Back on the road, chaos in Brooklyn!

Cville Departure 2009

The American Festivals Project is back in action!  After a little winter nap and a few minor tweaks (ok, major is more like it), AFP is in better shape than ever.  We’re proudly sporting a new website.  Thanks to the boys at BA21 for getting this up.  The Airstream is gone.  Sigh…yes, but you try weaving in and out of flooded Chicago traffic pulling that behind your half-ton pickup.  Just feast your eyes, however, on our elegant luxury 1964 camper/home “The Dodge Lodge.”  Her ass is pretty big but she’s a true beauty.  Plus, the propane still works!  You might also notice a new face on the AFP website.  Charlottesville resident and photographer Andrew Owen is joining the project and gettin’ dirty with picture-takin’, bloggin’, and veggie greasin’.  So far so good with all the new changes!

We’re super excited for the next eight months and the upcoming adventures.  You can practically ride shotgun with us by tuning into our blog which we’re hoping to update daily.  We’re a touch behind already but we have some awesome posts coming really soon.  Keep an eye out too for some new features including daily twitter feeds, hi-def video clips, and a sweet map to track our progress.  Of course, make sure to see all the slideshow galleries from each festival.

new batch of veggie

It wasn’t easy getting out of Cville but with a little help from our friends we were able to pull it altogether.  Many thanks to Wheeler, Emily, and Jenna for the extra boost so we could set sail.  With Jonny Mills and Gabe Allan in the backseat, the Dodge Lodge loaded up on a tank of fresh veggie in Ivy and then departed on Friday January 30th for New York City.   We hit some nasty weather in PA but Ross kept his head as best he could and steered the big rig into the Big Apple.

snowstorm in PA

We arrived just in time for a nights sleep before Brooklyn’s most vicious, fearsome, competitive, and ruthless shopping cart race the Idiotarod.  Inspired by the grueling dog-sled race through the bitter Alaskan wilderness, the Idiotarod also features sub-freezing temperatures, a nearly un-navigable course, and a host of predators.  Sabotage is just a way of life in the Idiotarod.  Feelings of helplessness, confusion, and despair can set in.  But with any great risk comes great reward.  And nothing can replace the exhiliration of crossing that finish line at GreenPoint Park.  A special shout-out goes to Razvan, Dudu, Natalia, Stelliana, Roma, and Gwendolyna of the Romanian Gymnastics team who finished the 5-mile competition in 13th place.

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Coach Bela

Make sure to check out all the best of the Idiotarod in our photo album

That’s it for now.  More to follow soon…

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    looks like a sweet rig Ross – good to see you’re back on the trail

  2. Posted 02/12/2009 at 12:02pm


    The new site is fantastic! Sweet job, Cameron. It’s great to hear y’all are doing so well. Thanks for the vivid writing Andrew. It’s nice to have two writers on the rig!

    We’re praying for you.

    Ryan, Darrah, Augustine, Ana Jean, Magdalen

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  4. Posted 02/12/2009 at 1:04pm


    Thanks Ryan and Andrew for the kind words! It was a fun website to work on and I’m really pleased with how it turned out. Made some more tweaks today, enjoy!

  5. Posted 02/12/2009 at 2:42pm

    Sean McDermott:

    Finally my home page is being updated again! So glad the new site is up and running. Cameron, it really does look nice. Andrew, hope to meet officially soon if you make it to MI, sorry about missing both of you this week. And watch out for the wind! Its coming across the USA strong…


  6. Posted 02/12/2009 at 2:44pm

    Sean McDermott:

    Oh–forgot to say that I loved Andrew’s pic of the cape coming from the telephone pole. A true superhero.

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    Well now, those are some impressive centurions.

    Glad the AFP is back on the road…

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