When travelers die...and live on

The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say.

JRR Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Rings

        
Lennart Rimestad / AFP
 
An unanswered question
Is it too much to ask if you want to know whether the plane you're flying is banned in one European country or another? It shouldn't be, now that an Egyptian plane deemed unsafe by Swiss aviation authorities since 2002 crashed into the Red Sea.
        
Mark Huang
The journey continues
Amid war, terror in the Middle East and SARS in Asia, after having not-quite-nearly drowned in a kayaking trip, I'm doing the only thing I care to do: setting off on yet another transoceanic trek.
        
Jason Hutchinson
The ultimate journey
This traveler humbly salutes the crew of the Space Shuttle Columbia, and all those who have gone where few have gone before.
        
Ed Wray / AP
  
Terror in October
Evil has many faces, and madness is its most inexplicable countenance. In one month, chaos descended not just upon Israel and Palestine but, of all places, Finland and Bali.
        
Phillip Gisselbrecht / AP
Ride the train, and rein in your feelings
A train journey across western Europe is at once as prosaic as a daily commute, and as profound as a rite of passage for all innocents abroad. Long may one rue its failings, however rarely.
       
Charles Weng
  
Resolve at Anacapa
Sacred is a narrow stretch of the Pacific Ocean between Ventura, California and Anacapa Island. Where a jet liner crashed to the watery depths, I found a reaffirmation to life in my one-man kayak.
C Y Weng
A final word
Recounting my own harrowing travel anecdotes, here is where I explain why I will go on the proverbial road. Wherever it may end, I shall find no regrets.

 

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