Ashley (the poet) and Marine (the scientist) met at A-Camp, fell in love and set off into the sunset – on a budget. These shoestring-travel enthusiasts have hit every major city between Boston and Los Angeles on a country-wide tour and stayed with as many Autostraddlers and friends as they could find. Ashley released a book of poems ("The Year of the Mermaid") and was promoting it on the road, while Marine kept things organized and on budget. After completing the US trip, these two had their eyes on Europe. This is their journey.