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Day 44: Portland, OR. I’m back home! 

9213 miles

The van and I have finally made it full circle. We’ve arrived back home in Portland, and the tour is officially over. I am so lucky to have had the chance to spend so much of this summer in the van with Joshua Marie Wilkinson, Mathias Svalina, John Beer, Jane Lewty, Amy Lawless, Cecily Iddings, and the 30-some other poets who were able to read with us along the way. I am so proud and happy to have been able to read poems in that many places, with so many great poets. Thank you. 

Before I started the trip, I chose to buy this old 1989 Chevy conversation van instead of renting a little car, a gamble that ended up paying off. It didn’t give us any trouble at all. I’ve fallen in love with the blue machine, and I hate the idea of parting with it. But I just can’t afford to keep it. Along the way, I treated it with new tires, a new muffler, a new thermostat, a radiator flush, and consistent oil changes and top-offs. If any of you are interested in buying this van so dear to my heart, and the hearts of a few other poets, please email me an offer.