An End to Hot Dogging!

Blogging Your Trip, Dispatches from the Road, Getting There, Group Travel, Leaving & Coming Home, Lost Girl of the Week, Lost Girls, North America, Packing & Wardrobe — By on January 8, 2009 at 2:15 pm

For the past several months, LG Molly Fergus has been co-piloting the world-famous Wienermobile, hot-dogging across the country and blogging about her experiences here. This weekend, her yearlong journey inside the mustard-slathered mothership came to a close. While driving the vehicle was a role she truly relished, Molly is now looking forward to a few specific comforts of home.

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On Sunday, June 7th, I passed off the Wienermobile keys to the next class of hotdoggers. Finishing any long-term travel – whether it’s a three-week sabbatical or a one-year round-the-world trip – is bittersweet. I’m sad, of course, because the party’s over. But I’m happy, because a girl can only live out of one suitcase for long! So, in the spirit of optimism I’m listing the top four things I’m looking forward to post-hotdogging. LGs, what do you enjoy most about regular life after a long getaway?

Regularly scheduled activities Most people fantasize about beach vacations and room service meals; now, I dream about joining book clubs and going to church and seeing the same group of people every, say, Wednesday night. After my homeless year, normal things seem exotic.

Grilled cheese The actual sandwich is just symbolic (because, I actually did have a great grilled cheese three nights ago at a coffee shop in, of course, Wisconsin). But the freedom to make that sandwich means I have a stovetop, a refrigerator, and cheese that I’ve picked out myself. How luxurious.

Pretty suitcases I try to tell myself that, like well-read books, a scuffed-up backpack or luggage set is a sign of love and use. But really, the black marks on my purple set (a graduation gift from my aunts and uncles last year), make me sad…if only because it means my year of hopping across the country is over. Here’s the “before” and “after” photos of my bags…


A closet A place to hang my clothes-instead of shrink-wrapping them in space saving bags! Of course, the irony here is that I’m moving to New York, where I will literally be using a file cabinet as a dresser and storing my hanging clothes in the living room closet.

-Molly Fergus

To read more about the Molly and her co-pilot Selena’s hot dogging adventures, click here.
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