For me, the answer is yes. I am definitely a nerd when it comes to maps of all kinds. I probably have a dozen folding maps in my trailer right now, along with my trusty road atlas.
First, that Atlas… When I first started full-timing, a very nice Canadian couple I met up with a few times in Oregon suggested tracing my routes in an Atlas because then I’d easily be able to see new roads I could take to not go the same way twice. Almost five years later, that atlas is patched and taped to stay in one piece and I’m still marking my road trips, green for roads and orange to highlight places I stayed.
I’ve been working on two online maps and now they are both ready for map nerds to enjoy:
- US National Parks shows the parks I have visited so far in my life. Right now about half of them were pre-Alto, but I’m hoping to pick up more sites this year.
- State Visit & Paddles tags each state my Alto and I have visited. And just for fun, I’ve started tracking which states I’ve paddled in, now that I have a kayak again.
If you’re a true map nerd, you can also use the Travel Maps category in the top menu to see my travels by year, with details on locations.
Instead of insight, maybe all a man gets is strength to wander for a while. Maybe the only gift is a chance to inquire, to know nothing for certain. An inheritance of wonder and nothing more.