When does the World Tour actually happen?
It begins on 10 July, and continues for somewhere between two and three weeks, though closer to two.
What makes it a World Tour, exactly, since you’re not leaving the States or anything?
Two things: it’s awfully damned long, and much of it is through relatively unfamiliar territory.
How long is “awfully damned long”?
I expect somewhere between 4000 and 4500 miles.
You’ve done this five times before. Why do it again?
Because I can. More to the point, it’s good for me to get out of town, and it’s good for my car to get a serious workout once in a while.
Will you be blogging every day?
That’s the plan, anyway. You can still read the reports from 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2005. (The 2006 version ended in semi-tragedy.) I have Wi-Fi capability, I carry a spare CAT 5 cable, and if all else fails, I have a dial-up.
What’s the shape of this year’s route?
It’s an irregular polygon.
How much of this is copied from previous World Tour FAQs?
Rather a lot, actually.
Is there any chance you’ll say “Screw it” and not go home?
I would have to be extremely fortunate, in the winning-lotto-ticket sense, or extremely smitten, in the “I’ve been waiting for you all my life” sense. Don’t count on either of these actually taking place.
How come it took so long to post this?
Two factors: I couldn’t reconcile my desire for a shorter Tour with the fact that I’ve seen most of what’s close by, and I have lingering concerns about my car, which has performed admirably on 400-mile days in the past but whose ailments, once manifest, tend to be hyperexpensive to cure.
What finally made you settle on a route?
It’s been this way all my life: no one comes to Florida.
I can’t believe you’d actually plan a whole trip over an offhand (maybe) remark.
That’s not a question.