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“Get your motor runnin'
Head out on the highway
Lookin' for adventure
And whatever comes our way”

Welcome! Here’s a simple primer about the National Parks Type 1 Diabetes Road Trip and Fundraiser.

What is the National Parks T1D Road Trip?

It’s a three-month road trip I’m doing around the USA to visit National Parks and other sites, with the larger goal of raising money for T1 diabetes research. I’m traveling with my (non-D) travel partner Masayo. We’re staying alternately in motels and campsites and avoiding interstates whenever possible.

Updates from the adventure, including travel experiences, diabetic developments, and fundraising progress, are posted to and to social platforms like Twitter and Facebook.

Who are you?

I’m Jeremy, a Type 1 diabetic who runs I’ve had T1D since 1982 but I still travel and live all over the world. Diabetes is a challenge, not a barrier, and my goal is to inspire others with my own experiences to get out and seek their own adventures.

Look around the site and see tons of information about some of my past world travels and how I handled (or failed to handle) diabetes in some tricky and out-of-the-way places.

What are the goals of this road trip?

There are three objectives:

  1. Fun. Three months driving around, being free, having almost no plans, and visiting landscape after awesome landscape? Who wouldn’t jump at the chance?
  2. Inspiration. Diabetics contact me all the time (via Twitter or the contact form) worrying about what might happen if they travel somewhere. The answer is: stop worrying. Just go. Diabetes isn’t going to be perfect, at home or on the road. I confront my fears every day when traveling, and it’s hard. But I do it, and I want others to see that they can do it to. The rewards of travel are more than worth it.
  3. Fundraising. This trip is happening so I can draw attention to JDRF, the world’s leading T1D research organization. I love what JDRF does and donate to them myself, so I set up my own fundraising page on the JDRF website in honor of this trip. Readers and followers (i.e., you, right now!) are encouraged help the page reach its fundraising goal. Go here to donate directly to JDRF.

Where all have you been so far?

Caveat: I use the term “park” a bit loosely. Any unit of the National Park Service counts, but so do things like National Forests or Wildlife Refuges in which I spend notable time (not just drive through) and other officially recognized areas. Destinations aren’t always planned in advance – sometimes I see a sign for something and make a side trip.

It takes me several days to get caught up on articles so some things aren’t linked yet. Actual National Parks are in bold. Anyway, here’s the list so far, in order:

Channel Islands National Park (CA)
Joshua Tree National Park (CA)
Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument (AZ)
Saguaro National Park (AZ)
White Sands National Monument (NM)
Carlsbad Caverns National Park (NM)
Guadalupe Mountains National Park (TX)
Big Bend National Park (TX)
San Antonio Missions National Historical Park (TX)
Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve – Barataria Preserve (LA)
Apalachicola National Forest (FL)
Canaveral National Seashore (FL)
Castillo de San Marcos National Monument (FL)
Congaree National Park (SC)
Great Smoky Mountains National Park (NC/TN)
Mammoth Cave National Park (KY)
Hot Springs National Park (AR)
Chickasaw National Recreation Area (OK)
Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge (OK)
Taos Pueblo (NM)
Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve (CO)
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park (CO)
Mesa Verde National Park (CO)
Four Corners Monument (UT/CO/AZ/NM)
Canyon de Chelly National Monument (AZ)
Petrified Forest National Park (AZ)
Grand Canyon National Park (AZ)
Zion National Park (UT)
Bryce Canyon National Park (UT)
Great Basin National Park (NV)
Death Valley National Park (CA)
Sequoia National Park (CA)
Kings Canyon National Park (CA)
Lassen Volcanic National Park (CA)
Lava Beds National Monument (CA)
Crater Lake National Park (OR)
Redwood National and State Parks (CA)
Point Reyes National Seashore (CA)
Pinnacles National Park (CA)

This is awesome! How can I get involved?

Thanks. There are several ways you can help. All of them are easy and will make you feel great:

Thanks for getting involved or at least checking up on the project’s progress. See you on the road!

Share your travel stories, give advice, or ask a question in the comments section.

Next page: Day 58: Blood sugar epiphanies at the edge of the Grand Canyon

“90% of visitors to the Grand Canyon only see the south rim. We saw both rims, and on the south rim I had a grouchy epiphany about high blood sugar: forget about it.”

About the author

Jeremy has traveled to over 40 countries, taken several road trips across the United States (and Canada), and lived on and off in Japan for several years. He was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 1982 but doesn't let a little thing like that stop him from exploring the world.

Jeremy writes about his travels with diabetes on as a way of logging his excursions and of inspiring others who might be feeling hesitant to take their own big bite out of life.

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