In Athens, Georgia I ran into a bunch of wandering hitch hikers. Some people call them crusties, Gutter punks, train jumpers, but they're all different. They were all around 20 years old, lost, wandering, not caring for consequences, and living life completely in the moment. But what made them so extraordinary was that they were traveling the world without shoes like modern day Huckleberry Finns.
I was really curious to hear their stories so I hung around for a few days and spent a lot of time with them. Here is a short interview I did with one of them.
I met this man by the name of Ehron in Albuquerque. He was very outgoing, intelligent, and great to talk to. Turns out he plays drums and a few other instruments. I immediately told him that we should jam. I set up the piano and the bucket drums from the night before. [...]
It was August 19th and I was in Boulder, Colorado. I fell in love with Boulder and didnt want to leave. At the same time I was a bit homesick and my birthday was coming up in 3 days. The next major town was Madison, Wisconsin which is a 1000 mile trek through the midwest! […]
(The Photo above was taken in 2010 on my first solo Road trip across America. I was working as an assistant and truck driver for a Photographer. This was the first inspiration for Piano Across America.) After college (May 2008), I had so many ideas and things that I wanted to do in my life. […]
This story happened in 2010, before Piano Across America, on my first Solo Roadtrip to Florida from New York. I saw the sign for South of the Border while driving south on I-95 one night and decided to check it out, as everyone does once in their lives. I pulled into the Mexican restaurant parking […]
This is a moving email I received recently: Hello, Dotan! I am a middle school English teacher, and I follow your blog on tumblr. A couple of weeks ago, you posted a beautiful black and white photo of you on the streets of NYC, with Brando looking straight at the camera and […]
I had just arrived in Seattle (Around July 10, 2011) and I was looking for a tuner because my piano was falling way out of tune. I called up 15 people with no luck of scoring a deal. I finally did a new Google search and found a guy named “Piano Tuning by Blind Mike.” […]