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What A Long Strange Trip – Friday Fictioneers

January 7, 2015

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This week’s photo prompt courtesy of, and copyright by, Jean L. Hays.



What A Long Strange Trip
I turned 18 and said goodbye to Ava, Illinois. In August, I stood on the Highway 57 ramp with my thumb in the air. I got a ride to Chicago from two guys going to see The Who at the Auditorium Theater.  I had no idea what to do when I got there so I walked around. I headed toward the lake and wound up at Jackson and Lake Shore Drive which is where I saw the sign. I remember it like it was yesterday: I started west and I stopped 2,400 miles later. That beautiful sign changed my life.


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8 Comments leave one →
  1. January 7, 2015 5:10 pm

    Sounds as though it was a good change, Michael.



  2. January 7, 2015 5:50 pm

    I love the ending! A true happy ending. 🙂


  3. January 8, 2015 6:51 am

    Dear Michael,

    Road trips will do that. A nice evocation of the prompt and the time. Well done.




  4. January 8, 2015 6:51 am

    Dear Michael,

    If we look back I think we recognize those little milestones that changed our lives. It’s a journey with lots of turns and twists. Your story illustrates this well.




  5. January 8, 2015 9:07 am

    Sounds very true. What a great memory.


  6. January 13, 2015 2:39 pm

    Great last sentence.. there are those cases that once you start moving you go a long way.


  7. January 13, 2015 4:02 pm

    I bummed a ride from Rantoul, Illinois to Chicago once and spent the night in Midway Airport. It has been a long, strange trip ever since. Nice story.


  8. January 14, 2015 1:47 am

    If you’re going to wander, I guess hat’s the age to do it. I can understand how it could change a life. Hitchhiking can be chancy though. Good story, Michael, and well done. 🙂 — Suzanne


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