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#Ocean2Ocean: Bluegrass State Edition

Progress to date.

Progress to date.

Location: West of Lexington, KY

Distance traveled: 645 miles

Distance remaining: 2355 miles

MPG: 12.2

Last night we checked in to the delightful Sunday Stables, where Luna and Hermione shared a barn (but not a stall) with horses, cats, chickens, and a llama. Susan Sunday was a fabulous host and the goats were glad of solid ground and some room to roam.

We crossed the border into Kentucky earlier this morning, and we greeted with the sight of massive oil refineries as well as an Amazon.com warehouse, very different from the mountains and coal plants of West Virginia.

Since we’re in the Bluegrass State, here are a few of our favorite Bluegrass Bands:

Balsam Range, Bearfoot, Cadillac Sky, Sam Bush, Tim O’Brien, Red Molly, Steel Wheels, Darrel Scott.

More questions answered.

What are you driving?

I have a 2000 Dodge Durango that’s been with me for 12 years.

The rig.

Isn’t it a bit hypocritical to talk about stewardship, environmental sustainability, and climate change while driving a massive SUV?

I don’t believe driving a large vehicle is an inherently anti-environmental decision. There are numerous variables that go into vehicle choice, including actual need, frequency of use, and longevity. 11 years ago, there were no environmentally friendly vehicles available that suited my needs — needs which include rural road driving, towing, livestock transport, snow and icy road driving, and, back in the day, the ability to haul surveying equipment across construction sites with sufficient, lockable storage. In town, I stick to walking and riding my bike and use public transport when available. I still believe that I have the most appropriate vehicle for my needs.

Beyond that, I feel that the trend towards conspicuous consumption of new vehicles is a profoundly anti-environmental statement. Whatever vehicle is most appropriate for you, it should be built to last. I have a friend who buys the newest hybrid every couple of years. This is not environmentally responsible. Choosing a vehicle that best meets all of your needs will ensure that you keep it around for as long as possible. This is not to say that you shouldn’t choose a new, environmentally responsible vehicle when the time comes to replace you old vehicle, just that you should do so with the intent to drive it for many years to come. So yes, I’ll be driving this truck long after it’s trendy to do so.

So how long do you think it’s reasonable to keep a vehicle?

The moon is approximately 250,000 mile away, depending on its current position. A good vehicle should get you to the lunar surface, a great  vehicle should get you home again.

How are the goats?


Marine science and conservation. Deep-sea ecology. Population genetics. Underwater robots. Open-source instrumentation. The deep sea is Earth's last great wilderness.

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