Day 58


May 23rd, 2010

My conversation with Steve, a man of infectiously unbridled enthusiasm, started something like this:

Steve: Where the hell are you going?!
Me: Oregon!
Steve: HOLY CRAPOLA! That's awesome!
Me: Thanks!
Steve: Where'd you start?
Me: New York City!
Steve: HOLY CRAPOLA! Well, welcome to southern Wisconsin!


  1. Jamie says:

    I love what you are doing! I just read about you on Yahoo News… Anyways how hilarious this guy was! Good luck with everything!!!

    • Tweety says:

      If I ran into you I would have said Holy Donut! but HOLY CRAPOLA is even better;0) Keep on walking!

  2. Carolyn Hartvigsen says:

    I love this guy:)

  3. Abby says:

    I’m from southern WI and currently live in CA, this almost makes me cry with happiness, I miss home so much. I hope the midwest makes you feel welcome.

  4. Jessica says:

    That just made me laugh so hard! I’m glad people are being so friendly, and I hope they continue to do so!

  5. Katie in MI says:

    oh my goodness that is so funny!!! What adventures.

  6. Sha says:

    That is just so Wisconsin! HA! I grew up in Wisconsin (my family still lives there) and my mom TOTALLY says that too! (I’ve caught myself saying it a few times, even though I’ve been in Cali for almost 15 years….)

  7. Catherine says:

    Holy Crapola, I LOVE this guy STEVE!
    Just read your story on Yahoo and will be following you for the remainder of your journey!!
    Safe travels, Amigo & Namaste!
    Catherine aka Gabbygryphon

  8. Sheena says:

    haha Yay for Wisconsinites! Have you heard any “Uff-da’s?”

  9. Emily says:

    Wow. What a cool story. I just read your story on Yahoo! too and your site will be bookmarked in my favorites the rest of your journey. I hope you encounter more people that do nice things for you. Good luck! Sorry you didn’t swing through Michigan!

  10. Marylou says:

    Thats so funny! I live in Cali and just read ur article on Yahoo! Ill be following you from now on. PLease treck down to socal one of these days! Good luck!

  11. Pat Greene says:

    It is so great to see Americans helping you along on your journey. It brings back my faith in America that there are still so many wonderful, interesting and friendly people here. I hope you encounter more “Steve’s”, truly a funny guy! Should the journey bring you to Texas, be prepared for “Ya’ll come back naw, y’ hear”. Enjoy your adventures, I will be cheering you on from Texas!

  12. Brian says:


    Cheers! This guy sounds like a hoot! Like the others, I just learned of your awesome adventures. This is such a great country we live in and the reception you are receiving touches my heart.

    God bless on your journey. You’re truly doing what so many of us would love to do. You may not know it, but you have inspired thousands of people and we’re very proud of you.

    Have fun, bro!

  13. Janine says:

    New state motto: “Holy Crapola! Welcome to Wisconsin!”

  14. Kirk says:

    Are you sure he didn’t say: “Holy Crapola, Ya Hey Dahr — welcome to Southern Wisconsin!”

  15. JRP says:


    (I don’t remember who is trying to start that, but that’s also for you.)

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