We created this site to share our road trip adventures. In July 2015, we meandered across the U.S. in search of good beer, kitsch locations, and beautiful vistas. Our main goal–and the inspiration–was to go from Sierra Nevada Brewery in our hometown of Chico, California to Sierra Nevada Brewery in Asheville, North Carolina. But we got there via Oregon, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Ohio, Virginia…you know, the directionless route. We headed out again for 32 days on the road in late July 2018 followed by 6 weeks on the road in July-August 2019. We share our journey along the way… and we hope to back on the road in the near future after many Covid years for everyone.
We started the “buy us a beer” button that you see on the right hand side of the site as a joke with friends…but those friends really did use it to buy us a beer; in turn, we started “sponsored beer” thank you’s in our daily video updates. We send sponsors a Pales in Comparison sticker as a thank you and we still do daily sponsored beers in our videos. The best part of this exchange is when people ask us to try a specific type of beer or a local beer they wish they could try: this helps us to not simply drink pale ales and IPA’s across the country, which we love. For 2019, we used the funds to buy books for students at Chico State, many of whom lost homes in the Camp Fire. Thank you for beers, the books for students, and recommendations!
Follow along on Instagram. We post daily video on this site too and link through various social media using the #palestour hashtag. You can also subscribe to the videos on our YouTube channel link here.
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I’m a Professor of English at California State University, Chico. And a self-proclaimed geek.
I am an artist, maker, breaker, and fixer of things. I work out of my studio/shop in the farmland area of Capay, located between Chico and Orland in Northern California. I used to be an IT guy by day and artist on the side, but made the leap to being a full-time artist and opened Rusty Vine Studio.
I could probably put this stuff all in one place, but I find it best to keep my multiple personalities separate or they bicker. So here’s the breakdown:
Elwood’s Cyberpunk Saloon
Super-secret, semi-fictitious, and mostly-private bar of Jeff and Kim Jaxon. “You may never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.” Shhh… it’s a secret… but the website isn’t.