Barbershopper Randy Freeman has been living a barbershop dream. With no particular destination in mind, he has spent most of this year wandereing the country, visiting barbershop chapters and making new friends.
The idea germinated in my head in December of 2013 as the snow started falling in Indiana but the seed had been planted years earlier. It seemed like a great idea so as the year came to a close I began planning my "get-away". With no debt and no-one depending on me for daily support I decided that 2014 would be a year of travel and transition for me. After closing my 16 year old business in December of 2008 due to the economic downturn, surviving 44 radiation treatments for prostate cancer in early 2009, losing my Father to pancreatic cancer in 2010, losing my wife to parathyroid cancer in November of 2011 and putting my daughter into drug rehab in 2012 I had lost the momentum of my life and was sort of coasting along. I needed a change of scenery. So . . .
On January 31, 2014 I completed packing all my worldly possessions into a 10x15 storage unit and on February 1st I left Indianapolis, IN. As I was driving southwest on interstate 74 toward Cincinnati, Ohio the weatherman was predicting 4 more inches of snow for Indy.
Over the next 99 days, before returning to Indy, I would travel to 11 different states, visit 33 different barbershop chapters, stay in 19 different homes and drive 8,248 miles.