally be it? As Mark put it, “A ride will come eventually.” Suddenly, there is cash waiving out of the window like we look homeless or something. Our sign clearly states Bozeman in giant letters, which is the only big thing 3 hours down the road. But I guess to some, the idea of two people with giant backpacks on the side of a road, holding a cardboard sign, must be a charity case. I turn down the money and ask for a ride, just like I did 15 minutes before and just like I did when somebody walked over to us and offered us food 10 minutes prior. We came prepared monetarily for this trip, which would confuse some as to why we would be standing on the side of the road in 45 degree gloomy rainy weather, hitchhiking. Well, the answer is simple. Chosen Inconvenience. I believe we live in a society where convenience has become an addiction and I am just as guilty as the next. With a societal flow so based around convenience, I try to leave a few places in my life for Chosen Inconvenience. This particular time, the decision was made by Mindy Babcock and I, out of a curiosity of what it would be like to travel without a vehicle. But not just any travel. 2,027 miles, 2 countries, 6 states, and 10 National Parks with just our backpacks. This page is the series of blog posts about this trip that were either written on the the road, or during our time spent in New Orleans, after. Below are all the image galleries from the trip. Enjoy.