Back in Canada, hoping to ramble (1 Viewer)


StP Admin
Aug 9, 2020
Hey, i guess i should write an official intro since i've poked my head in the Discord and a few threads.

I'm Ali, or Al, whatever. Came up as a raver, mostly underground acid/techno and outdoor parties. I've spent much of my adult life doing regular work and only traveling for shorter periods in between. I've lived in a bunch of places round the world, so more of a third culture kid than a dirty kid. I found StP years ago when i was looking for tips on traveling light, i pared my whole life down to a pack and haven't looked back since.

I've had two longish journeys while between jobs, one from Detroit to San Antonio with Greyhound and Amtrak, then over to Holland and Germany to bum round by train. When i left Europe i bused, trained and ferried my way to Greece then took a berth on a cargo ship to Taiwan. I like traveling slow. I walk a lot.

I'm back in Canada now and really want to explore North America a bit more. A few years back i took a trip from Detroit to San Fran, mostly Greyhound plus a ferry across Lake Michigan and Amtrak over the Rockies. It can be hard to figure out how to get places here without a car. Love to freight hop one day, though perhaps i'm getting too old. I never really slept rough, not for more than the length of a party or layover anyway. The punx camped out near where i used to live, they always had to get out before the joggers showed up. I hate packing up in the mornings, i want to stretch out and drink coffee and read till noon.

Anyway, hope i can contribute here with more conventional travel tips and thoughts on living the normie 9-5. I would like to learn more about traveling North America on the cheap, and maybe get some ideas of interesting places to see along the way.
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Matt Derrick

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Aug 4, 2006
Austin, TX
awesome intro, thanks for joining and thanks for your help so far with website stuff :)

hoping you find what you're looking for and if you need any help just let me know.

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