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Journey of a Jackass

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Journey of a Jackass


In a Nutshell

This book is about a middle aged American man and his journey of searching for something better. Unsettled and dissatisfied in life, brandishing a single divorce under his belt like a commemorated snafu, no children to mismanage or feed, no day job to disappoint, no real purpose in life and ready to risk everything to make a change for the greater. He makes an unusual choice to seek his peace of mind by selling everything he owns of value and hops in his car and hits the road and becomes a transient. Inspired by a growing contempt of what is an acceptable life should be, depressed and falling into the trap believing that pursuing material things is happiness. Learning that it’s only a sense of compromise. Knowing that “things” secretly become and confine you and diverts your attentions away from your true passions are. He stops existing and starts living.  

Take venture into the records of an ambiguous yet precarious man who departs alone into a self-uncharted territory across the nation with the intentions of learning about America’s history, achievements, cultures, beauty, absurdity, and an attempt to understand himself meanwhile confronting his comfort zone mano a mano.

In chronological order this book explains the preparations, the logistics, financials, observations, company, misfortunes, sights, and what it took to push a somewhat sensible man and just decide and just say, “Screw it, I’m selling everything to see the nation. If have to live in my car to do it, so be it.” I’ll go broke or homeless if needed. It’s gotta be better than now.”

Traveling by station wagon he resorts on good people, common sense, and a lot of luck while he attempts to take on the devised route dubbed, The Scientific Road Trip, created by a data scientist Randy Olson working with Prof. Jason H. Moore at the University of Pennsylvania Institute for Biomedical Informatics. The path consists of 13,699 miles to each of the 48 contiguous U.S states and make stops at National Natural Landmarks, National Historic Sites, National Parks, or National Monuments. With no traffic, in theory this road trip should take about 9.33 days of driving in total and take at least 2-3 months to complete.

This optimal circuit across the U.S. is a calculated genetic algorithm & made by dynamic programming and was invented by meritable academic scholars and based on science and heuristic algorithms and models of observed behaviour of an ant colony systems then utilized for finding the shortest path for a travelling salesman.  With all that all considered, now some Jackass with a wrinkled shirt is going to give it shot,solo, and without using motels.

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