A big part of this trip for me and Brendan will be promoting our publishing company, Skirmisher Publishing LLC and visiting establishments in every state on our route where people can find our books, games, and other products. First place place we will be stopping is the Geek Bar in Chicago, a cool watering hole where customers can indulge their love for role-playing games, sci-fi, and fantasy while having a nice drink and good meal. We are still working out which other places we will be stopping at but they will include a number of game stores and, as things stand now, be in Fort Wayne, Indiana (where we will be visiting Rob Stone and his GameQuest store); Columbus and Cambridge, Ohio; Wheeling, West Virginia; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Rockville and Wheaton, Maryland; Alexandria, Virginia; and Washington, D.C.
On the way we will be keeping our eyes out for historic or interesting hotels we can stay at (including the McLure Hotel in Wheeling), eateries where we can sample good local cuisine, and unique sites that we can visit — all of which I will be writing about and commenting on here. Sites we plan on spending time at include the Field Museum in Chicago and the Kruger Street Toy & Train Museum in Wheeling, both of which I have been wanting to visit for several years. Other people can help make a good road trip what it is, and I am hoping to cross paths with paranormal researcher Dale Kaczmarek and my friend Patrick Barnes, who I met when we were each making a pilgrimage to the Normandy battlefields in France in 2004, in Chicago; some Varhola cousins in Ohio who I have traded messages with but not yet met in person; and my friends Stefan Rice, Megan Irvine, Jonathan Reichman, Rico Nardini, Chris Snyder, and J.D. Prose in Pittsburgh.
Suffice it to say that I love a good road trip and all the cool and unique things that can be accomplished with it. Keep your eye on this spot for updates as we continue to prepare for this one and then cover the places we are visiting, staying, eating at, and adventuring in.