Is driving from Maryland to Nevada a proper Hero’s Journey?

An essential ingredient is crossing over (or through) water.

We’ll be taking the northern route — through North Dakota and Montana. In River Horse, William Least Heat-Moon makes the case that what we call the Missouri River should be seen as the proper origin of the Mississippi river. The part of the Mississippi north of St. Louis, Missouri, is really a tributary of the massive river that cuts the continent from the mountains of Oregon through to the Gulf of Mexico.

We expect to cross the river in Bismarck, ND on day five somewhere around May 25th or so. Stay tuned to see how this works out.