Modern-day nomad passes through CNY

Imagine traveling the country and living on just $100 per month.

Bob Skelding of Deerfield, N.H. did more than just imagine--he's doing it.

Skelding sold everything he had that he couldn't fit in a wagon he constructed to be pulled by his team of four horses. Now he's traveling across the country, only buying groceries for him and his team and paying for his cell phone.

He blogs about his travels each night at wagonteamster.com.

What's the plan?

"The plan is there is no plan--that's the key," he said while parking his wagon at the home of Neal Jaquin of Durhamville.

He said he's going west until it starts getting cold, then he'll turn south. When it begins to get hot, he'll turn north again. Other than that he has no idea where he's going or where he'll end up.

He depends on the generosity of people he meets along the way, and he says so far during his six weeks of travel, he hasn't been disappointed.

"Sometimes I just knock on someone's door and ask if I can park in the driveway for the night and nine times out of 10, they say 'yeah'" he said.

Often times he gets more than a place to park. Usually, he is invited in for dinner and in the case of Jaquin, gets some supplies for the road. Jaquin and neighbors provided Skelding with 300 pounds of oats and several bales of hay (which he call his 'gasoline').

Skelding, who used to be employed as an engineer at a nuclear powerplant, said he was just tired of the "daily grind"--- punching a time clock, paying bills and depending on material possessions.

"We all really enslave ourselves," he said. "You're boss give you a 30-minute lunch break--don't you dare take 31 minutes. Most people wish they weren't enslaved."

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