The Vagabond Manifesto

Starting May 22nd, this website will begin to live up to its namesake.

From Phoenix, Arizona to New York City, I will be walking the roughly 3,000 miles between these two cities, writing about all of my travels so that you can share the adventure with me. No airplanes, cars, or trains – just two legs and a pair of shoes, the way our forefathers saw the world.

The reason for this adventure, is to use the momentum to launch this website into a full-fledged source for travel writings and stories. A place where anybody in the world can read about exciting adventures, and experience the history of the world in a way never presented before: a hike along the Normandy D-Day beaches; tracing the route of Marco Polo from Italy to China; marching from Sparta to Thermopylae; hiking across the Alps to tell the story of Hannibal – the possibilities are infinite!

The adventure from Phoenix to New York City is going to be difficult, but it must be done. The readers of Victorious Vagabond must know what America is like from the ground, going slow, and experiencing everything the land has to offer, both the good and the bad. There is a diminishing amount of Truth to be found in our society, and I intend to find it and present it to the world.

With our distractions and technology and ease of life, we have forgotten what it was like to step boldly into the unknown. To dive into the chaos of the world and forge a path with only our wits to guide us. So we stagnate in safety and comfort, hiding behind half-truths and false appearances. The past can never be resurrected, but by following in the footsteps of great figures and grand adventures throughout history, I hope to be able to teach people what it took to get here.

To this end, all my future adventures must follow a strict rule: I can travel only using the methods the adventurers who came before me used. If Lewis and Clark used a paddle-boat, then so must I. To violate this rule would make me guilty of a great crime, as I would be cheating both myself and all my readers.

Beginning May 28th, this website will be posting weekly updates and articles about my travels, complete with high-definition pictures, and eventually videos as well. To my readers: Stay tuned, stay loyal, and help me build this dream by sharing my work as much as possible. Only with your help will this be possible.


Onwards and upwards,

Ian Scott Rogers



  1. Hi Ian, I’m your Mom’s cousin Donna Gilstrap Mayfield. I want to wish you good luck and lots of fun and good weather on your trip. I bet you’re not heading through Lubbock, Tx but if you do you can stay with me. If you go through the Dallas area I have friends I’m sure I can hook you up with, though I have not checked with them they are very generous people. Anyway best of luck, your cousin Donna.

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  2. Late start; Ian began his trek at 7:00AM this morning, 23 May 2017 – one day later than scheduled. If I could figure out how to post pics I’d offer some shots of him at Hunt Highway in Queen Creek, AZ.

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  3. Thank you Donna! Het Ian, good to see you have highway followers! Nice! I’m looking forward to reading some sensational stories about places we’ve never been or maybe some that we have. Lots of love and support – Mammy


  4. Ian,
    Chet sent me an email re your trek. I wish you fair winds and smooth sailing. Also, I am praying without ceasing for your good health and safety.
    Love, Love, Love, Aunt Joan


  5. Just stopped out with Ian on Highway 79 at around mile marker 110. We had a quick chat but he was headed to the steakhouse for some food and rest. I didn’t want to take up too much time.

    Good luck! Stay safe.

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  6. We drove by you passing through Mule Creek, NM on Friday June 23, 2017. Beautiful country out there to explore. We wish you safe travels and wonderful experiences.

    Chris & Amanda

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