“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.
Who are you?
I’m Jeremy, a Type 1 diabetic who runs 70-130.com. 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:
- Fun. Three months driving around, being free, having almost no plans, and visiting landscape after awesome landscape? Who wouldn’t jump at the chance?
- Inspiration. Diabetics contact me all the time (via Twitter or the 70-130.com 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.
- 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:
- Give a donation to JDRF. You can choose any amount you want and pay quickly with a credit card or other method. Payment is secure via JDRF’s website. It takes two or three minutes to help JDRF in their stated goal: to eradicate T1D from the Earth. Donate here.
- Share on social media. Find a post or photo you like from this road trip, or go to the trip’s main page, and Tweet a link, share it on Facebook, or add it to any other social media platform you use. No matter how many followers you have, every share helps spread the word. Every share helps someone!
- Follow my social accounts. I post often to Twitter, a little less often to Facebook, and not quite often enough to Instagram. Follow me on any or all of those places for exclusive content and photos. And say hi when you follow me; I love getting messages and comments from real people. That’s what this is all about!
- Subscribe to my newsletter. Add your email address and you’ll get an email each time I add a new article on 70-130.com from the road. You will receive no spam whatsoever and you can unsubscribe with a click anytime. It’s an easy way to keep up to date. (When you sign up I will also send you a free Doctor’s Travel Note Template to use when you are taking diabetes supplies through security.) Subscribe here.
- Tell me about your own travels. Diabetic or not, I like to hear about people’s adventures around the globe or in their own area. Leave a comment anywhere on this site and I’ll see it and respond.
- Write about this trip yourself. Have a blog, website, podcast, or other platform? Why not add an article about the National Parks T1D Road Trip and help spread the word that way? I’m happy to help with whatever you need in this regard – I’ll answer questions or send you exclusive photos for your page. Just let me know. And send me a link when you’re finished so I can publicize it too!
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.
“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.”