The personal blog of photojournalist Noah Darnell.

A dog under a shade tree…

A dog under a shade tree…

It takes no leash to hold a dog under a shade tree.

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Starting days cheered onto the track (this time at Richmond).

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And onward…

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So far we’ve made it up the eastern seaboard and turned left for west.

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It would be a travesty to visit this area of the country without visiting Gettysburg…

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…and the crash site of Flight 93…

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(It’s hard to take any photo of any significant place on this trip without a Mini Cooper somewhere in the frame.)

A bit of a somber day, I suppose, but the drives so far have been excellent. Windy, ribbon roads laid over the lazier parts of the Appalachian Mountains.

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Over hill and dale and Amish country…

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I mentioned before our midday scheduled stops? Well, seriously, when the Mini crew descends upon a town… we really REALLY descend upon a town:

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If the whole rally wasn’t so well-organized, I might feel a little self-conscious about rolling up with a thousand cars and filling these little villages. But nothing is left to chance or unannounced. For a town like this, the home of the modern drinking straw (don’t ask), we fill every parking lot AND THEN start pulling up in people’s yards: invited of course.

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But during the entire trip, I don’t think anyone really felt unwelcome anywhere. And not just because we’re doubling the population of whole cities for a few hours, but it seemed like we were truly welcome. Everywhere.

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And that’s quite a thing to say about such a random assortment of locations as this. Basically three per day for so long…

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But arrived in Detroit, we have. Not even halfway yet, but getting there. The weather is getting cooler…

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Stay tuned…
-Noah D.

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