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About Rick:Rick the Road Life Writer

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     Rick is a Boston boy, transplanted to Key West, Florida at age 45, and transported onto the byways and highways of North America at age 66, when I proclaimed "Enough Is Enough" and escaped the full-time work gig and submitted to the sirens call of the Open Road.

     There's not much I enjoy more than taking a break on a long roadtrip, taking a seat at some roadside watering hole, pulling out my leather-bound journal and pen, and letting my mind pour onto the pages.  The sentences gush like rivers.  Moments from hours ago come back from blurred memory, details sizzle, nameless faces come to life, and seemingly insignificant events swell into episodes and chapters.

     Technology as phased out the pen in most cases now -- rendered obsolete by the iPad.  I still do my best drafts with ink and paper, but there is a lot to be said for the expedience of plipping on a screen, tweaking a few edits, and tapping "Publish."

Utah 228 to Canyonlands NP

Utah Highway 228, driving to the Needles Area of Canyonlands National Park

My Writing Background

      A matriculation from Boston College with a B.A. in English led to a 14-career as a high school English teacher. 

The best course each and every year was Creative Writing.  Handing a roomful of 17-year-olds an open invitation to make withdrawals from their cascading brains — instead of the usual deposit, deposit, deposit — led to some amazingly times.  The goal was to have them feel that writing
was not merely a tedious task that had to be completed on deadline;  it could be enjoyable, as an escape, as a way to tap into who they were and whoever they thought they could be.  Some of their work was fantastic.  (Some wasn't.  Not gonna lie.  Ha.)

      Underclass curriculum involved writing, vocabulary, writing, vocabulary and more writing.  It was about How It Is Done; how to use words to their advantage, how to build sentences for ultimate clarity, how to construct a cohesive essay.  If they could gain a degree of mastery in these skills, they would not fear the process, and they could learn the power of effective communication.
      As track and cross country coach, I wrote more than 300 articles for the local newspaper under the pseudonym Thom S. Hunter, a twist on the name of my favorite gonzo journalist of the era
     I love words.  Teaching those young adults how to wield them was exhilarating ... and exhausting.  After 14 years, I took Thoreau's advice and pulled myself out of the rut of conformity ... and out of the snowbanks of the northeast.. 

      Relocating to Key West opened the doors to doing writing, rather than teaching it.  After the summer cross-country roadtrip of 2004, the “short letter" to family and friends, turned into a 3-volume, 115-page, fully-illustrated document entitled, Road Romp '04, or How I Spent My Summer Vacation(See Samples) That was done Old Style: scribbled journal notes from the road painstakingly transcribed afterwards into Word.  

      Then came the technological expedience of the iPad Mini in 2012, and an immediate zoom into blogging, which billowed and bloomed into the tome that is “Barhoppin’ Bone Island”, more than 900 typed pages written purely for the enjoyment of friends. Recently I've upgraded that site into the more SEO-friendly

Tioga Road, Yosemite NP

Tioga Road, the only east-side entrance to Yosemite National Park, California

Ahhh, the Road, the Road...

      I have owned eight conversion vans from 1979 through 2019, the best five of which were good for an average of 200,000 miles.  They crossed 48 states and 9 provinces.  Having summers off was a huge plus back in the 1980's, but the more recent  major trips came in two-week or three-week bursts in 2004, 2005, and 2006. 

     More recently, there was an Alaska exploration in 2015, and a 23-day campervan (i.e., Toyota minivan) tour of Europe that passed under 18 flags and covered just under 8,000 miles.

     There might be a night or two in an inexpensive hotel room on any given roadtrip, but I've always preferred bedding down for the night in my own van, and there have been quite a few inventive locations.

     In February of 2020, I purchased a 2018 RAM ProMaster cargo van and spent the next year-plus immersed in a DIY conversion into a fully livable RV, with solar power, running water, screened windows, refrigeration, and much more.  It is fully documented in my other new website,

Monitor Pass, CA
Monitor Pass, central California, in mid-May (yes, mid-MAY).

A New Post-Career Career

     Well, now, there is no time limit, no rush to get in "one more National Park" before grudgingly returning to work.  And that means more time to write about my own travels, and to write in any way I can about road life, road travel, driving vacations, and the like.

    And more time to write for youWhat do you need?  From the formal and efficient tone of white letters, to the concise verbiage of Google ads, to comfortably narrated case studies, to casual and conversational blog posts ... or anything in between.  I understand the user experience subtleties of a successful website, and can help you express your ideas in a way that the site visitor will enjoy, from the landing through the sales page, right into the follow-up communications.

     I love doing Internet research.  You find some dang cool stuff when you burrow around in rabbit holes.  Check out some of the US State Facts in the various chapters of the RAMblings (see Samples) and you'll see what I mean.

     Give me a shout and we can discuss your needs and what I think I can do to help you make them happen.