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4 We are going to do did something stupid...
We're walking We walked from Chicago to San Francisco.  Many have responded with, "You guys are stupid!"  Some, on the other hand, have said, "Wow, that's cool!"  Either way, we hope you'll keep coming back to see what will happen next in our walking adventures.

So, Who are you guys?
We are Andy, Erik and John.  We're in our upper twenty-somethings and live in the Chicagoland area.  We'd be lying if we said we're the most interesting people in the world, but you can learn more about us as this site develops, we promise.

Now, we know you've got more questions, and we've got answers.

For those who didn't notice it before we do have an online store where you can buy your own stuff with our stupid (yet cool) logo on it!

John, Erik and Andy
This is us: John, Erik, and Andy
Yes, we're aware
that we're freakin'
nuts. J

noun: A very strong or irresistible impulse to travel.
[German : wandern, to wander (from Middle High German) + Lust, desire (from Middle High German, from Old High German. See las- in Indo-European Roots).]

Wednesday, December 29, 2004:
    OK, so if you know what the word "wander" and the word "lust" means, then you don't even need to read the definition above to understand what "wanderlust" means. My own personal definition is "the passionate need to explore [the world]." It's been over half a year since I last wrote something on our home page, and I know it's long overdue. The fancy word above has been on my mind lately. It seems like all of my friends and relatives are already married or are getting married. Many have already gotten married and divorced.
    I'm a 30-year old guy (some say man, but I tend to think that I'm more of a boy) and I'm not ready to lock-in just yet. My girlfriend, Teresa, is ready and, more than likely, waiting. She's been taking me to look at houses and, while I would love to be in a nice big house rather than the apartment that she, Erik and I share, it represents the next level of commitment.
    Speaking of such things, Erik has a new girl, Jen, whom he's pretty serious with. She's very cool and they've been looking at houses, too, and I think Erik's on the path to marriage himself. Soon, his life will be over! (o;
    I'll try to make this short (which you all know I'm not very good at doing), since it's not supposed to be a journal. To the point: I am feeling some serious wanderlust. It's not her or even my current situation since I work for myself and happily set my own hours, get to spend good times with family, friends, and play video games! (o; Erik and I have discussed walking to Washington when we're old enough to run for President and V.P. (Erik would make a great V.P., don't ya think? (o;) but that's a few years off.
    My buddy, Jeff, and I have been joking about riding motorcycles to the Southern tip of South America, which would be fun (and amazingly dangerous considering the political clime.) Andy is planning a very interesting trip, but I'm not sure if I'm allowed to mention it yet, so that'll be a mystery until enough people pester me enough to ask Andy if it's OK. Where do we go next?
    I'm not sure, but I know I want to go and you can bet I'll be updating a new portion of this site, to be sure!

John's brother-in-law, Jon, falls off a house!
Monday, April 12th, 2004:
    Time just flies by, doesn't it?  Here we are, and it's already the middle of April.  In less than two months, it'll be the one year anniversary of our departure.  That's just nuts!  Anyhow, I (John) will soon to return to San Francisco.  My sister Michelle's husband, Jon (whom we stayed with in San Fran at the end of the trip,) ran into a problem with gravity at the site of the new home he's building, so I'm heading out there to help finish up the house while Jon heals.  I may fly, although there has been some thought to driving out there and stopping to say hello to a few of the awesome folks we met along last year's trip.  I also hope to visit with the cool people we met in the San Francisco area while I'm out there.
    Oh yeah, and now that it's been like months and months, I've finally replaced that idiotic picture of myself with a picture of Ian, the winner of the backpack drawing.  Sorry about the insane delay, Ian! (o;  Speaking of pictures, I've also put up the pictures of the fine folks at the local Batavia American Cancer Society office.  We're seriously considering being involved in their next Relay for Life walk.  I am also likely to participate in the same walk, but in Nebraska.  My cousin, Shelley, is a very courageous cancer survivor, and you can read more about her experiences (both good and bad) in the bulletin board.  I want to walk in their event just for her.
    We're still looking into some possibilities when it comes to movie and/or book deals and we promise to keep you posted.  I'm going to say that we're tentatively planning to do something for the one-year anniversary (June 1, 2004) but I'm just not sure what yet.  Again, we'll keep you in the loop for that.  Currently, Erik and I are involved in building robot vehicles of the future and also working on roles for a very cool independent film (unrelated to the walk) as well.  Why talk about doing cool stuff when you can GO OUT AND DO IT!!!

Meet the ACS Staffers...
Sunday, March 28th, 2004:
    OK, so for those few of you who are still paying attention, the site disappeared for a few days this last week.  I'm moving the site once again and I've now got it up on a temporary server in our apartment before it moves to its real new home on an actual Internet Web Site Host (but this time it's a free one!)  For those of you who want to know the technical aspects of this situation, I am moving all server stuff out of the apartment so we don't have to worry about it.  A generous friend of mine, Pat, is giving up some space on his hosted server, which the sneaky fellow got for free for three years (at www.1and1.com).  It's taking me a while to move to the hosted server because it requires that the pages be written in a different language (PHP instead of ASP) so I'm actually learning this new language by converting this entire site.
    Why, you ask, are we bothering?  Well, we want to keep it alive for those who might stumble across the site and for those who might want to see if we spill out an update here and there.  In fact, I'm very much hoping to get out a six month post-trip update in the next few days.  I know, promises, promises. (o;  Since it's late (2 AM) I think I'll ramble a bit and then give up trying to type coherent sentances.  Right now, Erik is watching Radio, which Teresa and I just finished a couple of hours ago.  I must recommend the movie, because it's yet another reminder that humans are capable of some very cool things, and not just blowing stuff up (although I have to admit that's the kind of movie we generally prefer, hehe.)  Seriously, it's an excellent feel-good movie.  Did I meniton I work for Revolution Studios now?  Just kidding (sheesh, you guys will believe anything!)
    Erik and I recently made a visit to the local chapter of the American Cancer Society and met the very nice folks there.  I'll tell you more about that in the next update, which will also include some pictures from the ACS.  Oh yeah, and that picture of my lame butt holding a backpack will be changed with the next update.  Jeeze I look dumb.  Good night, all.

Ian, Winner o' the Bag So this is Ian, Happy Bag Winner...
Tuesday, November 18th, 2003:
Finally, you say, more than two weeks after the November 1st party, one month after we arrived in San Francisco, California, we have the drawing for the CamelBak back pack shown above.  The winner is Ian Bradley, who turns out to be a relative of Erik's who was nice enough to show up for our little Chicago shindig.  You can watch the big or small video of the drawing (depending on whether your Internet connection is high-speed or dial-up.)  John doing the drawing Many of you want to know what's going on with us since we returned, and, as some of you might have read on the Bulletin Board, Erik has a job and Andy and I are looking for ways to fatten our bank accounts as well.  The book is still an idea, although we're not quite sure how to proceed yet; I suppose we'd better finish up the journals first, eh? (o;

Away from 
horns & 
             to recharge
             the laptop
             and GPS.'

- John's girlfriend, 
Teresa, found this 
comic before the 
trip even began. Wednesday, November 5th, 2003:
Yes, the party was a blast, with friends, family and YGAS fans coming to hang out with us.  We have yet to finish the drawing for the backpack, but when we do, we'll post the winner here (with his or her permission, of course.)  You're probably thinking, "At the rate they're putting out journals, they'll never give that Camelbak thing away!" Hehe, we understand your frustration, but bear with us as we try to get our little apartmentalized lives back together again! (o;  Thanks to everyone who came to the party and thank you all who've been with us by visiting the site.  As we get settled into our new/old places, we're finally able to start stirring up enough time to do a journal here and there, along with all kinds of photos and video, so stay tuned!

Saturday, November 1st, 2003:
Come hang out with us today at Fox and Hounds inside the Grand Victoria Casino in Elgin, IL.  There will be food and fun - enough pizza to fill John's belly and yours.  Climb inside one of our tents and enter a drawing to win a Camelbak Rim Runner back pack and hydration system.  You might also get to meet the famous Kev and Sor and even some of the family of Andy, Erik and John.
Yes, we are working on getting our apartment (and Andy's nook in his parent's house) set up so we have some place to live (and so Teresa doesn't kill us for having boxes all over her living room.) Hopefully, a day or so after today's festivities, we'll have the time to go all-out journal/picture/video-a-thon! As we promised, we won't leave you out in the cold, but it might take a little while to get it all done!

Sunday, October 26th, 2003:
After a week in the San Francisco area, working our butts off on journals, checking out the local bar scene and visiting awesome observatories, we're now on a train, heading back to Chicago!  The train ride is made possible by a very cool lady named Deanna, from Springfield, Illinois, and wow, it is a much more comfortable way to travel!  Right now, we're relaxing a bit, but we'll likely start doing some more journal writing very soon and we have a boat-load of images and video that we plan to upload once we get home on Tuesday.  It'll be nice to finally be home and we very much hope to see all of you (and your friends!) at our little party back in Chicagoland (Elgin, to be specific.)

Monday, October 19th, 2003:
We are in the middle of working our tails off doing journals as well as responding to e-mails from our excellent fans (that'd be you!)  By this evening, we'll have some journals up for you to check out, and perhaps some pictures, too.  As we plan to be in the San Francisco area this week, we're planning a party for Friday night, October 24th, and we'll let you know the second we've worked out the details on exactly where and when (plus there'll be another E-Vite so you can tell us you're coming!)  Once again, thanks to all of you for virtually hanging out with us during the last four and a half months, but don't stop visiting as there's much more content to get up on the site (so, for those of you who need to waste more time at work, we'll have more for your entertainment, hehe.)  Not only that, but all of our experiences regarding books or movies or any other appearances will be in our journals as well, and, as Erik mentioned on the Bulletin Board, we plan on keeping journals for some time after we return, about how we adjust back to "normal life."  So, again, stay tuned!

Saturday, October 18th, 2003 (Night):
We are, finally, DONE with the walk!  Now, that doesn't mean we're done with this site, and technically, we're not done with the adventure yet as we're going to hang out in San Francisco for a while, so we'll continue to keep journals while we're here and perhaps for a while after we get home since we haven't decided exactly what's going to happen yet.  So, stay tuned as we start getting caught up on our journals and pictures and video as well.  We'll be starting a massive journal-a-thon Monday morning and it'll probably last for a number of days, to be sure, not to mention all of the video and picture processing we've left to complete.  And don't worry, we won't leave you hanging!  It's hard to believe it, but we are in San Francisco!  (Michelle just corrected me: technically we're in Oakland.)

Saturday, October 18th, 2003:
Yes, we're hours away from the official END of our walk, whatever happens after we get to Alcatraz is a big question mark, but ya know what, it's just awesome as hell. We friggin made it, I still can't believe it, we're here! Our schedule is going to be us hitting the bridge around 11am and then walking down to Alcatraz to catch the 2:30 ferry. The "party" last night wasn't like I had originally wanted it to be, but our friend Karin came out with some of her friends and we hung out at the visitor center in front of the bathrooms for a little while, then we moved it to a cool place. We're also going to try and organize a party for Sunday afternoon at a cool place in San Francisco. More on that later... And of course, we've got about 500 pictures to upload once we get time to name them and stuff!

Friday, October 17th, 2003:
Hello again, everyone!  Sorry to leave you all hanging, but we've been walking our butts off, sometimes until after midnight to get to San Francisco by tonight, despite some stupid cop tricks we had to deal with (you aparently aren't allowed to walk to San Francisco, but we found a way, damn it!)  We're still working out the details of the party tonight (and one in Chicago tentatively scheduled for November 1st.)  As of now, we're thinking of having the party at the visitor's center North of the Golden Gate bridge in the Golden Gate Recreation area.  You can download a map of the area.  Anyone who can make it is invited so bring your friends!  Heh, of course we have no idea what'll be happening, so bring any food you like (and wood to burn so we can have FIRE!)  And no, no new journals yet - sorry, but we absolutely promise we won't leave San Francisco until they're all up.  Our E.T.A. to the park tonight is 5:30 PM!   Oh, and we're not so sure if we really can have fire there (they're against fire around here because of all the dryness and such - remember, Cali is built on a desert!)  Anyhow, hope to see you all there!  (We have to be there by five or Andy's pants will explode!)

Tuesday, October 14th, 2003:
We hung out with Dan and Jenny, some very cool people in  Placerville, CA, the night before last, and tonight, we're hanging out with Roger, and his wife, Shauna, at their home in West Sacramento.  We keep magically finding Wireless Internet connections and Roger's got a nice fat pipe to the Internet, too... We love California!  OK, we're being big slackers on the journals, but the amazing return of great hospitality is just so cool that we end up staying up late with our hosts, what can we say!  That being said, there are some new journals for y'all to read along with some new photos to look at.  PARTY: If you are anywhere near the San Francisco area, please come to our beach party on Friday.  You can let us know you're coming and see who else will be there by going to our E-Vite event page.

Thursday, October 9th, 2003:
Thanks to a great YGAS fan, Karin, and her excellent friend, Alexis, we got a hookup with the great people at The Block, a hotel custom- made for snowboarders!  The two guys here that run the place, Patrick and Leeman, are snowboarding experts themselves, and were cool enough to give us a very snazzy room for the night with a fireplace, fridge, microwave, and, most importantly, HIGH SPEED WIRELESS INTERNET!  So finally, one block into California, we are able to put up new pictures and videos!  It also looks like Erik's phone will be in Sprint for the rest of the trip, so journals and location updates should be more frequent than ever (well, as we catch up on journals, anyhow!)  Check out The Block's website at www.blockattahoe.com and if you're ever in Lake Tahoe, we highly recommend you stay with these cool guys!

Tuesday, October 7th, 2003:
We're hanging out in our hotel room in Carson City, Nevada.  It's our last break before the end of the trip, only ten days away from tomorrow!  We appreciate all of your support - you, the YGAS fans, make up the online portion of our adventures, and many of you have also been part of the physical adventure itself.  Remember, our arrival date is Friday, October 17th, when we plan to stay in a park near the Golden Gate bridge.  Anyone and everyone is invited to party with us that night, and you'll have the opportunity to meet some of our friends and family, although we can't say for sure who'll be there and who won't.  We'll be uploading journals, pictures and more video later today, so look for updates later in the afternoon.

Wednesday, October 1st, 2003:
We are doing our latest update from the Lovelock police station because these guys just rule.  We had a little incident earlier this evening involving some kids and a golf ball, but that's a story you can read about in the journals.  After our 29 mile day, we get another treat tomorrow with a walk to a rest stop before we head down to Fallon, Nevada, at a long 35 miles past the rest stop, with no towns inbetween.  We plan to visit some kids in Fallon who have cancer, so we'll keep you updated as we can.  Obviously, it'll be a couple of days until we could possibly get online again!  For those of you who want to donate money to us directly for the trip, please go to the contribute page and donate directly as you normally would - just add a note that you want all of it to go to us rather than the ACS.

Monday, September 29th, 2003:
We're currently at the Flying J in Winnemucca, Nevada, and finally have a high speed Internet connection we can use to put up some more photos and videos.  We're getting pretty excited as we get closer to the California border and our goal of San Francisco.  Our anticipated arrival date is Friday, October 17th, when we plan to stay in a park near the Golden Gate bridge.  Anyone and everyone is invited to party with us that night.  Saturday, the following day, we'll walk across the bridge and end up at Alcatraz, where, hopefully, we'll be able to spend our last night behind bars!  As we close in on our destination, Internet connections should become more readily availabe, and therefore our updates should become much more frequent again.  We made some changes to the web site when it went down a couple of days ago and the bulletin board should be extremely fast now.  Check out the newest journals (and no, we're not current yet!)  See you all in California!

Wednesday, September 24th, 2003:
We're in the lovely town of Elko, Nevada, about to go eat some breakfast down in the Stockmen's casino lounge.  We had a great night's sleep last night in our free hotel room given to us by the cool manager Scott.  Yesterday, a cool guy named Paul bought us breakfast and then we got to go see the movie Underworld, which totally ruled.  We called up many places yesterday to try and get a high speed Internet connection and all of them denied us.  One that was really irritating was a call to Great Basin College, where the Vice President of computer technology, Mr. Decons, decided we didn't really need access, so the videos and images we planned to upload will have to be uploaded when we get somewhere that allows mere mortals to connect to the Internet with a decent connection.  For now, go check out the newest journals and try out the new View All Journals button while you're at it.

Saturday, September 21st, 2003:
We're making mad progress through Nevada as we just did a 26 mile day followed by a 27 mile day up and down more mountains.  Did I mention we did 29 miles getting out of the Salt Flats?  Anyhow, we'll be in the town of Elko in a couple of days where we plan to upload some more video and photos.  For now, you can enjoy the latest journals and see what each other think of that pile of stuff we added in Salt Lake City on the bulletin board.  We're on Pacific Time now, which is cool - California, here we come!

Saturday, September 13th, 2003:
You asked for it and you got it - there are a TON of journals we just put up, so we're darned near caught up to the present on those.  We took two days off in Salt Lake City to process videos, so go max out your Internet connection and watch them!  Erik just named 500 more pictures which are in the Photo Gallery right now for your viewing pleasure.  Don't melt your eyeballs today and watch out for the IT guys who might be monitoring your Internet usage - just introduce them to the site and everything should be juuuust fine. (o;  Many thanks to our two hosts in Salt Lake City, Excellent Kevin (our driver, too!) and his wife Holly, and Dottie, who rules!  OK, now to tackle those pesky Salt Flats...

Sunday, September 7th, 2003:
Well, finally, we've gotten through Wyoming, and we'll be in Salt Lake City by Wednesday night.  Things have been going fairly well, although Andy was sick for a couple of days.  He's over it now and we're making tracks as usual.  Unfortunately, because of some rather annoying rain and cold conditions, we've had even less time (and inclination) to work on journals, but we are catching up slowly.  We're also getting a ton of videos prepared, and we'll let you know when they're up - hopefully we can get them on the site when we're in Salt Lake City.  For now, check out the new journals that we just uploaded.  And, of course, we've been taking pictures galore, but Erik hasn't had time to name them yet.  Again, hopefully that'll be something we finish up in Salt Lake City.  Darned time - we never have enough!  Many thanks to Fox Color Lab, a company in Henefer that allowed us to get online via their wireless network, whoo hoo!

Monday, September 1st, 2003:
We've made some distance from Rawlins, Wyoming, and it's been a bit more of a mental challenge lately, getting through the big gaps between civilization out here.  Don't worry, we're still having fun though, and making the miles!  We're hanging out at Western Wyoming Community College, which is really a very nice place, with dorms and laundry and everything.  And let's not forget the very nice woman, Beth, who hooked us up in the computer lab!  We'll be crusing out of town tomorrow morning, heading for Green River, and then on from there.  We've uploaded some more pictures and of course some more journals, so check 'em out.  We know there's been long delays in us posting stuff and we'll see if we can remedy that, but until then, bear with us, and check back every couple of days (or you can go nuts daily if you check on the bulletin board.)

Monday, August 25th, 2003:
Right, so our little break is over and we're going back out on the road again.  Of course, we've got to figure out how to get back from Salt Lake City, Utah to Rawlins, Wyoming.  We're thinking we'll get ourselves to a truck stop and ask for a ride from a cool trucker.  If anyone (truckers or otherwise!) wants to give us a ride tonight, our flight gets in at around 9 PM, so send us an e-mail and tell us you want to hook us up! (o; And don't worry, we plan to work our little butts off on journals starting when we arrive at the airport, so you'll have a few to read during your work day tomorrow.  For now, appease your appetite by checking out all of the new pictures in the photo gallery.

Thursday, August 21st, 2003:
Yes, Erik and I are returning to the Chicago area and Andy is going to spend some time with his beloved Romey in Iowa.  We'll be taking our little break starting today and returning to Wyoming to continue where we left off on Monday.  Don't worry, we'll still be taking pictures and writing journals, but now our experiences will be very widely varied, and, granted, not so much about walking.  Early congratulations go out to Michelle, John's sister, on her new marriage.  We welcome Erik's relatives from Denmark to our lovely country.  Last but not least, Romey, we hope you enjoy Andy's company! (o;

Monday, August 18th, 2003:
We've completed one of the more difficult and most beautiful parts of our journey, from Laramie to Saratoga going over the Snowy Range Mountains at almost 11,000 feet.  We have a bunch more journals for you to read and a ton of pictures, some of which have been named and also uploaded for your viewing pleasure.  How we're getting to Salt Lake City for our little flight home is still a bit up in the air, but we've got some possibilities.  We'll keep you posted, we promise!

Monday, August 11th, 2003:
OK, so we made it to Cheyenne, Wyoming, our psuedo-half way point, so we rewarded ourselves with a stay at a hotel and our friend, Matt, from Omaha, piloted a plane out here to drop off a box of MREs for us.  Of course we gave him some parting gifts (losing more weight) and bought him dinner, although it doesn't get anywhere near what he paid to rent a plane!  Thanks a ton, Matt!  Now, we still need that ride [see below] (although we haven't read our e-mail yet, hehe.)

Thursday, August 7th, 2003:
It's not what you think.  No, we don't need a cheater ride forward, we need a ride to the airport!  Basically, the three of us, well, Erik and I are flying back to Chicago to attend my little sister Michelle's wedding and Andy's using the time to visit Romey in Des Moines.  Michelle's wedding is August 23rd, and we expect to be in the town of Rawlins, Wyoming around the 21st or 22nd, which is when we need to get on a plane in Salt Lake City!  Please E-mail us using the Contact Us page and let us know if you live in the area or have friends or family there that might be able to help!  Of course, we'll pay for gas, meals, and all the good stuff along the way (and then we need a ride back from Salt Lake City when we return a few days later!)

Tuesday, July 29th, 2003:
We slept in luxury last night at the Best Western in the center of North Platte, Nebraska, looking at two possible routes.  Colorado has more towns but much higher elevation while Wyoming is more sparse when it comes to towns yet the mountains should be much easier to deal with.  We've been told by many that Colorado is much more beautiful than Wyoming, but going to Salt Lake City via Devner is between one to two hundred miles further than via Cheyenne.  Andy was all hyped to do Colorado until I made him map it, and now it looks like we're back to going through Wyoming.  As always, we've added several Journals so be sure to check back a few days since we're uploading more than one.

Saturday, July 26th, 2003:
Today we're visiting the beautiful Wilson Public Library in Cozad, Nebraska.  We love it because they have free high-speed Internet access!  Our pace has increased quite a bit since Grand Island, averaging close to 20 miles per day.  You can read all about the latest, as always, in the Journals and be sure to check back a few days since we're uploading a number of them once again.  Also, there are some more pictures for you to check out as well.  We were going to upload from the bathroom of a gas station that happened to have a phone jack in the wall, but it was scary and we didn't want to get germs on the site, hehe.

Monday, July 21st, 2003:
There's a big article about us on the front page of the Tempo section in the Chicago Tribune today.  It was written by Raoul, the cool guy who walked with us outside Atlantic, Iowa.  If you're not in the Chicago area, or you're a cheap bastard who can't even buy a paper, you can check it out online at ChicagoTribune.com.

Friday, July 18th, 2003:
Hi Kids.  Yes, we know, you've been waiting for updates all week and there have been absolutely none.  Well, that's what happens when you don't stay in any houses and you're in Nebraska, where Sprint isn't all that spiffy anymore.  Well, until we get to Route 30, where some of the locals say we'll be hooked up again.  Anyhow, there are like 18 journals to read, so go to it!  We have to give thanks to the Cenex Convenience Store in Clarks, Nebraska for letting us borrow their phone line!

Friday, July 11th, 2003:
Well, finally, we've hit Nebraska (well, technically we will after this break outside a gas station on the edge of Council Bluffs, Iowa.)  And yes, our e-mail actually works now (we got it completely fixed earlier this morning.)  For those of you who have tried to contact us via e-mail, again we apologize - send it again and I promise we'll get it this time.  We'll be taking a one day break in Omaha with a friend of ours, Matt, and we'll be dumping more stuff to bring our pack weight down (and buying smaller things, etc.)  We'll be on the Omaha news in the next day or so... keep your eyes peeled!

Monday, July 7nd, 2003:
From July 4th to July 7th, our website was out of commission.  Why? you ask.  It's all due to the fact that you guys love coming here so much!  Basically, there was so much requests for our web site that our provider's computers couldn't handle the load!  To make a long story short, the site is now hosted with a new provider who can handle all of your visits to the site and more.  For those of you who e-mailed us during the offline time, you may need to resend your messages to us.  Sorry to scare you all; we're still alive and walking!

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2003:
Yes, the rumors are true. Jason has left the walk in order to return home to take care of things there.  Merrell footwear has sponsored us by providing us with awesome hiking boots.  Tomorrow, we're taking a day off in Guthrie Center, Iowa.  As always, check out our Journals for all the details.

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2003:
OK, really, there is a huge amount of photos in the gallery, from 6/14 all the way up to last night!  The watermarks on the images have been removed and the site should load faster now, thanks to Andy's Dad, Craig, who took time out to talk to our service provider.  We're also considering putting up a little blurb that notes when the last journals were updated as well as how many entries per person (so you know how many new ones there are as sometimes we upload multiple entries per person depending on when we last were able to get online.) Look for that soon!

Monday, June 23rd, 2003:
After an interesting night in Toledo Iowa, we're about to get back on the road again.  There's a ton of new pictures in the photo gallery.  You may notice that these have watermarks right in the middle of them, which we know is annoying and we'll have them fixed in the next few days, but we figured you might want to see them anyhow.  The watermarks are there because we're using some new software to setup the images for the website and haven't received the license for the software yet...

Monday, June 16th, 2003 (Addendum):
Richard Roeper, a totally excellent, and rather well known, columnist for the Chicago Sun Times newspaper has written a very cool and amusing article on us.  You can read the article online or go out and buy a Sun Times newspaper today!

Monday, June 16th, 2003:
Yes, we have a forth member of our little party.  Jason has joined us and has completed his first day of walking after being dropped off in Palisades Park by his very understanding wife, Sue.  Yes, this is the very same Jason who didn't go on the trip because he got married.  How will this affect our little adventure?  You'll just have to tune in to find out!  Check out our Journals for more information (well, there may be a delay between when you read this and when we get all four of our journals up there, so if they're not new to you, just check back later!)

Saturday, June 14th, 2003:
Updating the web site has now become a bit more of a challenge as Erik's Sprint phone has now left the range of the last Sprint tower.  What this means is that we can no longer use the mobile phone to do updates wherever we happen to be; we're starting to use people's land lines (with permission, of course) starting with this very update.  Plus, we're starting to get a bit of radio coverage, so you may hear us on your local morning show or who knows where!

Saturday, June 7th, 2003:
We're taking a little break at John's sister's place in Dixon. The reason for this is two-fold.  First and foremost, we're going to complete some updates to the site.  The most important update will be to the journals and the Ask Kev & Sor page so that you can view any journal you like and Kev & Sor can actually update their own page!  Secondly, it allows us a bit of recovery time, even though all our feet are actually doing pretty good... more will be up later today, including a bunch more photos and videos.  Oh yeah, and a profanity filter for the Guestbook, courtesy Uncle Jer, hehe.

We are actually (finally) moving.  Granted, we had a six hour late start, and we're going a bit slowly (and our feet DO hurt!) but we're going along.  We've already met some nice people, and we've updated the journals. We'll have some more pictures and video up soon.  (We've been ULTRA busy, so of course we haven't finished the site yet.)  Anyhow, more to come soon! (Wow do our feet hurt, and wait until you hear about the howling beast that kept us up last night outside of Elburn!)

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Check out the Photo Gallery for photos taken while preparing for the trip as well as some totally stupid videos! We'll be updating this while on the trip, but the updates will be a bit delayed, of course.

Don't worry, you can still contribute to our trip by buying YouGuysAreStupid.com stuff at our online store.  Get shirts, hats, undies, stickers and other stuff with our logo and/or web site address fashionably affixed.  If you want to buy something and can't find what you like at the store, please let us know and we'll see if we can't find or make what you're looking for!

We've choosen the American Cancer Society as our charity o' choice. All contributions will be applied to this charity with a small portion of proceeds used to help fund our trip. Check out the Contribute page for more details.

Hey, as amazingly unimportant as they might seem, the Random Polls are now finally working, so vote your behind off and see how many other people think like you do, ya big freak! (If you don't see a Random Poll in the side bar under the Contribute box, just refresh this page a few times until one appears - they are random, you know.)

We've got a new Guestbook and you can sign it and everything. On the other hand, if you are looking for a conversation or twenty, check out the new Bulletin Board.  If it doesn't work, just remember, they were both Erik's ideas!

The Ask Kevin page has become the Ask Kev & Sor page because we've signed on our good friend Chris (also known simply as "Hoser" or just "Sor" because he is originally from Minnesota and says "aboot" and "hoos" instead of "about" and "house") to work along-side Kevin answering your questions and providing knowledge. Note: sometimes Sor's knowledge will be random, but it tends to be true!

The trip start date has changed (it was originally May 11th.) Check it out on the Trip Info page!

The plan is to put some highlights of the trip here on a very frequent basis, but as you might have figured out, the trip hasn't started yet, so we don't have much in the way of highlights!  Be sure to peep down here each time you visit the site.  Don't worry, there's tons more content coming to the site, we promise.

We're not affiliated with stupid.com, but their site has an awesome amount of stupid stuff on it and, hopefully, they don't mind us linking to them.  We would also like to thank gorp.com, as their site was immensely helpful in planning this crazy-fest.  Check out their site to find out about how to do all kinds of things from making spiffy camp sites to snazzy igloos.

It took a while to decide upon a domain name, but when we thought of the reactions to our little plan so far, youguysarestupid.com seemed to fit best. J

We'll have a site worthy of your full attention soon, so stay tuned if you're looking for some stupid entertainment!  (We apologize if it turns out to be really interesting instead of totally stupid.)

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