RSS feed


So send me few $$ I will use toward the hosting of the blog. Thanks! Via Paypal.


In the summer of 2009, Nicolas Rapp decided to take a break from his Art Director job at The Associated Press to attempt a one-year overland travel around the world in a 1996 Toyota Land Cruiser. He was back in New York in February 2011 after traveling 15 months and 37,000 miles.

Visited countries


April 2020
« Mar    



Click to see the map


  • When it begins to look like our traveler is going to make it around the world

    Posted on February 11th, 2011 Nicolas 143 comments
    Driving through Utah.

    Driving through Utah.

    Indeed, as I am writing this, at least than 400 miles from New York City, it does look like I am going to be able to do it. On Saturday, after fifteen months on the road, I am going to reenter the city via the George Washington Bridge.
    For the longest time, while advancing through remote countries, I have been reluctant to say I was driving around the world. I always preferred to declare I was “trying” to go around the world. Now it may be time to change that.
    Few days back, after spending the night in southeast Utah, we were back on the road and passed the Colorado state line. We were still going through arctic temperatures, and I couldn’t help but be amazed that the truck never gave me much problem, no matter what climate I was in. In temperatures ranging from -30F to 130F, the vehicle started right away each time. The steering box is not leaking as much now, since the liquid is not as thin in the cold, and my fridge doesn’t complain either after having kept food cold through the hottest climates on earth. Basically, me and my dad are the only one to object to the ridiculous freezing temperatures.

    Mesa Verde National Park, dwellings in the cliffs.

    Mesa Verde National Park, dwellings in the cliffs.

    Nobody knows what became of the inhabitants.

    Nobody knows what became of the inhabitants.

    Shortly after entering Colorado, we leave the main road to penetrate the Mesa Verde National Park. A civilization of Pueblo Indians lived in the cliffs there around AD 1,200.

    Nobody knows why they disappear in the next hundred years. Disease or just looking for better life conditions may have been the cause. Regardless, it is fascinating to visit the dwellings protected from the natural elements by the cliffs.

    The visit is very uncomfortable because of the cold and snow, and soon enough we are back on the road.

    I drive through the mountains of Colorado after stopping for lunch in charming Durango.

    Leaving Mesa Verde Park.

    Leaving Mesa Verde Park.

    Everybody does a good work at keeping the road relatively free of snow, so the progression is easy. We spend a night in Alamosa, and in the morning I spend some time finding a new power converter for my laptop, as I forgot mine in the previous motel. I guess I can’t complain, given that I really didn’t loose much in this long trip.

    In the Colorado mountains.

    In the Colorado mountains.

    Once the mountains are behind, we go a bit south and enter Oklahoma. It is the first of many days driving through monotonous landscapes. There are not many photos to take, and I apologize for the banality of the ones I present here. As I was traveling though foreign countries, I noticed that most inhabitants spent a lot of time outside, therefore I could witness easily their intimate life. Now, because of the cold and the very different ways of our western life, I am just going through mostly empty landscapes.

    Leaving Colorado.

    Leaving Colorado.

    Many people think my accent is pretty funny tough, when I stop for food in restaurants along the route. It seems like they don’t see many foreigners driving through. Food is not great in the many places we stop at, but the option of cooking outside is not here anymore. It is beyond doubt not a culinary tour anyway, and we eat in the cheapest places around.

    Church in Oklahoma. Everything is flat and immense.

    Church in Oklahoma. Everything is flat and immense.

    You can drive straight lines for hundreds of miles.

    You can drive straight lines for hundreds of miles.

    We stop quickly in Guthrie, a town north of Oklahoma City, famous for its brick and stone Victorian buildings. The place seems to be empty of its inhabitants as people are awaiting a fresh snowstorm later in the evening.

    Guthrie, few miles north of Oklahoma City.

    Guthrie, few miles north of Oklahoma City.

    After a night in Oklahoma City, we visit the Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, which is fun and features interesting painting exhibits.

    The Oklahoma City Capitol. Notice the oil well just in front.

    The Oklahoma City Capitol. Notice the oil well just in front.

    The Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum.

    The Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum.

    More driving brings us to Fort Smith, at the border with Arkansas, where we spend the night. The following evening sees us in Memphis, Tennessee. The place is somewhat depressing usually, but even more under the snow and bad weather.

    In the morning we walk in the city center, and here too, streets are empty. Poverty is rampant in the city named after the capital of ancient Egypt.

    Memphis skyline.

    Memphis skyline.

    One of Memphis many churches.

    One of Memphis many churches.

    I can see my father begins to be tired by the long trip. Maybe I miscalculated a bit when I planned the trip back, as it is a lot of driving every day, more than what I am used to.

    Egypt is on the news every night as well, and I think of the people on the road in Africa, trying to do the eastern route as I did last year. It was already not easy, but now it has to be more difficult.

    Beale Street, Memphis. Where people go out to bars.

    Beale Street, Memphis. Where people go out to bars.

    The Djibouti-Yemen route I used may see an influx of visitors now, even so I believe I was the first one in many years to have used it.

    The world famous Gibson guitars factory.

    The world famous Gibson guitars factory.

    Back in the U.S., we continue to drive toward Nashville, where I have diner with Mrs. Marti, with who I have been emailing since the beginning of my trip. A little incursion south the following day allows us to visit the Jack Daniels distillery in Lynchburg. It is worth to visit if you are around, but I would not do hundreds of miles to check out the site.

    Typical landscape in eastern Tennessee.

    Typical landscape in eastern Tennessee.

    The county is dry, so I can’t even get one shot for the road before I leave for Chattanooga. A nice surprise awaits me there, as the city is very agreeable. Katie – another follower of the blog – takes me around in the nighttime for a visit, and it looks like people have a nice quality of life and enjoy living there.

    Jack Daniels bourbon distillery.

    Jack Daniels bourbon distillery.

    Barrels of Jack. Wish I could take one for the road.

    Barrels of Jack.

    Named the “dirtiest city in America” back in the 1960s, you would be surprised by its evolution. Nowadays it is very green, there are plenty of waterfront paths for pedestrians and bicycles, a pedestrian bridge also across the Tennessee River, and many museums can be found across the city.

    Lynchburg, Tennessee.

    Lynchburg, Tennessee.

    Too bad I am not visiting during the summer, I bet there’s enough to spend few days without getting bored. But I have to get going, and after Katie gives me nice samples of southern food, I am back on the highway.

    Another familiar sight in Tennessee.

    Another familiar sight in Tennessee.

    This time I am going north, and for good. There will be no more sinuous paths. I am going to New York, and should be there before the end of the week.

    Sunset in southeast Tennessee before entering Chattanooga.

    Sunset in southeast Tennessee before entering Chattanooga.

    Crossing Virginia takes a long time, especially because I try several times to get to the Blue Ridge Highway. The 75 years old road was part of the New Deal’s efforts to provide jobs to the unemployed of the Great Depression. I already used part of the ribbon of highway along the high Appalachian ridges when I left NY in 2009, and wanted to take the same route to come back.

    Riding the Blue Ridge Parkway.

    Riding the Blue Ridge Parkway.

    Unfortunately, after driving few dozen miles, the road was closed. Once again we were punished by the snow. We attempted to reenter the road several time at different points of its 400-miles path, but it was closed everywhere.

    A lake along the Blue Ridge Parkway.

    A lake along the Blue Ridge Parkway.

    On Thursday night I arrived in Winchester, northern Virginia. I was now only a few hours away from New York.

    Fixing coffee in front of one of the numerous motels we stayed at while driving across the country.

    Fixing coffee in front of one of the numerous motels we stayed at while driving across the country.

    Be Sociable, Share!

143 Responses to “When it begins to look like our traveler is going to make it around the world”

  1. Thank you for the update!! Has it hit you yet that you are almost finished with your trip and within 24 hours will be back where you started?

    As you already know there are so many of us that have been following you for so long and while we hate to see it end it’s only the beginning for you in the next chapter of your life.

    Congratulations on making it around the world. I hope that once you readjust to life in NY and are settled that you will be ready to meet some of your followers so we can toast you.

    Take care and safe travels. Thank you for bringing us warmer weather here in NY – we’ll be in the 40′s by Sunday!!

  2. congrats on making it around the world!i have been following your blog posts since day one.i hope you continue to blog about your daily are an inspiration to us of someone following their dreams.i hope you will make a book as i would love to read it.cheers to you!

  3. Congratulations! It has been really fun living vicariously through your posts. Good luck with your next adventure!

  4. Congrats you made it. I have been following you the whole trip thru and I am sad to know it is at the end, I used to travel all the time, and now live vicariously thru the travel of others. Thank you for the little window on the world you have shared with us all.

  5. CONGRATULATIONS !! You have driven around the world!! A life changing experience. It is bittersweet to be reading that you are almost in NYC. I have enjoyed seeing the world through your eyes and your words and have learned much. I wish you could have driven across the US during warmer temps. I’m sure you would have seen bustling cities and towns, national parks and busy highways. Please keep us informed on your progress of getting settled back into “everyday life” and your progress on “that book”.

  6. Thanks for all your nice posts :)

  7. Go Nick Go!!! Wish I could be there to see you come across the GW Bridge.

  8. Congrats!!! How exciting that you have come so far :) Best of luck on your next journey, wherever it may take you.

  9. Hey folks,
    Well we’re less than a few hours away…does anybody have anything planned for Nick’s return? GW Bridge, Brooklyn, NYC? Anybody? Take care.


  10. Fabulous pics of the mid-west, Nick! You are amazing! You stayed so close to us last night in Winchester, when I saw that you were there I was so tempted to drive down and meet you. I feel as though I know you by following you for over a year now.

    Thank you so, so much for sharing your life and this year with all of us. It is a GREAT GIFT! Look forward to your book.

    Have a wonder re-entry to “home.”


  11. Welcome home Nick! I am going to miss my daily routine of traveling with you thru my computer.

    Good luck

  12. Welcome home. I so enjoyed your postings from the first day. Few strangers have given such a rich gift of faithfully sharing their life and travels. My fingers are crossed that you find work you love, and prosper with it. Should you ever travel to Hartford, I’d be happy to show you around our section of New England.

  13. Nick is great to have you back and Congratulations on your successful adventure! I look forward to more pictures and details of your incredible journey.


  14. Surfer Dude: i think we need to find out from Nick what his ETA/plan is and what he wants. He may want to get to a place to rest and park the truck and get his things in order.

    Nick-what do you want? let us know!!!

  15. I shall not say congrats yet since in my culture it is bad luck to celebrate that which has not happened (even if it is very close!) but I am very happy for you that the the journey you started to find a bit of perspective is almost over! I know that your journey has inspired me to consider trying the same!

    As many have said, it is sad that your journey is nearing its end, since many of use have enjoyed living vicariously through you and this also means you’ll be returning the “regular old life” but hopefully the memories you have created will drive you forward.

    Also, I wanted to ask permission to borrow your picture of the Rockies in this post to use as a wallpaper? It is very gorgeous and I think would look great on my phone to remind me of the possibilities of driving round the world!

  16. Nicolas,

    Your pictures are beautiful! I can’t believe it’s almost over. I have enjoyed your blogs and also meeting you in LA.



  17. I used to live in Guthrie, OK. Sorry you couldn’t see more of its historical beauty. So excited that you’re almost there!

  18. This blog and your updates have been something I looked forward to every week since before you left. I’m really going to miss it, and hope to some do something as grand as you have done. Good Luck in NYC and welcome home!

  19. congrats on the trip! can’t believe it is over; i, too, been following you every day since i found your blog on line, and, quite frankly, going to miss looking for the daily updates; it was such a wonderful adventure for you, and those following you; i feel as though i’ve been right alongside you during all those places you visited; and i thank you for every photo and tid-bit about the culture, landscape and way of living; but welcome (back) to new york! don’t stop posting, and can’t wait to see you on TV and read your book – i’m sure the “today” show will have you as a guest….
    good luck

  20. Welcome back Nick!! Thanks for all your posts – wonderful photos as usual.
    Please let us know when you are going to be arriving in the city on Saturday.

  21. Glad to see you made it all the way mate. I will have some delicious Addis tin foil tomorrow to celebrate your accomplishment, maybe even a tall mug of milk too.

    Congrats mon jeune fils…

  22. Well done Mr Nicolas and welcome in NY,NY – hope you find your home intact!

  23. Nick, what a trip that was! Thanks for letting us be a part of it. I feel like I was *almost* there through your pics and posts (okay, I said *almost*!!). I hope you get the much deserved rest and I hope you will let us know what other exciting things you will be doing with your life. THANK YOU!!!


  24. Nick,
    Thank you for sharing this incredible journey with so many of us. I feel privileged to have been able to follow your trip as it happened. Your blog posts were always interesting and your pictures were amazing! Best of luck as you adjust to a life without constant travel.

  25. Go Nick go!! Though by now you have probably already entered NY. I’m curious to know what you learned from your travels that you didn’t feel you knew before about the world? Is there any country you have visited you wish you could return to? Is there any country you feel strongly every person should experience?

  26. Thank you Nick for sharing this with us. I really would like to meet you when you get back….let me know if you are arranging a meet with some of your followers.

  27. welcome back friend your almost here

  28. Jenni-KIrkland, WA

    Thanks, Nick, for a wonderful time. I am extremely sad that I won’t be checking my bookmarks every single day anymore.

  29. Nick!

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!! I KNEW YOU COULD DO IT!!!! :-) :-) :-)

    But I’m also sooooooooo sad I can’t follow your journey anymore. :-( :-( So please write a book, get a facebook page, etc so we can all keep in touch. :-)

    Bless you on your New Journey settling back in to the continued Destiny of your Life. May all that you’ve experienced; the things you’ve seen, the people you’ve touched, the foods you’ve tasted, the trials you’ve overcome, the world you’ve journeyed through, only add to the way you relate to your life now and in the future.


  30. As you arrive in NY today I, like everyone else, am sad that the “journey” is coming to an end. I have looked forward to your blog entries & your wonderful photos of places that I will never get to see myself. Now as you settle back into daily life in NY I look forward to your next “project” be it a book or whatever….

  31. We are so excited and happy for you!!! You did it! Today must be very emotional for you. I, too, will miss the blogs….so don’t stop! Keep us informed about your future plans. The students at West Brook High School have enjoyed meeting you and following you. This week I will show a slide show of your pictures over the last phase of your trip. They see through your pictures places they can never go and the pictures prompt comments of the things they know of each of these places. One thing they see is that you accomplished great things by taking a risk. Best of everything to you!

    Jo Bedford

  32. It’s been a wonderful ride – a great adventure to be a part of. Let us know what comes next.
    Best of luck to you, Nick.
    Stay curious, be strong.

  33. Hi Nick.

    Congratulations on the completion of your around the world trip. I have read from day one. I hope you find more adventures in the future.

    Take care from Michael from Sacramento, California


  35. Nick,
    What an accomplishment we all only hope to be able to do. I am glad that you have made it back home, and can only imagine the feeling that you must have inside of such an accomplishment. You have touched the hearts of so many people through your blog, and we all feel such joy for you, yet, at the same time there is a bitter sweet emotion of a journey nearing its end. The inspiration and smiles that you have put in our hearts is priceless. I wish you only the best of luck in all that you do. I look forward to your book.

    God Speed

  36. I am sad that we never got to meet Nick. Hopefully in the future we can if I ever make it over to NYC again. It has been very enjoyable following your adventures in your blog and showing mostly what I have imagined of different people/cultures around the world.

    I just can’t believe this is probably your last post before you finally do get back home. I like to congratulate you in advance for being such a tough adventurer and achieving something that “experts” said you wouldn’t be able to do. You are making history and are a hero in everyone’s minds here!

  37. Dear Nick:

    Congratulations on your safe return home, really home! You are free, safe and I might add happy. Beautiful cross country photos. Many many more blessings and God’s favor in your wonderful life.

  38. I have been checking every hour or so to see where you are. I am so excited for you!! Even though I will not be present, I will be at Lakeside Lounge in spirit and will lift a “Mike’s hard lemonade” =) to you. Have fun!! YOU DID IT !!!!

  39. Nick, Congrats on completing your trip. I live very close to NYC, but am unable to see you crossing the GWB bank into NYC due to a charity commitment. Is there going to be a welcome home party? I am sure many followers of your blog would love to have one. Does anyone have any ideas?


  40. Congratulations Nick! What a great story you have given us! Truly, I am sad to see your adventure end, but they always do. I’ve enjoyed every post and admire your intrepidness. Please continue to post now and again so we can see how you’re adjusting to a regular – haha – life.

    Best, Dean

  41. You are without a doubt the most adventurous, confident and capable person I have ever had the true pleasure to meet. Now reading your entries I hear your sweet French accent. I was delighted to show you Chattanooga and my world. Please stay in touch and let me know how your new job and home hunting adventure turns out. I have NO doubt great things are in store for you!

    Katie- your US Ambassador to the South!

  42. You are almost there! Thank you for taking us along on your fantastic adventure. It has been wonderful experience.
    Please keep us posted when you write your book!


  43. Thank you for the great journey thru the world, I will miss your site. You were so delightful to follow, Every detail you discribed with such charm!!!
    I hope that Toyota will present you with a brand new truck,you deserve it,this was a nice advertisement for them and free.
    I will hope to see you in the morning shows or any pm shows.
    I will go and see this movie any time.
    Keep us posted,please don’t abandone us any time soon,we whant to know the endind.
    We share your happines today. Take care of your self.
    God Bless you Nick, from your follower Adela

  44. I can’t say thanks enough – it has been a great ride. Thanks for taking us along.

  45. Welcome home, Nick! Congratulations!

  46. Congratulations Nick! How do you feel now that it’s all over? Like your other faithful followers I will miss your updates. I too hope you keep the blog going for a while so we don’t all suffer from withdrawal symptoms! What a wonderful adventure. We are so grateful for letting us share it with you. Best of luck in all your future endeavors,and as always, travel safe!

  47. Donna Ft Lauderdale Fl

    CONGRATULATIONS NICK ! This is special for you: copy & paste….with sound on.

    And make a brand new start of it
    New York, New York
    I want to wake up in the city that never sleeps
    To find I’m king of the hill, top of the heap
    These little town blues
    Are melting away
    I’ll make a brand new start of it
    In old New York
    If I can make it there
    I’ll make it anywhere
    It’s up to you, New York, New York. (thank you Frank Sinatra)

    It has been my pleasure to follow you around the world. You did it man, how cool is that? !! Thank you for the great experience, education, cultural awareness, fun, and scenery I’d never would have encounted. What an adventure, you gotta be proud of yourself because you made up your mind to do something and you did it 100%. Welcome home and may God continue His blessings upon you.
    With hugs from right here in America,


  49. Congratulations Nick, and Welcome Home!

  50. Charlie A. (Santa Clara, Ca)


    Great job! I also wish I could have been there to greet you when you arrived in New York City.
    Thanks for all the great post’s and pictures. I am going to miss the adventure. When will you start writing the book?

    Cheers mate and have a great time at the Lakeside Lounge.

  51. Bill from Mystic,CT

    We have been following your journey since the start and have enjoyed your travels. I know you must be tired and a bit sad the journey is over.
    Just think of all the great things you got to experience. Were just happy you have almost made it home and have gotten their safely. When you get the time pick up a copy of “Letters to Zerky”. It’s a quick read about a couple traveling back in the early 70′s. I think you will be able to relate to the author very well and have fun comparing your travels. Welcome home!!

  52. Nic,
    I have shared your travels with my high school students, and many have been inspired by your travels. What an incredible journey you have been on, and the sights and experiences you’ve had. Thank you for having this blog to inform, educate, entertain and learn about your wonderful adventure. I don’t think I would have the courage to do what you did, but I’m thankful that I could follow your courageous trip! I’m sorry I missed seeing you in Los Angeles, we were in New York when you arrived! May you continue to be blessed, find a great job, and write a fabulous book about your travels. I hope you have inspired others to explore this great big world of ours! Welcome home!

  53. Congratulations and thank you for sharing your exciting journey!

  54. Almost home!! I can’t believe it. We have followed you all the way on your blog and it has been a learning experience for us!! Following your blog it feels like we know you, so me and the girls want you to know that we are insanely proud and profoundly happy to have shared the experience with you Nick!

  55. Al Podell was doubtful that you would succeed in your world adventure. I wonder what his thoughts are now?

    I am sure this adventure will live on in your soul for the rest of your life.

    I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for taking us all on the ride with you. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    Charlene E
    Spokane, WA

  56. Just saw your tweet. Congrats man! If I ever do anything this bold, it’ll because you inspired me too. Good luck in the rest of your adventures and I will wait not so patiently for your book!

  57. Nick. You have landed! I wonder what that was like driving across the GWB? My young daughter and I have loved “our” vicarious trip around the world with you. We looked forward to each new posting and now will certainly feel something missing from our lives. And so it goes for the armchair traveler, eh?

    Now we wish you well in the adventure of NYC and all that unfolds before you.

    Sharon and Olive – Seattle

  58. Congrats on the journey. I also have been following since before you left. Your adventures around the world have helped inspire an otherwise boring, monotonous cubicle life. Thanks for the adventures!

  59. Nick, We are doing a paper on Hoover Dam. It goes online this week. Could I use your Hoover Dam picture? I would love to use it with either a caption or by using an * and letting our students who took it and to check out a world news on your ending in New York. It would tie you in with this paper. What do you think? I already have the paper done using a generic picture but if I hear from you (Valentines Day or Tuesday) I’ll change it. Thanks. Sue Frankart

  60. Welcome Home Nick!

  61. Well Done Nick! I am sooo happy for you and all of us that got to witness this adventure. Keep in touch! And a big THANK YOU for sharing this journey with us! Now for the book!

  62. Cool you drove through one of my friends state Oklahoma I do audio ministry with him. Great guy

  63. Harvey (Naples, FL)

    Boooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooook… Please…

  64. Harvey (Naples, FL)

    We want a book!
    We want a book!
    We want a book!
    We want a book!
    We want a book!
    We want a book!
    We want a book!
    We want a book!
    We want a book!
    We want a book!
    We want a book!
    We want a book!
    We want a book!
    We want a book!
    We want a book!
    We want a book!
    We want a book!
    We want a book!
    We want a book!
    We want a book!
    We want a book!
    We want a book!
    We want a book!
    We want a book!
    We want a book!
    We want a book!
    We want a book!
    We want a book!
    We want a book!
    We want a book!
    We want a book!
    We want a book!

    Guess what we want?

  65. Sane people would like a book too. jk;)

  66. Welcome back…. Hell of a trip!

  67. Nick,

    I read the NY Times article by Vikas. There are more stories or you could go into more detail than you were able to on your blog in a book. Your style of writing is very enjoyable. Most of all I would love to see more of your fabulous pictures. I too have a spot reserved on my coffee table. If as a dedicated follower of the expedition from day 1, I could get a signed copy that would be awesome!

    I am so happy for you that you completed your journey!


  68. I have really enjoyed following you on your trip around the world. It was one of the first sites I checked everytime I logged onto the computer. Welcome Home!!! Thanks for a wonderful year!!!

  69. Wow I just saw the request for a book! Now thats a great idea!!!

  70. Hahahaha, Harvey and Samiam you guys are cracking me up! Nick, you gotta do it! Coffee tables across the world are begging for your book! Also, I am eagerly awaiting an update on how the return to New York has been! I have been on the edge of my seat for days! I hope you post something soon!


  71. Nick, please don’t wait to publish your BOOK (I suggested one back in Peru!), to tell us what your arrival in NYC was like, and what it is like to back “home.” Please!

    I’ll keep checking in every day until you say, no more blog.

    You’re a great man in a great big world!


  72. My Kindle is eagerly awaiting the arrival of the book!

  73. I hope you do write one of two books either a how-to guide (details on gear, directions, stops, etc.) for those that want to try the exact same trip and a book about the journey… the people, the fun, the danger, the craziness of the trip… I think either would be a GREAT read…
    Thanks — and welcome home!


  74. I have been following you for quite awhile now when someone posted your link on Facebook and I have been fascinated with your travels. At times, I’ve wanted to jump ship and join you as your adventure sounded exciting (and at times daunting). Yes you should write that book and I imagine that there is a lot that you have left out since it is difficult always being on the go. I wonder if when you arrive back home that you will find it strange to acclimate yourself back to being in one area of the world or find yourself yearning to go back out (maybe on a smaller scale). If you do find yourself on another adventure, we all be out there with you in spirit and perhaps caravanning as well!


  75. Ms. Marti~Nashville, TN

    Hey Nick & Bloggers!

    I had the great privilege of spending time with Nick last week! What an interesting visit, there are so many great things to say about Nick!! As I believe JoyMarie said in one of her posts “Nick is old soul”. He is so very down to earth and has interest in more things than himself. It doesn’t surprise me now how he went around the world and made friends. His accent is very heavy and I wondered how he was able to communicate with so many other people. But, his personality puts everything aside.

    It was interesting how he remembers so many of you that post. It was like we hadn’t heard from Harvey for a while (which Nick and I talked about). Well the next day Harvey posted. It really meant a lot to Nick to have so many people follow him thru his journey. Well it was a job for him to keep all of us informed of his travels.

    As far a book, I think what Harvey said was to donate to Nick to publish the book for all of us. And Nick does need to get back to the real world of a paying job with benefits. After the visit with Nick I truly don’t believe he will have any problem securing a new position in his field of work.

    As I said, I can say enough great things about Nick and his journey. I’m excited to visit with him again hopefully soon.

    Great job on the TransWorld Expedition my friend, now forge on to that new job!!

    Ms. Marti

  76. Wow! I can’t believe the trip is almost over! Congratulations on being a world traveler! I have thoroughly enjoyed reading your blog and all about your experiences, so I thank you. Good luck coming home, and being back in the big apple!

  77. will you still be updating us with your daily life after you get home? Im certain you are home buy now and happy to be done with the long drives. It was certainly fun and exciting to read your post. I sure would have loved it if you had driven by MN.

  78. Marlon Trivino (Eastvale, CA)

    Congratulations on your successful trip around the world. I missed you here in Los Angeles but I hope I will someday have the honor of meeting you. I hope you will still update this site of your future endeavors cause you are already a part of lots of people’s lives including mine.

  79. Charlie A. (Santa Clara, Ca)

    Nicks story has been picked up on Yahoo

  80. Nick,

    I just read your article. It was wonderful. I had tears in my eyes knowing that your adventure is over for now. I will miss your amazing stories. I hope you will continue to blog. Best wishes!


  81. Nick, your Yahoo article is splendid! What an incredible account with beautiful contrasts and comparisons. Wow! I can’t wait for your book!

    Ned in PA!

  82. Just read the yahoo article. What a great break down of the trip.
    In my job I am around people of many different ages, and back grounds, and I find it so interesting to talk to them, most especially those of senior ages that have been around for so long. They have so much wisdom and knowledge. I put Nick in that catagory. Though he isnt anywhere close to being senior in age, his knowledge, and wisdom is by far so much more intriuging than the average person. I would only find great joy in sitting with him over a beverage and pick his brain over the adventures of the last 15 months.

    Thank you Nick, for the experience that you allowed all of us to share with you.


  83. HELLO,








  85. Ms. Marti~Nashville, TN

    Nick, loved the article. It was fun reading because I had been there along the trip with you and everyone else. Looks as though your still keeping busy after getting home. Good to see the AP is supporting you in your writing. Now the question, will you get paid for it? Maybe you could do some speaking appearances throughout the states where people have been following you. (For pay)! LOL, got get that cash rollin again.

    Take care my friend!
    Ms. Marti

  86. Hello Nick,
    What a great article on your travels. Did your father enjoy the drive through America?
    We still have you in our thoughts everyday, and hesitate to take down the map of your travels, we also continue to discuss the various points that stick out in our mind. I’m not sure you realize how surreal it was to the “old Folks” how we could be reading about your adventure and then you show up for a visit with your father. Thank you so very much for your time, and for sharing with all of us who have followed along, I’m sure many of us feel this way, We were glad to keep you company during your trip. Hope to hear from you soon! By the way your pics of the rural landscapes, we had so much to discuss, and so many memories to share!

  87. Nick: I just read the Yahoo piece. Very good. I had to smile over the lack of ‘accent’ in the article which I loved ‘hearing’ all through your blog over the last 15 months. I must agree with others that a book would be quite enjoyable. I, too, hope you continue with your blog updates as you resettle into daily living. I keep checking to see if you’ve updated on how ‘re-entry’ is going. Missing you and your adventures already….

  88. Great Yahoo article Nick! Thanks for sharing your life with us. Come visit us in Arizona again. You’ll be among friends of similar interest. Might even learn from some who travel for a living, how to make an income doing this.
    Jim Mc

  89. What time will you be arriving Nick? I had a great time traveling with you, Thank you!

  90. Ms. Marti~Nashville, TN

    NIck, it looks as though you are getting more press. I just noticed on the news channel 4 web site here in Nashville, that your story was picked up. Congrats! It makes me so proud to know you.

    Ms. Marti

  91. Nick, just read the Yahoo article. I was so glad to find it, I’ve checked every day for an update! As I read the article, I kept thinking of that book that everyone wants you to write. Hope you are settling into daily life again and please keep us all up-to-date on the job search.

  92. Congratulations! Yeah, I’d like to see a book too. (Hopefully by Christmas?) Now for your next challenge: Dealing with alternate side of the street parking in Brooklyn! -Gerard, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA

  93. Congratulations Nick, I’m sure you’ve inspired people to take their own leaps to ditch the ordinary in search of the extraordinary. Someday….I will do my own excursion. However, I think it will be a wee bit shorter not to include car repairs! Geesh. AAA obviously needs to expand their business to third world countries.

    Loved every second of reading about your journey! Look forward to more.

    Sherri M.

  94. Hi Nick,

    Hope to hear the news that you are back safe and sound….
    I could never have done a trip like that so I have enjoyed it vicariously through you. Thank you.

    let me know about any get togethers you may be planning…
    or have I missed it already?

    a fellow brooklynite,

  95. Where are you? How are you?

  96. Congrats! I’ve been following your site for almost a year now, it’s been great to read. Would love to see a book too (with lots of pictures, naturally).

  97. Nick,

    You’ve been back in NY for over a week. Update us on your transition, please!!! How have you been adjusting to this next chapter in your life?


  98. Welcome back Nick!
    Would’ve been nice to see you cross the bridge…but I’m sure you’ve got it captured in photos. Thanks again for taking us along for the ride. Hope all is well.

    Surfer Dude

  99. MISS YOU!

  100. Harvey (Naples, FL)

    If my count is correct, this is the 100th comment on this blog since the last installment from Nick. It has also been 11 days since his last posting… despite the fact that he is back in the USA with plenty of access to the net. I know I must be in the slow reading group because I just came to the realization that….


    What we have all come to know as the “Trans World Expedition • The Year of Living Dangerously” has finally etched it’s final leg… the end! I don’t want it to be… You don’t want it to be… but it is.

    And now we all wait for the next installment. Installment of “what”… I don’t know but it will be the next installment. The truth is, we have only gotten a smidgen of what really happened over these past 16 months. Only a hand full of the tens of thousands of photos taken, downloaded and emailed back to the USA were posted on the web site. Only tiny little descriptions of extensive narratives yet to be told were posted for our weekly consumption. The other shoe dropping would be a book, a video, a movie about this great adventure… thus filling in the blanks to the outline that we have all become so accustomed to clicking, reading and watching.

    When will that shoe drop? I don’t know… but I trust Nick to make it all worth our while to wait. Patience is the call of the day. Well Nick.. we’re all patiently waiting. Put that shoe on…


  101. Congrats!! Nick. Glad you made back home. It was amazing to follow your journey and thank you for sharing. Will you consider doing another trip around the world, maybe hit all the countries you missed this time? Please let every one know, if you write a book about your experience. By the way, that will be an amazing book. Take car Nick :)

  102. Nick,

    Loved the article you wrote.

    Just gotta ask… Are you okay? You look a little down in that pic with the coffee outside the motel. Part of you wanted to get home, but there was a new part of you that didn’t want it to end, right? I saw it written on your face. Must be kind of a downer to be back in this dull “real world”. Blecchhh. Don’t blame you.

    All I can say is hang in there. I think somehow this is going to turn into a career for you. Maybe it already has. It’s obviously your passion. I don’t think you’ll ever be satisfied at a desk job again… just my suspicion. I have a feeling there is something for you that will allow you to be mobile and make money at the same time. It’s on its way.

    After a break, you may just need to get back out there on a dirt road somewhere to find it… unless you’re sitting in an office discussing a pilot with the Discovery Channel right now. If not, the way to make money from it will come to you. You already attracted some amazing attention. It’s going to happen. Big things are coming.

    Hope all is well in NYC.


  103. C’mon Nick…WE NEED CLOSURE HERE! You need to write a final goodbye post, or a the trip is over post, or something befitting the end of this journey we all took with you. The blog about the trip itself needs to be closed out so some of us can move on…

  104. Welcome back Nick,
    How did I miss this!!! I didn’t find out about you until just the other day when I saw a news article on my local news website. I would have been following you. Now I can only look back and admire what you did. Still interesting thou. It’s like recording the Superbowl and watching it later when you know who won.
    I love Toyota trucks. Did Toyota motor Corp. contact you to use you for advertising? I thought you were using a newer model Toyota until I saw it was a 1996. Some things seem to be a little stronger about some of the older models because I owned a 1996 for 12 years and now own a 2007 model. I am wondering how many miles were on your 2006 before you started this trip. No need to answer me back on this question because I’m sure you have your hands full just reading all the comments.
    Take Care and God Bless

  105. Congrats Nick. Keep us posted with what’s going on with you. -Mike

  106. Does anyone know for sure that he made it all the way?
    Could he have had an accident or fallen ill on the very last leg of his trip? I hope not!

    It doesn’t seem like him to end this blog in Utah, without a goodbye.

    If anyone has news, please let the rest of us know!

  107. I meant “end this blog in Virginia” without a goodbye.

  108. He tweeted he was in NYC

  109. I keep checking every day for some picture of Nick in New York and some closure.

  110. Hi Nick: A bit “d-bag’ish” to not make a final post on your return to NYC and leave off the blog where you did. Kinda makes some of us who followed from last Novemeber 2009 think you are a schmuck. Jason

  111. Hey guys,
    thanks for your patience, and sorry i have not been able to make the last post yet. I made it back home OK, and quickly drove my truck to Brooklyn where I parked off the street, since all my tags are expired. I forgot my camera in the truck, so I didn’t have pictures for this final post. Should be back in Brooklyn this week.
    Since I have been back, I put all my energy toward the job search, since – as you can imagine – I have to work to finance my New York come back. Also working on getting the truck guaranty back from AAA, which will make more than 10 K available to me.
    I will have a final post soon, and there will be new content added to the website, as well as a complete redesign so people who didn’t follow the blog week by week will be able to navigate through time more easily.
    Long story short, give me a little bit of time to get organized here, and I will be back.

    And yes, it’s not easy to be finish with this adventure, which may be why I am reluctant to do this final post…

  112. Oooh, Jason, harsh

  113. Jenni-Kirkland, WA

    Please just know you are missed when we don’t hear from you. It would even be great to see a simple Twitter or post about something you are enjoying now that you are home again. You were constantly on the go for so long – you deserve any rest & recuperation you can manage.

  114. hey Nick,

    Thanks for the update..we do understand your current situation. Just like everybody else, you have to set up your priorities too. Good Luck on your job search and keep us posted. Eagerly waiting for the final post. Hope everything is going well.

  115. No worries Nick! Thanks so much for the update. While we all may have been extremley antsy for an update, I think it is fair to say that “d’bagish” was far from what we were thinking. Understandably, it is both crazy buzy and emotional in trying to get back into the swing of things and find a way to write the last post. Just know we are all standing by you and looking forward to what lies ahead for you. As always, thanks for taking us along on your journey.


  116. Jason in Arkansas

    Thanks for the update. We all look forward to your final post.

    One great thing about following this blog was not having to see negative comments from bloggers as we do in other blogs. From all of us, and with respect to Nick for allowing us all to follow him for the duration of his magnificent journey, please do not post anything negative.

  117. …total agreement with ‘Jason in Arkansas’ about the no negative comments… Nick, do take your time to find you next job – which is sometimes a full-time job kind of thing. We do missed your post but understand you have your personal priorities first. It’s good to hear that you’re safely home.

  118. Harvey (Naples, FL)

    Pray tell!
    Is there a blog that DOESN’T have negative bloggers and people like “J” irritating the rest of us? Of course not! Soooooooooooo, why do so many of the non-negative bloggers chime in enhancing this kind of behavior. Simply ignore those posts and they go away. Those kind of folks feed off of your responses.

    Read my lips….. IGNORE and THEY’LL GO AWAY!

    Thanks for the update. We feel the anticipation of the reclamation process you’re facing. We’ve all gone away on a two week vacation and taken another 2 weeks to get back to a daily routine. After 16 months… and staring from scratch… you’ll need lots of time. Good luck. If you are half as successful in your job searching as you were on your spin around the planet… you’ll score an A+.

  119. Harvey,

    I may be in love with you! Hahahahahaha just kidding! :) If Nick can’t post at least you keep me entertained, your posts are always funny and thoughtful. Thanks!


  120. Ultimately, it takes some degree of gravitas to acknowledge the people who donated their time and money to the cause of the YoLD. Nick, this is done by timely closing the door. Don’t get me wrong, I find you an amazing and adventurous person and respect your accomplishment, I just find the lack of respect to your readers and financiers a bit uncouth.

    Your point is well taken however: Time to get on with life. For those of us who have been following for the past year plus, make the final post, and we can get on with our next adventure, be it virtual or actual. Where I come from, we call manners: you leave the dance with the person who brought you, without them having to ask. Call it the last lesson learned from your journey if you like…

  121. Going to go out on a limb here and say that I kinda agree with JW. A bit blunt in his language, but not too far off the mark… Just my thougths. Anyway, your rock Nick, even if he thinks your are ill mannered. Peace out.

  122. Dear Jason,
    Thank you so much for this last lesson, I have so much to learn from you. If I am not mistaken, it is the first day in my life I hear from you, and you didn’t gave me any time or any money. In exchange for that, I gave you something to read for the last fifteen month.
    I know what I owe to my readers and to the people who have been with me since the beginning and helping when they could, and I will deliver when I can. It will be my great pleasure to finish this blog, and I plan to add much more content to it, including maps and video.
    In the meantime, you should learn to show as much patience as I did when I was stuck for weeks waiting for a boat, for example.
    Wherever you come from, dear Jason, if you can acquire this quality, you may call that a lesson you learned from my journey.

  123. Hey, Nicolas! Glad you made it back here safe and sound! I don’t know if I missed it, but are you having some sort of welcome home party? I would love to meet you somewhere and thank you for the year and a half of entertainment you provided for me. I live in Park Slope, so, if you ever want to go to Gorilla for a cup of coffee…..I’m there! Thanks again!

  124. Harvey (Naples, FL)

    Nick and all of his loyal followers (…and you know who you are),

    Please remember the words of one of the funnest guys to ever walk the planet… Mr. Bill Cosby:

    “I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.”

    We often spend so much time to think about how to succeed that we forget to think about how to fail. But knowing how to fail is just as important as knowing how to succeed because we can then learn about what NOT to do. It’s dangerous to fix our eyes on the destination without being aware of the pitfalls along the way. A handful of these posters are pitfalls! We may run fast to our destination only to find ourselves trapped in the pitfalls at the end.

    One such pitfalls is trying to please everybody. Here are some of the dangers of trying to please everybody. I would guess that 99% of people who have left comments here over the last 16 months have been positive and upbeat. There’s always going to be a rotten apple in every barrel. You may waste a lot of time on the wrong people while investing too little time in the right people. At the end, you could lose the right people since you do not invest enough in them.

    You may experience disappointment after disappointment. You may think that you have done badly due to the rejection and opposition you face, while actually you are just dealing with the wrong people. You won’t have strong principles since you try to be “acceptable” to everyone which is impossible to achieve. As Cosby said, don’t even try!

    Focus on those of us… your vocal majority who have followed you all the way and simply dismiss those you can’t please. You’re plainly not going to bat 100% every time. Let ‘um go Nick. We’re here, were involved and we’re looking to your future adventure. Invest in us! Good!


  125. Hello Nick:

    As you know I have been traveling across India—-well, north to South. We are now in Kochi. I must revisit your blog entry to see if you traveled through this lovely area. At any rate, I just wanted to say hello and that it was great catching up with you in New York prior to leaving for India. There will be much to share.

    Given my absence I have no idea what Harvey above is referring to but his advice is meaningful and I always enjoy reading just how much he and others support your mission. I think what critics do not realize is that your head is so so far above trivial conversations. Accomplishments like yours have earned a lot of people international prizes, honorary degrees fro major universities, etc., etc. You are functioning at a much higher level than the critics who would not dare to drive across Mississippi alone, never mind Mexico,etc., etc. Okay, this is my take. Talk soon. Hugs,

  126. Nicolas,

    You have done your part better than anyone should expect. Would a marathon runner finish his race and then run around the track again to wave to his fans? You get 2 thumbs up for a job well done and admiration for your accomplishment. I think it is highly doubtful that a similar trip could be completed by anyone else. I thank you for the energy and tenacity you had to keep us all informed, all the while trying to keep yourself out of trouble! Good luck in your future ventures.

  127. Nick;
    Congratulations. I’ve followed the website and blog since you started the trip. I’ve told my friends about it. I’ve showed my 13 year old son. It has been very interesting. My hope is to someday be able to do what you’ve done or something similar. I’ve got to tell you that when you said you were driving through Yemen I came home each night waiting for a post. Your story about the drive through there was very interesting, exciting, and scary all at the same time. Given today’s world events you may be the last one to do that for some time to come. Anyway thanks for giving me a year of living dangerously. Have you thought about trying to make some money from speaking engagements? You’ve been around the world. It was your stage. Maybe there is a way to bring the stage to others. It was inspiring to me and I feel others would find it inspiring too. Not sure if you’re interested in being a motivational speaker though.

    Anyway, good luck and thanks again.

  128. Nick,
    Do whatever you need to do…you’ve earned that right. Take care.


    PS. How was it traveling with your father?

  129. Hello Nick,
    Thanks for the update that you reached safe. Hope to see your new post but take your time settling down. I am one of your fans who visit daily looking for updates.

    Dr. Joymaria, good to hear you are in Kochi. I grew up in Kochi before I moved to the US. Hope you are enjoying Kerala. Nick, if you ever go to India again, Kerala is a must see place.


  130. Nick….You rock! We all miss your blog, but know in your own time that we will hear from you again. Until then, take care.


  131. Nick,

    Thanks for briefly checking in with us by responding to Jason. Harvey is right, as I am sure you already know, you can never please everyone so don’t stress over it. I am eagerly awaiting your next post to see how you’ve been settling in. I’m very interested in seeing how a person adjusts to life in one place after being a nomad for over a year.

    In a way we all have been your travel companions and have grown very fond of you. In the spirit of friendship, I would hate to have you completely cut me, or the rest of your long-time followers, off from communication as abruptly as Jason seems to be suggesting. I am sure that you will say your farewell’s to us when you are ready. In the meantime, if Jason does not wish to hear anymore of your life or adventures he can simply not check your blog.

    Personally, I have been following along since the beginning in 2009 and have made a few financial contributions. I feel that Nick can and will leave the rest of us when he wishes. If someone out there feels they are unable to pull themselves away from Nick’s blog and wants him to be the one to break the connection, then I see that as a compliment to Nick’s writing and photography. But I do implore anyone with that problem to seek help, turn off the computer and get out more.



  133. YEAH NICK! Do what you need to do when you need to do it, and know that we, your loyal followers, will always be here for you!.

  134. I have not commented till now but I must say I found Jason’s comments out of line. While I too would like a last post and possibly some info for a similar trip I am planning Nick owes us nothing and it is us that owe a debt to him for allowing us to follow his adventure and for his well written blog. Thanks again, a fellow New Yorker. However I do think if your could organize speaking tours that might be a way of generating some short term cash.

  135. Ms. Marti~Nashville, TN

    Well said Nick! Your words have made me smile all day. I’d sure be on that mission too to get 10 grand back too!!! Don’t quite remember why you had to pay that expense. Whew! As always, you will be soooo persistant and patient.

    Forge on to the money due back to you!

    Ms. Marti

  136. Ms. Marti~Nashville, TN

    Friends of Nick,
    Just to let you all know, you can still donate to Nick with Pay Pal. Just because the trip is over doesn’t mean we can’t show our deepest appreciation to him for all the time and entertainment he has provided us in the last year and a half. Remember he was working for us too, it truly was hard for him to keep up with all his blog friends and the responsibilites on the trip.

    Ms. Marti

  137. Nick,
    While I’m sure being in NY you’ll be able to find a publisher should you do a book of your travels, I would also like to recommend a website called

    You set a price for what it would take to put it together (be a book, art project,etc…), and then people donate a pledge which would only get charged to them once the goal amount is reached.

    I have no affiliations with that sight but it is a great place to support projects and to get projects supported by like-minded individuals who want to see something come to fruition. Sometimes it’s like PBS where for x donation they get a book, or a mention in the book, or a book mark….

    GOOD LUCK on your job search and I look forward to continued trip postscript….


  138. Thanks for the update, Nick. Glad to hear you’re well!

  139. Thanks, Ms. Marti. He still deserves our support and encouragement as he re-enters life in New York. I definitely appreciate all the adventures I was able to experience these many months. Nick wasn’t obligated to share his life and experiences with us, but he did graciously. We are all richer for it. Kudos, Nick! and welcome home.

  140. Congrats – but really, you spend a year driving around the world, blogging about it, and then finally make it, and you can’t be bothered to update your blog when you actually complete the journey? Your final entry is ‘almost there now, and then nothing?

  141. I have really enjoyed reading your blog over the past year and a half, it was a nice break to a mundane day at work and I miss checking in on your adventures. Good for you for following your dreams and best of luck to you in settling back in NYC! Helen in Dallas

  142. Hello Nick,
    This is my first post although I’ve been following your journey since the beginning. I haven’t posted before because everyone else said what I felt and thought. However, I wanted to tell you that I have tremendous admiration for your courage, abilities, and tenacity. Thank you so much for allowing us to take this journey with you. I’ve prayed for your safety, worried about your health, bitten my nails and chewed my lips with concern when it seemed too long between posts. I’m so amazed at your strength of will, your compassion for other people, your generosity in sharing with your readers and people you met along the way, and your wonderfully intelligent and insightful comments. I’ll continue to keep you in my prayers as you search for a job and get re-settled. You certainly deserve some “down” time to recover and recoup. You’re such a wonderful person and I think I can safely speak for all of us that we feel honored that you were willing to share so much of yourself with us. I know I feel like we’re “family” now and perhaps that’s why it’s so hard to think of letting you go. But you owe us nothing. You have already given so many of us such an incredible gift. I wish you the very best and I too am looking forward to your book! Thank you again for the past 16 months.

  143. Nick,
    You are the man! We know and you know it. Eff the naysayers. Your loyal followers know that you will be back and will finalize the blog. We’ve been with you all along and always will be. We are all so proud of what you’ve accomplished. Take your time, get your life organized. We can and will wait for you!

    Take Care,