Welcome to Uneven Tenor!
The idea for this project came to me while hiking in the Colorado foothills in 2011, and now, three years later, I’m finally on my way to making it happen.
The project will celebrate the life of the famous explorer and adventurer Richard Halliburton. The joy he found in the world around him, and his appreciation for the history of the places he visited, was conveyed to millions of people through his timeless books.
The Uneven Tenor project seeks to rekindle that same sense of history, exploration and connectedness in today’s travelers, both the active and armchair variety, via a journey around the world to recreate Richard’s adventures.
Richard was an avid adventurer who traveled the world in the 1920’s and 1930’s, and then wrote popular books about it all, starting with The Royal Road to Romance in 1925. He tackled the world head on, determined to enjoy and experience every facet of life that he could get his hands on, from flying a plane around the world, to spending a month lazing on a houseboat in the Vale of Kashmir, climbing the Matterhorn, and riding an elephant over the Alps. I intend to replicate as many of his adventures as I can (yes, even the elephant), with a healthy portion of my own detours and shenanigans thrown in.
The name of the project is taken from a letter home to his dad in 1919. You can read the full quote here. It’s long but completely epic, and I promise it’s worth the read. The best line from it is this one:
“When impulse and spontaneity fail to make my ‘way’ as uneven as possible then I shall sit up at nights inventing means of making life as conglomerate and vivid as possible.”
And so, in the spirit of that quote, I will travel the world by foot, bicycle, ship, train, car, plane and motorcycle, using his books as my guide through Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and the South Pacific, and I will make my life as uneven as possible along the way.
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