I’m finally home after an epic, five state, eight day trip that included three conferences, nine airplanes and a drive to New Hampshire and back. Just so I don’t forget, this is what the actual travel path was, though there is no way for me accurately to capture all the hours of conferencing and debauchery and good times I enjoyed along the way. It was so good to see many of you.

Travel Log:

Sunday: Depart for Bloomington, overnight in Bloomington
Monday: Train reporters at StateImpact Indiana, return to DC
Tuesday: Stop back at the office, overnight in DC
Wednesday: Depart early for Boston, rent car, drive to Concord, NH. Train in Concord. Drive back to Boston and overnight in Boston.
Thursday: Full day for Online News Association and overnight in Boston.
Friday: Depart for Austin, overnight in Austin.
Saturday: Full day in Austin Tribune Festival, overnight in Austin.
Sunday: Depart for New Orleans. Overnight in New Orleans.
Monday: Morning in NOLA for SPJ/RTDNA Conference. Depart for Washington.

Upon my return, while hurrying to get out of my last airport of the journey, who do I run into? New York Sen. Chuck Schumer, who was also rushing home after he and other senators made a deal to avoid a government shutdown.

Next week, we’ll be doing four countries in 10 days, just to kick things up a notch.