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About the authors

Jeff E. Jared is a lawyer from Kirkland WA (across Lake Washington 20 minutes from downtown Seattle), who has been practicing law for 25 years in criminal defense, family law and foreclosure defense. He is also an avid traveler and part-time political writer. He’s been to 79 countries and all 50 states.

Michelle Darnell is a mother of 4 and grandmother of 3, and wife to co-author Jeff E. Jared. She has been an active Libertarian for 6 years, running for office 3 times, twice for state senate, and once for state representative (one time as a Republican) and organizing/restarting the Libertarian Party of King County in 2017. She has been to 30 countries and 27 states and enjoys meeting and talking to people from a wide variety of backgrounds, cultures and nationalities. “Travel not only refreshes the soul, it increases your understanding of the world and the history and background of current cultural issues, and increases your sphere of influence as we aim to BE the change we wish to see.”

If you want to fall in love with America, road trip across her.

If you’re interested in road tripping and Americana, you’ll find “American Vector: Road Tripping in the Age of Covid,” great reading. It’s really a love poem to America. You might even discover you inner patriotic. And the authors talk race, politics and religion. A lot. The book could also be called “Controversies R Us.”

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Virgina

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Colorado

Alabama

Kansas

Mississippi

Missouri

Nebraska

Arkansas

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Expert travelers with a global perspective.

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The Journey

I dedicate this book to my dad, Myron Shelby (Mike) Jared, Jr., who turned 90 years young during the writing of this book.  He inspired my love for travel and road tripping in convertibles in 1980 when he loaned me his purple 1976 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia to drive from Seattle to Ellensburg WA (90 minutes) the summer after my sophomore year of high school at age 17 for my first road trip to attend Business Week on Central Washington University’s campus.

I caught road trip fever that summer and have never recovered.

Forward

By Co-Author, Michelle Darnell

I have tried to encourage Jeff to write a book for several years. He has a depth of experience, authenticity and insight, that while at times can be rather controversial--and even frustrating (!) and even seem abrasive, is underneath all that, quite interesting, engaging and challenging. I hope you enjoy this book as much as I have enjoyed helping Jeff write it.

This project evolved organically.  What started out as a book narrowly focused on the Covid 19 response state to state and a travelogue, quickly evolved as a consequence of the social and political unrest we observed across the country while we were traveling.  With Black Lives Matter, Antifa, statues being torn down and the George Floyd riots, things got a bit crazy.