Every summer, for the last 2, I've taken a 2 week road trip to Canton Township, Michigan and back. Ostensibly, I am headed to a huge family reunion, but I use this road trip for several purposes:
- It provides me with an opportunity to recharge my batteries;
- It gets me to places I've never seen before;
- I am able to do some deeper research into several long-term writing projects;
- And, most importantly, it allows me to meet up with friends, both old and new, along the road.
I can, however, give you a rough outline. I will leave Florida on, or about, July 14th, to arrive at my most northerly point in the Sunrise to Canton Road Trip for Research on, or about, July 17th. My return leg will start on, or about, the 27th of July, so I can be back in the Not Now Silly Newsroom no later than July 30th.
The northern leg of the Sunrise to Canton Road Trip for Research will be -- most probably -- the western route shown above. My return trip will probably be the eastern route. However, even that is totally dependent on you. My route could change drastically as more people sign on.
HERE'S HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED: If you'd like to get the full Not Now Silly Experience™, send an email to AuntyEm1@gmail.com, with ROAD TRIP as the subject. Let me know where you live and the dates that are best for you within my window(s). As my itinerary fills up, and we get closer to the dates, I will check back with you on specific dates and approximate times to drop in for coffee, or meet you at Starbucks.
Read all the previous years' entries in the
Sunrise to Canton Road Trip for Research
There's one bit of excitement already scheduled. I will be getting together with Pastor Ken Wilson, author of "A Letter to my Congregation; An evangelical pastor's path to embracing people who are gay, lesbian, and transgendered into the company of Jesus." Kenny is my oldest friend in the world. We met when we were 5 years old, but lost touch soon after I moved to Canada in the early '70s. We reconnected last November when I learned about his book and started my series of Pastoral Letters, addressed to him. We're going to visit the old neighhbourhood together.
Last year's visit produced While Detroit Crumbled, Gilchrist Street Hung On. I can't wait to see what a visit with Pastor Kenny will produce.
This year's Sunrise to Canton Road Trip For Research is dedicated to Jim Bloor.
Sadly things got confused during last last year's Sunrise to Canton Road Trip For Research and my trip to finally meet Jim had to be cancelled. We thought, quite naturally, that there was always next year, or that we'd meet up if he had to come down and inspect his Broward properties.
That will never be.
* Provided you're somewhere along my route during my travel dates